Boat Race Day From Three Perspectives. Part III: At The Finish
5 April 2023
By Tim Koch
Tim Koch witnesses emotional scenes at Mortlake and concludes his picture diary of Boat Race Day 2023. (Part I here and Part II here.)
You do not need an Oxbridge education to know that, in a two boat race, there will be one winner and one loser (apart from the 1877 Dead Heat, a result that, even now, many people are reluctant to accept). Thus, as the eight boats that made up Boat Race Day 2023 came in two-by-two onto the beach outside Mortlake, Anglian and Alpha RC and Quintin BC at Mortlake, approximately fifty percent of those present were happy and approximately fifty percent not. Both made for good pictures.
The overhang on the boats on the trailer look illegal and have no flapping ribbons to alert following traffic!
Tim, sorry to be a pendant but QBC and MAABC are not in Mortlake, they are in Chiswick.
Stephen – This trailer has an extendable rear light board. I think that this overhang is legal as long as the boats do not project seven metres over this.
Martin – On Boat Race Day, Chiswick is an honorary part of Mortlake.
For projections of over 1m beyond the extended tail bar we normally attach brightly coloured tape to the boat sterns which I think is a requirement