The official pre-Newton Women’s Boat Race fixtures that will race on the Championship Course have been announced.
Club fixtures are key dates in The Newton Women’s Boat Race season and normally serve a dual purpose – firstly, as a selection test for both the Blue Boat and Osiris or Blondie crews, and secondly, as key racing experience for the selected crews against top British club opposition. This year, they will serve another important role as the Women’s Clubs will compete two of their fixtures on the Championship Course. Following on from their Tideway Trial VIIIs races in December, this is another key step for the Clubs on the journey to racing The Women’s Boat Race on the Tideway in 2015. It will allow the Clubs another opportunity to familiarise themselves with the Championship Course, as well as get some key racing experience under tough Tideway conditions ahead of their 2014 Race.
The CUWBC have announced that their Tideway fixture will be against Thames RC on Sunday 9th February. With a strong showing in the major club races so far this season, including several pennant winning crews in the Fours Head, Thames will be tough opposition for the Cambridge crew. This fixture will be open to the media, and will be raced from Mortlake to Putney because of tide times.
Oxford have announced that they will race a crew from Molesey BC for their Tideway fixture on Saturday 1st March. Molesey is widely regarded as one of the top clubs in the country, with consistently impressive performances, and their crew is sure to provide a stern test for the OUWBC. This fixture will be open to the media, but the time of the race is still to be confirmed.
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 Imperia
lSun 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