This season a challenge was sent from Eton offering to race at Staines, as usual refusing to come nearer to our water. Thursday the __ of May was the day appointed and at 6 o’clock the boats took their station at Staines Bridge. After one false start they got away, the Westminsters taking the lead; they kept it for about a mile, when the Etonians foul’d, kept even, [fit] the flay boat, raced for the last two miles and ultimately won by two lengths. The distance was raced in 20 minutes 4 miles and a half.
The Westminsters pulled in a new [fin] boat called the Fairy Queen built expressly for the race by W. Noulton of Lambeth, who steered. The crew was as follows
Added by Somerton H.B.