The Boat Race 2020
The Boat Race 2020 was a side-by-side rowing race scheduled to take place on 29 March 2020. It would have been the 75th women’s race and the 166th men’s race. Cambridge led the longstanding rivalry 84–80 and 44–30 in the men’s and women’s races. The races were cancelled on 16 March 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in the United Kingdom.
About The Boat Race 2020 in brief
The Boat Race 2020 was a side-by-side rowing race scheduled to take place on 29 March 2020. It would have been the 75th women’s race and the 166th men’s race. Cambridge led the longstanding rivalry 84–80 and 44–30 in the men’s and women’s races, respectively. The races were cancelled on 16 March 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in the United Kingdom. It was the first time in the history of the event that both senior races had been umpired by women. The race takes place on the 4. 2-mile Championship Course, between Putney and Mortlake on the River Thames in south-west London. The rivalry is a major point of honour between the two universities; the race is followed throughout the UK and broadcast worldwide. The members of each crew were announced on the date that the race would have be conducted. Oxford women’s chief coach was Andy Nelder, who previously worked with the Oxford and Cambridge crews for eleven years. Cambridge men’s crew coaching team was led by their chief coach, Rob Baker, who had previously coached CUWBC to victories in both the 2017 and 2018 races, and CUBC to a win in 2019. The trials for the trials, where crews are able to simulate the race, took place on 5 December, with the OUWBC president seeking to make an even start. Oxford crew named Morely and Brown, who won the inaugural Women’s Boat Race who participated in the inaugural trials on 11 December, took control of the race at 11:00 m.
The trial took place in calm and cool conditions with the crews rowing at 7:00 a.m., with the number of rowingers gradually increasing to seven as the race approached. The final race took place at 11.30am on 11 March, and was won by Oxford crew, who rowinged at 8:30am. The men’s, women’s and both reserves’ races were to have been held on the Tideway on the same day. The 75th woman’s race was to be umpires by Judith Packer, while the 166 fourth men’srace would have was officiated by Sarah Winckless. Oxford’s women had won the previous year’s race by a margin of five lengths, and lead overall with 84 victories to Oxford’s 80. The autumn reception, where the previous. year’s losing team challenges the winners to a rematch, was held at the Chapel Down Gin Works in London on 20 November 2019. Cambridge’s victory in the 2018 race meant that Augustin Wambersie, President of Oxford University Boat Club, challenged Freddie Davidson, President. of Cambridge University Boat club. The race was scheduled for March 29, 2020, but was cancelled due to the pandemic. The Boat Race is held annually between the universities of Oxford and Cambridge along a 4.2-mile tidal stretch of the Thames.