Boat Race 2011: fast time likely as calm waters predicted for race day on the River Thames

Author: Emma Walker

Created On: Wed 23 Mar 2011 @ 14:26

The event generally known as "The Boat Race" is a rowing race in England between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club each spring on the Thames in London.


An estimated quarter of a million people watch the race live from the banks of the river, around seven to nine million people on TV in the UK, and an overseas audience estimated by the Boat Race Company at around 120 million, which would make this the most viewed single day sporting event in the world


Members of both teams are traditionally known as blues and each boat as a "Blue Boat", with Cambridge in light blue and Oxford dark blue. The first race was in 1829 and it has been held annually since 1856, with the exception of the two world wars. 


The forecast for Putney to Mortlake on Saturday afternoon is currently for a slightly cooler day than recently, but very calm, with only a light north-easterly wind, which would not cause big waves. We are glad it is not going to be raining though because we are picking Mr & Mrs Olson up from the Ventura and taking them to Putney to watch the race before going back to their London hotel.