Issue date: 28 April 2008
The University of the West of England (UWE) showed their determination to win back the Seniors Varsity Cup from Bristol University by winning both the women's and men's 14th annual Bristol Varsity Boat Races on Saturday 26 April played out in the city docks.
The Varsity Boat Race drew a huge crowd who lined the harbourside to see the two universities compete.
Bristol took the early races ensuring Bristol won three out of five of the day's races which meant Bristol retained the overall Varsity trophy. UWE won the two crucial Varsity Cups for the women's and men's senior races.
Both races were very close run with UWE just winning by a canvass.
Bristol's Varsity Boat Race event precedes the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) regatta and serves as a great launch pad for the Metropolitan, Marlow and Henley Royal and Women's Henley Royal Regattas.
Since its inaugural race in 1995 the event has taken on a prestige of its own. UWE and University of Bristol are now two of the biggest British Rowing Universities.
One of the most spectacular courses around, the race takes place over 1.3 kilometers passing the SS Great Britain, Maritime Heritage Museum and the amphitheatre. The course usually takes the athletes approximately five minutes
Both Universities field Alumni crews where past students come back to represent their Universities. For the past two years UWE's Alumni crew has included Peter Reed, an ex-UWE Club President, a double World Champion in the Men's Coxed 4 and integral member of Great Britain's Olympic medal hopes in Beijing this August.