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Boat Race 2024: A guide on where to watch it, when to see it on TV and all you need to know about the famous Cambridge and Oxford rivalry





After months of hard graft out on the water and in the gym, Cambridge University Boat Club’s men’s and women’s crews will battle it out for Gemini Boat Race supremacy over their Oxford counterparts on Saturday.

The challenge is clear – can Cambridge match their heroics of 12 months ago when they recorded an historic clean sweep of victories? Oxford will certainly have something to say about that!

Indeed, as Oxford women’s president Ellie Stadler said earlier this week: “They’ll (Cambridge) be coming into the race expecting to win, but we’re here wanting a change and expecting a change.”

Cambridge University Boat Club clean swept last year’s Boat Races. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge University Boat Club clean swept last year’s Boat Races. Picture: Keith Heppell

Below is the Cambridge Independent’s guide to one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

When are the races?

• Saturday, March 30.

• The 78th Women’s Boat Race starts at 2.46pm.

• The 169th Men’s Boat Race begins at 3.46pm.

• The women’s reserve race is at 3.01pm, followed by the men’s reserves at 3.15pm.

The Boat Race Challenge at 11 Cavendish Square, London, from left CUBC Men's President Sebastian Benzecry and Louis Corrigan Oxford Men's President. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Boat Race Challenge at 11 Cavendish Square, London, from left CUBC Men's President Sebastian Benzecry and Louis Corrigan Oxford Men's President. Picture: Keith Heppell

Where can I watch the race on TV?

• Coverage of the races is on BBC One on Sunday, starting at 2pm and going off air 4.30pm.

• Coverage will be presented by Clare Balding, who read English at Newnham College in Cambridge. Commentary will be provided by Andrew Cotter.

• It can also be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.

• The two reserve races will not be part of the BBC coverage, but they can be streamed on The Boat Race’s official YouTube channel.

Former CUBC rower Imogen Grant attended Crew Announcement. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic
Former CUBC rower Imogen Grant attended Crew Announcement. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

Can I watch the Boat Race in person?

• Putney Embankment is one of the most popular places for spectators to gather to see the action, it is where the crews boat and where the coin toss takes place.

• There are official Boat Race fan parks at Bishops Park, in Fulham, and another at Furnvial Gardens in Hammersmith.

• The race finishes just below the Chiswick Bridge, which will be open for spectators.

Head-to-head record

Cambridge University Boat Club women won the 2023 Boat Race on the River Thames. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge University Boat Club women won the 2023 Boat Race on the River Thames. Picture: Keith Heppell

• Cambridge extended their winning margin to 86-81 with last year’s victory in the women’s race.

• It is an even healthier lead of 47-30 for Cambridge’s women.

Who will be in the boats?

Cambridge’s men’s crew

Cambridge’s women’s crew

Oxford Men: Jelmer Bennema (Exeter), Harry Glenister (Keble), Saxon Stacey (St John’s), James Doran (Oriel), Elias Kun (Green Templeton), Frederick Roper (Somerville), Leonard Jenkins (Mansfield), Elliott Kemp (Oriel), Cox: William Denegri (Oriel).

Oxford Women: Lucy Edmonds (Pembroke), Ella Stadler (Exeter), Tessa Haining (Balliol), Claire Aitken (Oriel), Sarah Marshall (Jesus), Annie Sharp (St Anthony’s), Julia Lindsay (St Cross), Annie Anezakis (Pembroke), Cox: Joe Gellett (St Peter’s).

What is the Championship Course?

The Championship Course
The Championship Course

• The stretch of water that the crews compete on is four miles and 374 yards from Putney to Mortlake.

• The Fulham and Chiswick north side of the course is known as the Middlesex Station and the Putney and Barnes south side of the course is known as the Surrey Station.

• The crew that wins the toss more often than not chooses the Surrey station which means they have the inside of the long bend round Hammersmith and Chiswick Reach.

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The Cambridge Independent will have live coverage on the day and reaction online.

Then look out for our special coverage in the Cambridge Independent, out from Wednesday, April 3.



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