The dates for the Trial Eights Races for The BNY Mellon Boat Race and The Newton Women’s Boat Race 2016 seasons have been announced.
Thursday 10th December will see CUWBC and OUWBC conduct their trials at 11:05 and 12:20 respectively, whilst OUBC and CUBC will race three days later on Sunday 13th December at 12:45 and 14:00.
Trial Eights is the only opportunity for the clubs to practice a full simulation of The BNY Mellon Boat Races to take place in March. The coaches will be looking to give this experience to their athletes whilst also assessing who handles the pressure of the side-by-side duel well. Each club splits their own squad in two, creating two evenly matched crews with the ambition of creating the toughest racing conditions. The athletes will be looking to perform well and make a claim for a seat in their respective Blue Boats.
Being held in December, Trial Eights is typically held in challenging conditions as temperatures drop and winds pick up. In conjunction with the evenly matched crews, this makes for ever more challenging, competitive and enthralling racing.
The BNY Mellon Boat Races will take place on March 27th 2016. The Newton Women’s Boat Race will take place at 3:10pm with The BNY Mellon Boat Race an hour later at 4:10pm.