Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Image above: Finish of the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race at Chiswick Bridge; photograph Anna Kunst

Sunday 26 March

The Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race takes place this Sunday (26 March), finishing at Chiswick Bridge.

The 77th Women’s Boat Race is at 4pm, the 168th Men’s Boat Race at 5pm.

Do go and watch it. Don’t stand on the shore line and get cut off by the tide and have to be rescued by the RNLI (as people are every year). Do take your litter home with you, rather than letting it get washed into the river.

Best place to watch it? Chiswick Pier, where you can see the race live along a whole sweep of the river and then nip inside to watch the finish on a big screen, while drinking from the Fuller’s bar.

Food from Salt Beef Shack, Abdul’s Moroccan and ice creams from Super Scoop gelato. Pier House opens at 1pm, serving food and drinks all afternoon.

Image above: Ella du Breuil and Rosie Allen

Chiswick RNLI on patrol

Volunteers from the Chiswick RNLI station will be patrolling the river before the race. The Chiswick station will have 27 crew on duty to keep people safe, including Ella du Breuil and Rosie Allen.

Ellen, a qualified paramedic, has been an RNLI volunteer for 20 years; Rosie is also medically qualified, working as an emergency practitioner at East Surrey Hospital.

In past years the RNLI have had to rescue spectators who have chosen to watch the race from the shore and then found themselves cut off by the tide, so since 2016 they have taken to patrolling the shore for some hours before the race to make sure people are not putting themselves in a hazardous situation.

The RNLI is the official charity partner of The Gemini Boat Race 2023. Wayne Bellamy, Station Manager at Chiswick RNLI said:

“We’re proud to be the official charity partner of The Gemini Boat Race and to be part of the historic race between Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs

“The partnership aims to raise funds to support the Thames’ lifesaving service with all proceeds going towards the running costs of the four RNLI stations along the river.”

The RNLI is run largely by volunteers and relies on donations. You can donate to the RNLI here: Support the RNLI.

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