Countdown begins to Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

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This year’s Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race will take place on March 31st and is one of the most popular sporting events in the capital.

Since it was first held in 1829, the race has highlighted the great rivalry between the two universities and led to some fascinating events, including sinking and on-the-water crashes.

Visitors staying in central London hotels should consider heading to the banks of the River Thames from Putney Bridge to Chiswick Bridge to see the boats pass by.

There are various favourable vantage points along the route including Putney Bridge, Bishops Park and Putney Embankment, while Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge is the perfect spot to watch the race’s conclusion.

It is expected that Oxford will be keen to recover from last year’s defeat to Cambridge, which saw the later take the overall wins to 81 compared to Oxford’s 76.

The race starts from Putney Bridge at 4.30pm and it is free to watch from the side of the river. Visitors may also be tempted to enjoy a few drinks at the many pubs along the route as they watch the action.

This year’s race will be umpired by Oxford Old Blues Sir Matthew Pinsent. He has rowed for Oxford three times in the 1990, 1991 and 1993 Boat Races and will umpiring the Boat Race for the first time, although he was assistant umpire to John Garrett in last year’s challenging race.