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London Boat Race 2013

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The 159th annual BNY Mellon Boat Race sees Cambridge University and Oxford University face each other in a fiercely competitive tradition, stretching all the way back to 1829, starting at 4.30pm, 31st March on the River Thames in London.

Millions tune in worldwide to view the events and they are accompanied by the thousands of spectators that populate either side of the historic River Thames. The Boat Race starts at Putney Bridge and ends over 4 miles later at Chiswick Bridge in Mortlake.

In the build up to the race, the clubs' presidents flip a coin to determine which side of the river they row on, which is affected largely by the weather on the day.

The crews for both sides were named on 4th March with Oxford boasting a 20kg weight advantage over their opponents. For the first time in the competition’s history the women’s teams also weighed in together with the men.

When underway, The Boat Race sees the 2 coxes from each team competing for the deepest part of the River Thames in order to obtain the fastest current. The teams also pass by a number of London attractions and landmarks such as Craven Cottage, Hammersmith Bridge, Harrods and Fullers.

The all-time record currently stands at 76 wins for Oxford and 81 for Cambridge with the latter adding to their impressive tally with victory in this meeting last year after a dramatic restart. Tune in this year to see how this historic race pans out.
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