HTBS’s Tim Koch reports from London,
After the Oxford clean sweep at the Henley Boat Races last week, Light Blue pride was salvaged a little in the 18th Oxford – Cambridge Veterans’ Boat Race held on Saturday, 30 March. Cambridge won by four lengths on the ‘short’ course, Putney to Hammersmith. A full race report is here. The crew list was published a few days earlier but I spotted at least one change with Jonny Searle replacing Ben Kent in the Oxford boat.
This event is the most informal of all the Oxford – Cambridge clashes with very little pre-race training and a lot of reliance on ‘residual fitness’. Perhaps Cambridge has taken the event a little more seriously than Oxford in recent years, something reflected in past results with the Tabs leading the series twelve wins to six.
Cambridge has a clear lead over Oxford as the 18th Veterans’ (Masters’) Race approaches Hammersmith Bridge.