What time is the Boat Race 2014: Everything you need to know about the 185-year rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge
All the details ahead of this weekend's race between Oxford and Cambridge
The 160th University Boat Race takes place this weekend so here's a handy guide to all the vital information you need to tell your course from your cox.
When is it?
This weekend. It starts at 5.55pm on Sunday April 6 to be exact.
Is it on TV?
Yes, it's on BBC1, and can also be watched on the BBC Sport website.
Can I go and watch it?
Indeed you can, although you might want to get to the banks of the Thames early if you want to secure a good spot. The best places to watch it are Bishop's Park and Furnivall Gardens where events and entertainment will get underway at midday and there will be big screens with the race on. You could also try and bag a place on one of the bridges the race passes. The options are Putney Bridge, where you can see the start, Hammersmith Bridge, which is about halfway and Chiswick Bridge, which has a sight of the finish line. Here's an excellent map provided by the official website.
Oxford's Isis crew lift their boat into the water during a training outing on the River Thames ahead of the 159th University Boat Race
What's it all about?
It's a rowing race between Oxford University and Cambridge University and it's been going on since 1829. It all started following a challenge between old school friends and while it began in Henley-on-Thames, since 1836 the race has taken place in London.
Cambridge lead the series by 81 wins to Oxford's 77. There was one dead-heat way back in 1877 while last year's race was won by Oxford.
The course is four miles and 374 yard long - stretching from Putney to Mortlake. That's quite a way to row which will be evident when you see the exhausted crews at the end of the race. The fastest it's been completed is 16 minutes 19 seconds which was recorded in 1998.
The two teams are comprised of eight burly rowers and a smaller person who is the cox. They steer the boat, give the orders and traditionally get a dunking in the Thames if they're on the winning team. All crew members are current students. Both teams will be wearing blue a little confusingly. Cambridge wear the lighter shade with Oxford are in dark blue.
One more thing, a race between the reserve crews will precede the main event. Oxford's reserve boat is called Isis, Cambridge's is called Goldie.
The cox is dunked after Oxford’s 2005 win
Is there ever any controversy?
A major fear for both teams is that their oars cross with those of their rivals'. This can cause chaos and lead to a restart, however there is an umpire that follows the boat along the course doing their best to stop this from happening.
Someone jumped in the water in 2012 causing the race to be halted while boats have been known to sink. The likeliest place that will happen is the stretch after Barnes Bridge where strong winds meeting the incoming tide can cause choppy waters. In 1912, both boats sank, leading to the race being rescheduled to the following day.
Trenton Oldfield after he was pulled from the River Thames when he temporarily halted the Boat Race
Apparently Pippa Middleton roots for Cambridge.
Latest in Sport
Arturo Vidal to Manchester United: Midfielder set to force through move to Louis van Gaal's Red Devils - reports
Manchester United transfer news: Mats Hummels, Daley Blind and Thomas Vermaelen on radar as Louis van Gaal reveals he still wants to sign defender
Liverpool transfer news: Brendan Rodgers plans more Anfield signings this summer
Chelsea transfer news: Jose Mourinho confirms Fernando Torres is staying at Stamford Bridge
Sami Khedira latest: Real Madrid desperate to sell midfielder to Arsenal rather than lose him for free to Bayern Munich next summer
- 1 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: I recruit for contract mechanical design...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Working with an exciting ...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client based in the Midlands is looki...
£20000 - £24000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Ecommerce Executive Working with an...