At Hammersmith Bridge the advantage of the Surrey bend starts to come into play. Traditionally cox’s aim for the second lamp post from the left as they pass under the bridge.
80% of crews ahead at Hammersmith Bridge go on to win. It is at this point the cox on the Surrey station can steer a course to capitalise on their advantage, trying to push the Middlesex crew as wide as the Umpire will allow.
The Men’s Boat Race record to Hammersmith Bridge of 6 mins 20 secs was established by Cambridge in 1998, and The Women’s Boat Race record of 7 mins 8 secs was also established by Cambridge in 2017.