Everything you need to know for the 163rd Boat Race
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Reigning champions Cambridge look to hold on to their title as they prepare to face Oxford the 163rd Boat Race.
This historic event has the two teams very close in victory totals. Cambridge will be returning only two members from last year’s winning team, bow Ben Ruble and Lance Tredell. Other members for the Cambridge side are cox Hugo Ramambason, stroke Henry Meek, Patrick Eble, Aleksander Malowany, Tim Tracey, James Letten and Freddie Davidson.
Oxford boasts a strong squad too with bow William Warr, cox Sam Collier and stroke Vassilis Ragoussis, alonside James Cook, Michael Disanto, Oliver Siegelaar, Joshua Bugajski, Oliver Cook and Matthew O’Leary.
Championship Course will once again serve as the venue for the race and will begin at the Putney Bridge, go under the Hammersmith Bridge, along the Chiswick Steps, under the Barnes Bridge and end at Chiswick Bridge. Each team should be familiar with the course as it has seen the better part of all 162 races thus far.
With the race just under a week away the weather is predicted to be nice, with 17 ̊C temperatures and a low chance of precipitation. With weather like that, the crews from Cambridge and Oxford are set to have a hard fought battle.
The women’s teams will be rowing before the men on the same day, and follows suit with Cambridge leading Oxford in total victories by a count of 41 to 30. Since 2015 both the men and women have raced on the same day drawing a larger audience and an eventually rebranding of the day as “The Boat Races.”
Both races will be exciting as there are an expected 250,000 fans who will be cheering the rowers on.
Come down and join the fun on the Thames or tune in on BBC1 where the races will be shown live. The women will hit the water at 4:35pm, followed by the men at 5:35pm.