Tideway Week: That Saturday Feeling

 Pic 1. On Friday, Oxford christened their new Empacher ‘Daniel’ after Daniel Topolski, the charismatic coach who guided Oxford to ten consecutive victories in the Boat Race and who died in February 2015.
On Friday, Oxford christened their new Empacher ‘Daniel’ after Daniel Topolski, the charismatic coach who guided Oxford to ten consecutive victories in the Boat Race and who died in February 2015.

26 March 2016

Tim Koch writes:

If you are reading this on Saturday, 26 March, there is one day until the 162nd Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race and the 71st Women’s Boat Race. This year, they both run under the banner of the 2016 Cancer Research UK Boat Races. The score in the men’s race is 81 wins to Cambridge and 79 to Oxford. For the women it is 41 to Cambridge and 29 to Oxford. The reserve crews will be also be racing, Isis and Osiris for the Oxford men and women, respectively, Goldie and Blondie their Cambridge equivalents. The press launch that I was on was primarily intended to follow the Cambridge women, the only Blue Boat that I have not photographed this Tideway Week, but I also managed to capture some of the other crews in action.

Pic 2. The Oxford Blue Boat by Fulham Football Ground.
The Oxford Blue Boat by Fulham Football Ground.
Pic 3. The Cambridge Blue Boat approaches Hammersmith Bridge.
The Cambridge Blue Boat approaches Hammersmith Bridge.
Pic 4. Cambridge coach Steve Trapmore talks to number 6, this year’s President, American Henry Hoffstot.
Cambridge coach Steve Trapmore talks to number 6, this year’s President, American Henry Hoffstot.
Pic 5. Blondie, the Cambridge Women’s Reserve Boat, on the Hammersmith bend.
Blondie, the Cambridge Women’s Reserve Boat, on the Hammersmith bend.
Pic 6. The Cambridge Men’s Blue Boat, in the foreground, and Blondie, in the background, pass under Hammersmith Bridge.
The Cambridge Men’s Blue Boat, in the foreground, and Blondie, in the background, pass under Hammersmith Bridge.
Pic 7. The Cambridge Women’s Blue Boat.
The Cambridge Women’s Blue Boat.

The press launch caught up with the Cambridge Women’s Blue Boat as they started to do a piece from Hammersmith Bridge to the Boat Race start at Putney. The wind has started to pick up and the water got very rough. It was ideal Boat Race practice and the Light Blue girls coped exceptionally well, even seeming to enjoy the experience.

Pic 8. Passing Harrods, CUWBC Coach Rob Baker follows his girls into the headwind.
Passing Harrods, CUWBC Coach Rob Baker follows his girls into the headwind.
Water boiling aft – and all other places.
Water boiling aft – and all other places.
There is a boat in there somewhere.
There is a boat in there somewhere.
In Thames Rowing Club launch number 007 – it’s Baker, Rob Baker.
In Thames Rowing Club launch number 007 – it’s Baker, Rob Baker.

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