What is that?
This is the 166th annual men’s boat race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and the 75th women’s race.
The race normally takes place near Easter each year on the Thames between Putney and Mortlake. But while last year was canceled due to coronavirus (the first time this has happened outside of a world war), this year there is another twist …
The centerpiece has been moved away from London and will instead compete in a flat, breezy corner of Cambridgeshire, on an almost straight stretch of the Great Ouse. It comes after a combination of strict social distancing and repair work at Hammersmith Bridge forced event planners to look elsewhere for 2021.
The men’s race has already been contested once in Ely, in 1944, when the war made it impossible to organize in London.
When is it?
The race takes place on Sunday April 4.
What time does it start?
The women’s race starts at 3:50 p.m. and the men’s race follows an hour later at 4:50 p.m.
What TV channel is it on?
Live coverage of The Boat Race will be on BBC1, with coverage starting at 3pm.
Where does it start and where does it end?
This year’s race will start at the Queen Adelaide Bridge near Ely and end just before the Sandhill Bridge in Littleport. The route is just over 4.89 km long – shorter than the usual Thames route, which is around 6.8 km.
Where can i look?
Unlike normal years where spectators can choose from several pleasant vantage points along the river, this weekend’s race will be a ‘closed’ event due to the coronavirus, which means no spectators.
Trails, windswept shores, and departure and arrival bridges will all be closed and people are urged to “stay put and stay at home”. Instead, the best way to watch will be through TV coverage.
Who won the most races?
This year it’s the 166th men’s race – and Cambridge, who is the defending champion, currently leads 84-80. The only toss came in 1877 when there was an arrival to death.
Cambridge also won last year’s women’s race and has a solid 43-30 lead over Oxford.
Who will row?
Blue boat crews for women
- Megan Stoker, bow, (St Peter’s College)
- Anja Zehfuss, 2 (Green Templeton College)
- Martha Birtles, 3 (Mansfield College)
- Amelia Standing, 4 years old (St Anne’s College)
- Julia Lindsay, 5 (St Cross College)
- Georgina Grant, 6 (Harris Manchester College)
- Katie Anderson, 7 (Brasenose College)
- Katherine Maitland, AVC (St Hugh’s College)
- Costi Levy, cox (Exeter College)
- Adriana Perez Rotondo, bow (Newnham College)
- Sarah Portsmouth, 2 (Newnham College)
- Abba Parker, 3 years old (Emmanuel College)
- Caoimhe Dempsey, 4 (Newnham College)
- Anouschka Fenley, 5 (Lucy Cavendish College)
- Sophie Paine, 6 years old (Girton College)
- Bronya Sykes, 7 years old (Gonville and Caius College)
- Sarah Tisdall, AVC (Lucy Cavendish College)
- Dylan Whitaker, cox (King’s College)
Men’s blue boat crews
- James Forward, bow (Pembroke College)
- Alex Bebb, 2 years old (St Peter’s College)
- Martin Barakso, 3 years old (Kellogg College)
- Felix Drinkall, 4 (Lady Margaret Hall)
- Tobias Schröder, 5 years old (Magdalen College)
- Jean-Philippe Dufour, 6 years old (Lincoln College)
- Joshua Bowesman-Jones, 7 (Keble College)
- Augustin Wambersie, stroke (St Catherine’s College)
- Jesse Oberst, cox (Pembroke College)
- Theo Weinberger, arch (St John’s College)
- Ben Dyer, 2 years old (Gonville & Caius College)
- Seb Benzecry, 3 years old (Jesus College)
- Quinten Richardson, 4 (Fitzwilliam College)
- Garth Holden, 5 (St Edmund College)
- Ollie Parish, 6 (Peterhouse)
- Callum Sullivan, 7 (Peterhouse)
- Drew Taylor, AVC (Clare College)
- Charlie Marcus, cox (Trinity College)
What is the weather forecast?
The current UKTN weather forecast is for winds of 13 mph and temperatures of around 13 ° C.
What are the chances?
We will update this section when the betting markets release the 2021 Boat Race odds.
- Cambridge – to be confirmed
- Oxford – to be confirmed
- Dead heat – to be confirmed