Benedict Tufnell

Tideway Week, Wednesday: In the Launch with Cambridge

by Benedict Tufnell
Having followed Oxford yesterday, it was the turn of the Light Blues this morning, as we joined them during training ahead of Sunday’s Boat Races. Check out our gallery below.
Both universities have moved to secret locations in London for the final run-in, to fine-tune and acclimatise to conditions on the Tideway between Putney and Mortlake, where the race has been contested since 1839.
Much like what we saw from Oxford yesterday, Cambridge’s men and women focused on technique and sharpening drills, finishing with practice starts of up to 20 strokes. Nothing too strenuous, as expected. With the hard work behind them, powder is being kept firmly dry for Sunday. There is still little to call between the two camps on the men’s side which will make for an exciting prospect come race day. Cambridge’s men looked confident on the water, as did Oxford yesterday. It could go either way. 
For the women’s race, Cambridge have more experience on board than the Dark Blues, who have an entirely new line-up from last year. Cambridge also have more experience at the helm with coach Rob Baker who is in his fifth year; Baker’s counterpart Ali Williams stepped up to the OUWBC Head Coach position this season.
One thing is certain, Boat Race day is rarely predictable. We look forward now to Sunday. 
The 2017 Cancer Research UK Boat Races will be taking place on Sunday 2nd April at 4.35pm GMT for the women and 5.35pm for the men // Photography by Benedict Tufnell

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