Issue date: 30 April 2010
Boat Club Varsity
UWE vs University of Bristol
Saturday 8 May 2010
The University of the West of England and the University of Bristol rowing squads go head to head on Saturday 8 May 2010 in the sixteenth annual Boat Club Varsity.
A highlight in the sporting calendar for both universities, the Varsity Series is an exhilarating mix of fun and rivalry for both competitors and spectators and large crowds are expected at the Bristol Harbourside to cheer on the two teams.
In a revamped format to previous years, spectators will be able to view a live feed of all the races on a large TV screen. Race organiser, Kate Hallett explains, “This year's regatta promises to be the best yet, we have a TV screen and crew sourced from the Oxford and Cambridge boat race and will live stream all the races from the start, so those enjoying the atmosphere at the Amphitheatre, don't miss a minute of the action.
“There's also a Hog Roast and beer tent and we have Olympic Gold and Silver Medallists from Beijing attending to present awards at the end of the day. We have Mark Hunter, World Champion and Beijing Olympic Gold medallist from the lightweight double sculls, as well as Matt Langridge and Richard Edgington, who are also World Champions from the infamous Coxless Four and Beijing Olympic silver medallists from the Eights. Entrance is free – so why not come and cheer along the Universities' sporting stars – with Bristol leading 10-5 over the past 15 years, can UWE close the gap this year? Well, if Cambridge can beat Oxford in 2010, who knows what will happen.”
Since its inaugural race in 1995 the event has taken on a prestige of its own. Both the University of the West of England and the 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 kilometres starting at the Cumberland Basin on the waterfront, passing the SS Great Britain, Maritime Heritage Museum and the amphitheatre.
UWE Boat Club President, Sam Hayes, “Varsity is 1,300m long that will take on average four minutes and at a rate of 36-37 strokes per minute that's only 148 strokes. I can guarantee that every one of UWE's 148 strokes is going to be better than any of Bristol's and I look forward to being presented the Varsity Blade on the 8 May, as Varsity Winners."
University of Bristol Boat Club President, Matt Ridley, said, "Rowing is a sport in which the winner is usually the person who has trained the most. However for Varsity this is not the case; it also requires nerves of steel and a desperate desire to win as you wind your way along the tricky course. UBBC has developed both of these with gruelling winter training camps, some heavy mileage put in around the Clifton Downs and several other match races. We will be relentless in our attack and I look forward to raising the Varsity blade above my head."
For the Race Schedule and Start times visit www.thevarsity.co.uk
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