Bristol's rowers go head to head in boat race battle

Issue date: 03 May 2006

UWE Rowers Two of the country's top University rowing clubs will take the water in Bristol on Saturday 6 May 2006 when the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE) battle it out in the 12th Annual Lloyd's TSB Varsity Boat Race.

This year UWE will be defending the Varsity title for the third year in succession. Since the event began in 1995 the University of Bristol Boat Club (UBBC) has won 8 of the 11 races, UWE winning for the first time in 2003.

In what is predicted to be another closely fought contest the boats will race over a 1300m course, through Bristol's Floating Docks, passing the SS Great Britain and Ampitheatre to finish at the Lloyd's TSB Building.

This year there will be a Best of the West challenge from 11am to 12.30pm with Universities such as Bath and Cardiff competing for the Best of the West trophy.

From 12.30pm exhibition races will take place which will include a men's second eight, a women's quad and also for the first time in boat race history a women's alumni race. All boats will line up on the stake boats by the City of Bristol boat houses. A programme is available on the day which includes order of events and race times. The racing will lead up to the two blue riband events, the women's senior and men's senior races, all which are too close to predict and no doubt will be the closest races to date on the harbourside.

The traditional race challenge was issued by UWE's president, Matthew Bartholomew on the 26 March at the Picture and Piano on the Waterfront.

The race is best viewed from by the Lloyd's TSB building on the finish line. Food and drink will be available from the tent by the north bank finish line. Programmes will be available.

For information on previous results, more detailed event timings or photography please contact: Arina Salhotra, Students' Union Sports President on, 0117 328 2915 or e-mail

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