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Quirky Rowing Websites: the Boat Race

Once a year the world becomes very keen on rowing when the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race dawns. … read more

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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.

Read about the Oxford Mutiny in two books; The Yanks at Oxford and True Blue.

And the news that the Womens Boat Race will move to London from 2015 with new sponsor, BNY Mellon.

Follow the event on Twitter

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.

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Rebecca is the host of RowingChat podcast and is a masters athlete and coach. Passionate about helping others enjoy the sport as much as she does. View all posts from Rebecca Caroe

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