Cambridge shaping up well for Cancer Research UK Boat Races
Light Blues have the weight advantage
Cambridge will have the two heaviest crews for the 2017 Cancer Research UK Boat Races after the official announcements of the line-ups in London.
The battle of the Blues will take place on Sunday, April 2 this year, with the Light Blues out to build on their win in the men’s race in 2016 and the women eager to arrest a run of four defeats.
And if it is true that the heavier crew has an advantage on the Tideway course, then it is Cambridge that hold the upper hand.
The men weighed in at a total of 747.6kg, compared to Oxford’s 721.7kg, while the Light Blue women were 591.6kg to the Dark Blues’ 560.4kg.
The coaching staff do not get drawn into those statistics though, and are just concentrating on getting their crews in peak condition for the big day.
Cambridge University Boat Club head coach Steve Trapmore said: “Overall, we’ve done pretty well. Any given programme has ups and downs but we’re pretty pleased with boats and making progress.
“I think every day is learning, that’s certainly the mindset I had as an athlete and it’s the same mindset I’ve brought into coaching as well.
“Just being in this environment with these kind of guys is just inspiring itself. Just to turn up to do the best I can and get the best out of them, that’s the kind of way we operate.”
Oxford head coach Sean Bowden said: “We’ve got a great bunch of guys, it has taken a bit of time to get the gears to mesh.
“We worked very hard up to November to make any sort of form progress but we found our feet, got a bit of traction and I think it’s moved on steadily since then.”