6 December 2022
By Tim Koch
Tim Koch sees aquatic indicators of spring.
Many people in Britain regard hearing a cuckoo in mid-April as the first sign of spring. However, HTBS Types associate spring more with the holding of the Boat Race than the sounds of the order Cuculiformes. The first indicators of Boat Race season are when Oxford and Cambridge crews race in the Fours Head and when the Presidents of the previous years losing clubs challenge their opponents to a rematch.This year, the former took place on 20 November, the latter on 30 November.
Fours For Eights
The results for all entrants in the Fours Head are on its website. On a fast tide, ten out of twelve course records were broken, some having previously stood for twenty-four years. The fastest men’s crew was the Open Championship 4x of Leander Club (Seb Devereux) who recorded a time of 17.28.4. The fastest women were also from Leander, the Open Championship 4x of Lola Anderson going over in 18.56.8
The Oxbridge crews’ Fours Head results are summarised below. As a predictor of possible Boat Race performance, the championship coxed fours are usually of the most interest.
The 2023 Boat Race Launch Event incorporating The Presidents’ Challenge
With the support of Gemini founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, in 2021 the Boat Race Company created the Gemini Boat Race Bursary to support organisations that enable young people to translate the skills and lessons learned together in the boat or on the rowing machine into their daily lives, their studies and in their communities. In 2022, the Bursary supported Fulham Reach Boat Club, London Youth Rowing (Leeds), Behind Every Kick, Brixton Wings, Firhill Youth Community Hub, Warrington Youth Rowing and Ely College. The 2023 Beneficiaries will be announced early next year.
Upcoming: Trial by Eights
The Trial Eights are not contests of Light Blue v Dark Blue, they are men’s and women’s intra-university races with the probable last eighteen for each Blue Boat all hoping to impress the coaches with their performances competing over the Putney to Mortlake course.