The Boat Race returns to Chiswick

This Sunday sees the return of the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race to the Tidal Thames, after Covid forced it to be cancelled in 2020 and switched to Ely in Cambridgeshire last year. The Boat Race finishes at Chiswick Bridge.

The Gemini Boat Race times on Sunday 3 April are:

2.23pm: The 76th Women’s Race
3.23pm: The 167th Men’s Race

Gloriana at the boat race

The Royal Row barge Gloriana will be heading the flotilla this year. She will be moored at Chiswick Pier from Thursday. You can not go on board but you can admire her at fairly close quarters from the river bank.

‘The Festival of Rowing 2022’ will precede the Boat Race, with fix seat boats of many sizes and types and some crews in traditional dress covering the course in both directions.

Gloriana was built in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, so it is fitting she leads the 20 boat flotilla in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.

Image above: The Royal barge Gloriana 

Where to watch the boat race?

Chiswick Pier is a great place to watch the Boat Race. They will have food and drink available from Salt Beef Shack, Italian purveyors Soffrito and icecreams from Super Scoop gelato, Fuller’s bar and hot drinks available.

Live music and of course a large TV screen so you can watch the crews power upstream from Chiswick Eyot, past the Pier and through to the final bend before Barnes Railway Bridge. Then dash inside in time to catch the finish on TV.

Hammersmith Bridge closed

Hammersmith Bridge will be closed during the Boat Race due to safety concerns. Following an inspection by safety experts, Hammersmith and Fulham council have been instructed to close the bridge to pedestrians, cyclists, and e-scooters between 10.00am and 5.00pm on the day.

The Board for the Case for the Continued Safe Operation of Hammersmith Bridge has informed the council the bridge is still not safe for large crowds of onlookers. Notices confirming the closures will be put in place on both the north and south sides of the bridge and safety marshals will be on duty.

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