HTBS’s Tim Koch reports from London:
Tradition was broken at the weigh-in and crew announcement for the 2013 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race held in London on 4 March. As the Women’s Race moves to parity with the men, starting with equal funding and culminating in the move of the Heavyweight Women’s Race to Boat Race Day proper on the Tideway in 2015, the girls joined the boys for the mildly humiliating ritual of parading around in Lycra in some unlikely non-rowing context – the City offices of sponsors BNY Mellon in this case. I hesitate to speculate about how even obviously physically fit and highly toned women felt about being weighed in public but they did look a little nervous as they filed in to meet the waiting press.
* denotes an existing Blue
Bow: Caroline Reid* - British
2: Fay Sandford* - British
3: Melissa Wilson - British
4: Jessica Denman - British
5: Vicky Shaw - British
6: Claire Watkins - British
7: Emily Day - British
Stroke: Holly Game* - British
Cox: Esther Momcilovic* - British
Average Cambridge weight excluding the cox: 70.2 kg / 11 stone / 154 lbs.
Average height: 5 ft 10 ins / 178 cm.
Bow: Marianne Novak - Hungarian
2: Alice Carrington-Windo - British/German
3: Mary Foord-Weston* - British
4: Jo Lee - British
5: Amy Varney* - British
6: Harriet Keane* - British
7: Anastasia Chitty - British
Stroke: Maxie Scheske - British/German
Cox: Katie Apfelbaum* - American
Average Oxford weight excluding the cox: 66.6 kg / 10 stone 6 lbs / 146 lbs.
Average height: 5 ft 9 ins / 176 cm.
Bow: Grant Wilson - American
2: Milan Bruncvik - Czech
3: Alex Fleming - Australian
4: Ty Otto - American
5: George Nash* - British
6: Steve Dudek* - American
7: Alexander Scharp* - Australian
Stroke: Niles Garratt* - American
Cox: Henry Fieldman - British
Average Cambridge weight excluding the cox: 92.1 kg / 14 stone 7 lbs / 203 lbs.
Average height: 6 ft 5 ins / 195 cm.
Bow: Patrick Close - American
2: Geordie Macleod - British/American
3: Alex Davidson* - British
4: Sam O’Connor - New Zealander
5: Paul Bennett - British
6: Karl Hudspith* - British
7: Constantine Louloudis* - British
Stroke: Malcolm Howard - Canadian/British
Cox: Oskar Zorrilla - American/Columbian
Average Oxford weight excluding the cox: 94.7 kg / 14 stone 13 lbs / 209 lbs
Average height: 6 ft 4 ins / 194 cm.
At the weigh-in I had the pleasure of meeting Peter McConnell for the first time. He has the enviable job (for some of us) of Boat Race Archivist. He also writes the excellent race reports that appear on the Boat Race website. His involvement in rowing, however, goes much deeper that that. Peter runs a marketing and PR consultancy and is a former marketing manager for Henley’s River and Rowing Museum. Further, he is heavily involved with Regatta Radio, a ‘pop up’ radio station for Henley Royal Regatta which provides commentaries and interviews from the Friday qualifiers to the Sunday finals. Peter also promotes the spiritual home of rowing – he is Henley Town Council’s ‘Town Centre Manager’ with the task of ‘encouraging business cooperation and coordinating communications’. His blog, The Henley Traveller is subtitled ‘Despatches from the market town of Henley on Thames; Food & Travel, Sport, Arts & Culture’. He ‘Tweets’ as @oarsmanpete.
Peter’s personal rowing history is particularly interesting as he started rowing at the age of 14 at Great Marlow School. Another new boy in the tiny boat club at a school with no rowing tradition was a big lad called Steven Redgrave. Redgrave has often credited the rowing master, Francis Smith, as the person responsible for getting him into rowing. Peter is still an active rower – unlike Steve (some people have no staying power).
The 159th Boat Race is on Easter Sunday, 31 March. Cambridge lead the series with 81 victories to Oxford’s 76, with one dead heat in 1877. The Men’s Heavyweight Race (OUBC and CUBC) is at 16.30 GMT with the Men’s Heavyweight Reserves (Isis and Goldie) going off about half an hour before. The other boat races between the two universities with be at Henley on 24 March:
Women’s Boat Race: OUWBC vs CUWBC
Women’s Reserves: Osiris vs Blondie
Lightweight Women’s Boat Race: OUWLRC vs CUWBC Lightweights
Lightweight Men’s Boat Race: OULRC vs CULRC
HTBS hopes to be there!