After 5 losses in succession, Melbourne broke the drought with a 5 length win on their home course over 3 miles. Sydney was second and Adelaide did not compete. However W H Gosse, the well regarded stroke of the Adelaide crew in 1895-97 years inclusive, stroked the Melbourne crew this year.
The race was held on 10th June 1899 into a strong head breeze over the three mile course.
Sydney led up to the open water crosiing to Sugar works when Melbourne overhauled them. It was a good race for 2 miles.
Time: 23 mins 2 1/2 secs
Margin: 5 lengths
1st Melbourne University - Bow: Hyam (Harold) G M Brasch, 2: Walter StG Sproule, 3: George Edward Broughton, 4: Percy Clarke
Hunt, 5: Richard Alfred O'Brien, 6: Hugh Edward Bullivant, 7: John Alston Wallace, Str: William Hay Gosse, Cox: Herbert V Miller, Cch: George Upward
2nd Sydney University - Bow: Cuthbert Potts, 2: John Edmund d'Apice, 3: Edward B L Fitzpatrick, 4: Thomas Heery, 5: Claude Clifford, 6: Harry M Stephen, 7: Austen G de L Arnold, Str: Hubert J Gould, Cox: Percy H Power
Back row: G E Broughton, R A O'Brien, P C Hunt, W StG Sproule
Front row: H E Bullivant, W H Gosse, Cch: George E Upward, H Miller, J A Wallace, H Brasch