Boat Race Talk

Tim sent an e-mail with a press release about an interesting talk by rowing historian Chris Dodd, who is giving a talk about The Boat Race on 17 March, at 7:30 p.m. The talk is organized by Chiswick Pier Trust. The press release reads:

Oxford have been racing Cambridge on the four-and-a-quarter-mile tidal ‘S’ bend from Putney to Mortlake since 1845. In the twenty-first century the spot where the Boat Race has been won or lost has shifted upstream from Hammersmith Bridge to Chiswick Reach, as in the 2010 race where Cambridge broke Oxford’s lead at Chiswick Steps.

Christopher Dodd, the Boat Race historian, recounts the thrills and spills of the Blues locked in perpetual conflict on the Tideway, the oarsmen who have been at the cutting edge of amateur rowing and amateur sport in Britain since the first race in 1829.

The Chiswick Pier Trust are hosting the talk, at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday March 17 at the Pier House, Corney Reach, W4. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the event will start at 7:30 p.m. Free to Chiswick Pier Trust Members, £3 to non-members. Chiswick Pier and Chiswick Pier House are at the end of Corney Road and Edensor Road, Chiswick, W4 2UG.

The talk is part of a series organised by the Chiswick Pier Trust, a charity that puts people in touch with the River Thames. For further details on events at the Pier and how to get there, contact the Chiswick Pier Trust 020 8742 2713 or log on at


  1. Dear 'racing boats' – I fully agree. I don't understand when people say, “I used to be a rower”. Many rowers, including me, honours the saying: “Once a rower, always a rower”! This is, by the way, the title of a book I published in Swedish in 2000. So, dear readers of HTBS, keep up the good work being advocates of the sport we love…

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