The Boat Race Events 2017-18

  • Thursday 9th November 2017Presidents' Challenge

    The annual event which signifies the official start of The Boat Race season. The President of the Boat Club which lost the previous year will issue the traditional challenge to their opposing President.
  • Tuesday 5th - Wednesday 6th December 2017Trial Eights

    Two eights from each Club take to the water for their only full attempt at The Boat Race Championships Course before Race day. This is a key event that helps the coaches select the final Blue Boats.
  • February - March 2018Club Fixtures

    Each Club will take part in a series of races against domestic and international opposition on sections of The Boat Race course.
  • Monday 26th February 2018Crew Announcement

    The day the Blue Boats are officially announced and weighed. In front of the media and guests each rower steps on the scales with their opposite number to determine crew averages and who will have the heavier boat.
  • Monday 19th - Friday 23rd March 2018Tideway Week

    The last week before the Race, when the squads will have moved to London to begin final preparations. Schedules typically include media outings, press commitments, fine-tuning the crew through short training sessions and relaxing ahead of Race day.
  • Saturday 24th March 2018The Boat Race 2018

    Watched by thousands along the banks of the Thames, between Putney and Mortlake in south west London, and by millions more on TV around the world, The Cancer Research UK Boat Race is a unique sporting event.