THE BOAT RACE is back after coronavirus caused the event to be cancelled in 2021.
But there will be a change of scenery this year as Oxford and Cambridge take to the river in a race like no other.
This year’s Boat Race will feel a world away from the traditional large crowds on the River ThamesCredit: Marc Aspland – The Times
Where is the Boat Race?
The Boat Race has been moved from its traditional home on the River Thames in order to avoid large crowds gathering.
Instead, it will take place behind closed doors on the Great Ouse in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
The course in the remote Fenlands is three miles long, making it significantly shorter than the regular course (4.2 miles).
The Cambridge crew practice on the Great OuseCredit: PA
Cambridge coach Rob Baker said: “The course is just perfectly straight, with just a very tiny kink in it.
“It is going to be just a big grind really, getting your boat speed up and running, then just seeing who can maintain it through the course of the race.
“It is going to be a fascinating race to watch, to see how the crews cope with that, without any other interference thrown in, like when you come to a bend on the tideway.
“Here, it is just going to be purely about the boat speed and what the crews can deliver, about that true test of endurance.”
Has the Boat Race been moved from London before?
Every race since 1845 has been held on The Championship Course on the River Thames.
However, a number of unofficial races were held in various locations during World War 2.
This included one race in Ely, which was won by Oxford in 1944.
Other races were held in Henley-on-Thames and Sandford-on-Thames during the war.
When are the Boat Races?
- Both races take place on Sunday, April 4.
- The Women’s Boat Race commences at 3.50pm.
- The Men’s Boat Race follows at 4.50pm.
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