The dates for Trial Eights have been confirmed, as the four Clubs look to continue their preparations for The Boat Race 2019.
Just like Boat Race day, the crews will race from Putney to Mortlake along the full 4 ¼ mile course. The squads will be split in two, with the coaches hoping to create evenly matched crews to test the individual rowers on their ability to perform under pressure
Oxford University Women’s Boat Club and Oxford University Boat Club will both have their Trial Eights taking place on Friday 7th December 2018. The OUWBC Trial will begin at 11:27 whilst the OUBC Trial will begin around an hour later at 12:42. The media centre will open at 9.00 and close at 14:30.
After the weekend, the Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club and Cambridge University Boat Club will take place on Monday 10th December. The media centre will open at 11.00 with the CUWBC Trial commencing at 13.37 and the CUBC Trial at 14.37. The media centre will close at 16.30.
The annual Trial Eights form a crucial part of The Boat Race season. It is the only official opportunity that the athletes will get to race the full length of the course, thus representing an important learning curve for new triallists. In addition, the coaches are given an indicator of how their athletes fare under the unique pressure of match racing and unpredictable Tideway conditions.
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