New London is a seaport city in Connecticut. The annual Harvard-Yale Regatta takes place along a four mile stretch of the Thames River (named after the English location of the Oxford-Cambridge race). The race was first contested in 1852. Harvard had thus far won 23 races to Yale’s 25. Though he would not be there to see it, Quentin’s university would triumph in the race that took place on 30th June, 1910, 28 days from the narrative present.