My dad was always a firm Oxford Fan … my dear mum always used to support Cambridge - the event was a great family time to share, cheer, commiserate but it was always a time when we were together and for some reason no other sporting event had quite the same effect. I’ve never stopped to analyse why this was. Dear Mum and Dad are no longer with us, but I just know they will be looking down on Saturday 24th March 2018 as this years boat race is due to start ... and the family will have so many fond memories of years gone by.
Will the water of the River Thames be calm or choppy? Will it be Oxford or Cambridge who takes the coveted 164th title? I hope the stretch of water between Putney and Mortlake will see a great race. The first race took place on 10th June 1829 in Henley on Thames, following a challenge between old school friends, since the second race in 1836 the contest has always taken place in London. So many followers do flock to the River Thames with their families to be part of the event and to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.
As well as all eyes on the boats, I think some people may have eyes on the weather! Inclement weather has caused havoc at the Boat Race over the decades, with boats sinking in 1951, 1978 and 1981. Last year, the race threatened to be postponed when an un-exploded World War II bomb was discovered near the start-line. There are no such concerns for this Saturday's event despite the recent 'Beast from the East', with a high temperature of a mild 9°C, light winds and about a 10% chance of light rain.
The race is due to start at 5.31pm Saturday 24th March 2018, and I will edit the post later with the winners!
Enjoy your weekend
All the best Jan