The Isis and Goldie crews for this year’s Reserve Boat Race have been finalised and weighed in today.
As with their Blue counterparts, Goldie have weighed in heavier than Isis, with an average of 3.83kg heavier per man, but the heaviest man in the Reserve Race will be Australian Justin Webb, who will sit at 7 for Isis, who weighed in at 100.2kg. Isis are slightly older than their opponents Goldie, with an average age of 22.3, versus an average age of 21.7 in the Goldie crew. However, unlike the Blue Boats, Isis are slightly taller than their Light Blue counterparts, with an average height of 1.90m versus 1.89m for Goldie.
Isis will be stroked for the second year running by Canadian Tom Watson, who will be the lightest oarsman on Race day in any of the crews at just 69.2kg. Isis will be coxed by American Katie Apfelbaum. The last time both of Oxford’s boats were coxed by girls was in 2000 when Kajsa McLaren coxed the Blue Boat and Rebecca Pollard coxed Isis. Apart from their international stern pair and coxswain, the rest of the Isis crew are British. As well as Watson, returning from last year’s victorious Isis crew is Ben Snodin, retaining the four seat. Geordie Macleod has stepped up from last year’s spare pair to row at 6.
Goldie is another mainly British contingent, with one sole foreigner, American Hank Moore, in the five-seat. There are three returners from last year: Joel Jennings from the 2011 Blue Boat and two from the losing Goldie crew, strokeman Felix Wood and bowman Josh Pendry. Goldie will also be coxed by a female, Sarah Smart. The last time both Isis and Goldie crews were coxed by girls was in 2003 when Eleanor Griggs coxed Goldie and Megan Patrick coxed Isis. On that occasion, Goldie came out on top.
The full crew lists for Isis and Goldie are as follows:
Bow: Tom Hilton – 71.0kg
2: Chris Fairweather – 89.6kg
3: Julian Bubb-Humfryes – 87.2kg
4: Ben Snodin – 84.0kg
5: Joe Dawson – 88.2kg
6: Geordie Macleod – 85.0kg
7: Justin Webb – 100.2kg
Stroke: Tom Watson – 69.2kg
Cox: Katie Apfelbaum – 54.0kg
Crew Average Weight (ex. Cox) – 84.3kg per man
Bow: Josh Pendry – 86.0kg
2: Rowan Lawson – 82.0kg
3: Pete Dewhurst – 79.0kg
4: Tom Haworth – 92.4kg
5: Hank Moore – 97.4kg
6: Joel Jennings – 98.6kg
7: Phil Williams – 89.4kg
Stroke: Felix Wood – 80.2kg
Cox: Sarah Smart – 55.0kg
Crew Average Weight (ex. Cox) – 88.13kg per man
The 2012 Xchanging Boat Race takes place on Saturday 7 April 2012 at 2.15pm. The Isis Goldie Race will start half an hour earlier at 1.45pm.