Brookes come out on top in pre-Boat Race fixture against Cambridge
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Oxford Brookes University Boat Club made a convincing win over Cambridge University on Sunday 29 January in the first of the official 2017 Boat Race fixtures.
The races took place on two sections of the Boat Race’s Championship Course on the River Thames in South West London; from Putney to the Eyot, then re-starting at the Eyot and finishing at the University Finish Post by Chiswick Bridge.
In the first race, Brookes took an early lead which was checked at the end of the embankment by Cambridge. Further aggressive steering from Brookes led them to take a 3-seat lead, but Cambridge responded and aligned their bows with Brookes. Cambridge then moved away from Brookes and, passing underneath Hammersmith Bridge, took the lead by half a length. Brookes drew equal approaching the line though, and the coaches agreed that the race finished as a draw.
A very strong early season showing from both the Brookes men’s first and second eights - a hard-fought fixture as always on the championship course and I’m very encouraged for the season ahead with this performance.Director of Rowing, Richard Spratley, Oxford Brookes University
In the second race, Brookes once again had the early advantage and went to lead by two seats after 30 strokes. Passing under Barnes Bridge, Oxford Brookes had broken clear and continued to work their advantage throughout the second half of the race, finishing two lengths ahead of Cambridge.
Director of Rowing at Oxford Brookes University Richard Spratley said: “A very strong early season showing from both the Brookes men’s first and second eights - a hard-fought fixture as always, on the championship course and I’m very encouraged for the season ahead with this performance.”
In the run up to the annual Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race on 2 April, the fixtures provide vital opportunities for the Boat Race squads to practice against some of the best academic and club crews.
The first women’s crew fixture will take place on Sunday 19 February when Oxford Brookes will race the University of Oxford.