The official pre-BNY Mellon Boat Race fixtures have been announced.
Club fixtures are key dates in The BNY Mellon Boat Race season and serve a dual purpose – firstly, as a selection test for both the Blue Boat and Isis or Goldie crews, and secondly, as key racing experience for the selected crews on the Championship Course against top British club and international opposition. Not only is that experience of competing against top-class opposition vital, but the fixtures also provide opportunities for the Clubs to simulate race day as much as possible and get to know the Championship Course better: practising routines, racing the Surrey and Middlesex stations, and being officially umpired.
The CUBC have announced three official fixtures for their Blue Boat and Goldie crew. The Blue Boat will race against what are widely regarded as the two top British clubs, Leander and Molesey, with a third opponent still to be confirmed. Goldie will also race against a Molesey crew, with their other two opposition crews to be confirmed. The CUBC will host a press day on Sunday 16th March which will allow press to follow their Blue Boat fixture against Molesey, just three weeks before they line up against Oxford for The 2014 BNY Mellon Boat Race.
Oxford have announced that their Blue Boat will compete in two official fixtures, and their Isis crew in three. The Blue Boat will also race against Leander, three weeks after their Light Blue rivals have done so; and as has now become somewhat of a tradition, they will race an Under-23 German crew. Isis will be pitted against Upper Thames RC, Imperial and Thames RC in their three fixtures. The OUBC will host a press day on Saturday 8th March which will allow press to follow their Blue Boat fixture against the German crew, who are sure to provide a stern test.
Live updates from media fixtures will be tweeted from @theboatrace, and official race reports will be posted on www.theboatrace.org.
A full timetable of all of the fixtures for the Men’s and Women’s Clubs is as follows:
Sun 09.2.14 – 14:00 – CUWBC vs Thames RC – Media Fixture (NB this fixture will run from Mortlake to Putney)
Sun 23.2.14 – 16:00 – Isis vs Upper Thames RC
Sat 01.3.14 – 12:15 – Goldie vs TBC
Sat 01.3.14 – 12:45 – CUBC vs Leander
Sat 01.3.14 – 16:00 – OUWBC vs Molesey BC – Media Fixture
Sat 08.3.14 – 16:45 – OUBC vs German U23 crew – Media Fixture
Sun 09.3.14 – 16:45 – Isis vs Imperial
Sun 16.3.14 – 12:15 – Goldie vs Molesey BC
Sun 16.3.14 – 12:45 – CUBC vs Molesey BC – Media Fixture
Sat 22.3.14 – 16:10 – OUBC vs Leander
Sun 23.3.14 – Time TBC – Isis vs Thames RC
Sun 23.3.14 – 16:15 – Goldie vs TBC
Sun 23.3.14 – 16:45 – CUBC vs TBC