The Boat Race Crew Announcements 2019

We were delighted to be at the announcements of the Oxford and Cambridge crews this morning at City Hall. This year marks the 74th women’s race and the 90th men’s race. We heard from BBC’s Andrew Cotter who addressed; The Boat Race Company, Fulham Reach Boat Club’s (FRBC) ‘Future Blues’, and RNLI on their collaborative work for the event, chief coaches from Oxford and Cambridge on their thoughts about team preparations and, finally, the team weigh-ins.

Location: City Hall, London

The Boat Race Company and FRBC have collaborated to introduce a community outreach partnership, supported by sponsors BNY Mellon and Newton Investment Management. ‘Future Blues‘ is a programme which aims to improve state-school access to rowing, helping to educate pupils on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Currently there are 14 state schools that are actively part of this programme, one of which was part of the audience this morning. You can find out more on Future Blues here: https://www.theboatrace.org/future-blues

RNLI volunteer, Cub Llewlyn-Davies, who is stationed at Chiswick Lifeboat Station, discussed the importance of their work on the River Thames by addressing recent instances the crew have experienced in Putney. RNLI work collaboratively with MET Police and local pubs to ensure safety on the day of The Boat Race. They have nine crews stationed throughout the race course to support safety of those on the water, as well as the public crowds watching from surrounding embankments. After, we spoke to Cub and RNLI’s National Community Safety Manager, Katie Beney, to discuss their ‘Respect The Water’ and ‘Float To Live’ campaigns, as well as their ‘Throw Line Training’ which crew members undergo as part of preparations for the event.

Above: Cub Llweyn-Lloyd, volunteer from RNLI

 

Finally both crews were also announced as follows:

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Stroke: Left, Amelia Standing (Oxford) and right, Lily Lindsay (Cambridge)

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2: Left, Ben Landis (Oxford) and right, James Cracknell (Cambridge)

Olympic champion James Cracknell from the Cambridge men’s team was announced to be the oldest competitor in The Boat Race’s history. The rower is currently undertaking a Masters in Human Evolutionary Studies at Peterhouse College.

Positively Putney are looking forward to welcoming visitors and residents to the embankments of Putney and supporting local businesses throughout this rowing focused month. Make a day out of all the current events listed on our website and grab a bite to eat before or after the races at one of our excellent eateries that always have special offers on during this busy time of the year. What are your plans for this month? Let us know and tweet us @putney_bid, we would love to hear from you.

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