The race was conducted over 3 miles on the Port River, Port Adelaide on 23rd April. The race was very tight with only 6 feet separating the first two crews. The local crew was unable to use the local knowledge to gain an advantage finishing last.
John Lang reported that this race "was the most desperate and close affair between Melbourne and Sydney. In this way it is the most famous of any race rowed up to 1911."
The race highlight was was a low light - the Marine Board barge which kept the course clear cut across the crews which Adelaide got hit first, then Melbourne and finally Sydney. Whilst Melbourne got the waves for longest, their stoke stopped rowing for 12 strokes, Sydney got the highest waves and almost stopped. Bothe Sydney and Melbourne raced the last part of the race neck and neck despite their exhaustion.
Time: 17 mins 21 secs
Margin: 6 feet and 4 lengths
1st Melbourne University - Bow: Cyrus Bath Retallack, 2: Ernest Fairclough Nicholson, 3: Charles Sydney Graham, 4: William Bennett Neale, 5: James L Bell, 6: Donald Clive Morrison, 7: Harold Irving, Str: Arthur Robertson Morrison, Cox: Ernest Officer, Cch: George Upward
2nd Sydney University - Bow: William T Coyle, 2: Charles H Helsham, 3: Norman F White, 4: Harold G Bennetts, 5: Basil Sawyer, 6: Edward H Scott, 7: William A Conlon, Str: Richard W Thomas, Cox: Arthur R Weigall, Cch: Mr McDermott
3rd Adelaide University - Bow: Rupert Walter Hornabrook, 2: John Edward Hyde Winnall, 3: Henry Arthur Powell, 4: Dorham Longford Doolette, 5: Clifton Raymond Penny, 6: Arthur Percival Cox, 7: Horace Vernon Rounsevell, Str: William Reynolds Bayly, Cox: Egbert Percy Little, Cch: Mr Cox