From the banks of the River Thames in London, BBC One will broadcast live coverage of the 2017 edition of one of the oldest and most iconic events in the sporting calendar – The Cancer Research UK Boat Races.
First raced in 1829 and 1927 respectively, the Boat Races are amongst the most historic and iconic events in the sporting calendar.
This year’s meeting between Oxford and Cambridge universities sees the 163rd men’s Boat Race and the 72nd women’s contest, in what will be the third successive year that both races have been held on the Championship course on the same day.
Watched by thousands along the banks of the Tideway, between Putney and Mortlake in London, plus millions more on TV around the world, the Boat Races are a unique sporting event and with four very strong squads of athletes, expect to see more thrilling contests once again this year.
Cambridge’s men were victorious last year, claiming their first victory since 2012, however Oxford’s women extended their formidable recent record, making it four wins in a row as the Cambridge boat almost sank in the closing stages.
The light blues will have the heavier crews for both the men’s and women’s races which will be broadcast live on BBC One, starting at 4.00pm on Sunday, April 2.
During the course of over 2 hours of live coverage, Clare Balding will present the build-up to the race with an array of special guests, who will provide an insightful look into the mindset and personality of the crews, and the challenges they have yet to overcome over the gruelling four-and-a-quarter mile stretch of water from Putney to Mortlake.
The BBC’s build-up will also include a special feature on the Celebrity Boat Race, in which famous faces competed in a special twist on this famous sporting event, presided over by Olympic legends Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell.
For the main event, over 20 land based cameras, coupled with a helicopter camera and jib cameras, will all combine to broadcast one of the most technically challenges that BBC Sport faces, while race commentary will be led by Andrew Cotter.
SUNDAY 2nd APRIL
The Boat Races