Next day, thanks to the generous regatta system by which rowing gives every beaten crew a second try, Oxford and Ratzeburg, along with Australia and Canada, recouped their earlier losses and rowed back into competition in the rep�chages. That put heavily favored Harvard up against the Germans, the New Zealanders, the Aussies, the English and the Canadians in the finals.
Needless to say, with Keller watching closely, the insouciant Harvards got to the start in plenty of time and full of confidence. If the Ratzeburgers had been somewhat shaken by their defeat on Thursday, their spirits were more than restored by a rep�chage clocking of 6:02.43 on Friday, the fastest of any eight in the regatta. Both of these crews went to the start fully prepared to make it a match race, but the determined rowers from down under had different ideas, so different that the northern championships became a Southern Cross special. The New Zealanders pulled ahead at the very start, with the Ratzeburgers close behind. Then, seemingly out of nowhere at the 1,600 mark, the Aussies pulled up on the Germans. The race ended with the New Zealanders in first place, the Aussies second and the Ratzeburgers third. The Harvards were a hopeless fourth.
Maybe Keller was right after all.