Once a year the world becomes very keen on rowing when the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race dawns. In the weeks prior the UK press has a daily frenzy of speculation and watches each crew train daily. The event website has just been relaunched, designed by two ex-Oxford oarsmen Kit Lewis and Boris Mavra.
We took a look around their new site – they seem to have captured all the important information such as the squads racing this year, the history, some of the classic races from the past such as the “dead heat” and of course the controversies. One of the main reasons the press stay so interested in this event. The most recent was a ‘stop-and-restart’ in 2001.
Boat Race Personalities from the past – we enjoyed seeing Lord Moynihan shovelling hops and of course “Dr House”, Hugh Laurie looking young and gorgeous.
Follow the event on Twitter
- The Boat Race Twitter
- Cambridge Squad – also see Steve Trapmore Head Coach, Mark Beer Assistant Coach, David Nelson, President
- Oxford Squad – see also Karl Hudspith, President
Innovations for this year
Oxford have organised helicam footage of their training outings – not sure when it’ll be released.
A new venue for the pre-race weigh in at Formans Fish Island near the Olympic Park venue.
A year in the life film promoted by Oxford University.
So, who do you support? Tell us the most unusual reason for choosing one or other crew.
- Boat Race becomes ‘the Boat Races’ as women and men’s university events are combined for 2015(telegraph.co.uk)
- A Guide to The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race (socyberty.com)
- Major changes made to Boat Race (timrwilliams.wordpress.com)
- Women to row in annual Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race starting in 2015 (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- BBC commits to broadcasting full coverage of women’s University Boat Race (telegraph.co.uk)
- Women’s Boat Race on same course and day as men’s event from 2015 (guardian.co.uk)