The first three days of Tideway Week have been delightfully warm and calm making it very pleasant for rowers and observers alike. Typically though, the forecast is that it will get increasingly warmer throughout the week – but will revert to more typical April weather by Boat Race Day on Saturday.
Tab* alert! I have again failed to take any pictures (bar one) of Oxford and, as yesterday, have spent most of my time following the Cambridge women around. This is not a deliberate or dubious policy on my part, the Light Blue Ladies and I just seem to keep the same hours. I will make greater efforts to darken my Blues tomorrow.
The Cambridge Women’s Blue Boat (CUWBC) and their Reserve Boat (Blondie) went out with coach Rob Baker and a press launch in the morning.
There is more media attention than usual on this Boat Race as it is the first to have the women’s Blue Boats racing on the Putney to Mortlake course and also doing it on the same day as the men. The women’s Reserve Boats will race the course on the day before though (strangely) their male counterparts still get to compete on the same day as the First Boats.
*Tab – a nickname for Cambridge students (a contraction of Cantabrigian) usually used as a term of derision by those from Oxford.