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Women's Boat Race 2013

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68th Women's Boat Race
Date 24 March 2013 (2013-03-24)
Winner Oxford
Margin of victory 1 and 3/4 lengths
Winning time 7 minutes 11 seconds
Overall record
(Cambridge–Oxford)
41–27

The 68th Women's Boat Race took place on 24 March 2013. The race, between crews representing Oxford University Women's Boat Club and Cambridge University Women's Boat Club, was conducted as part of the Henley Boat Races. It took place on a 2 km (1.2 mi) stretch of water on 2012 Olympic venue Dorney Lake. Cambridge were the heavier of the crews and consisted of an all-British crew, while Oxford's boat included a Hungarian rower and an American cox. Oxford won the race by one and three-quarter lengths in a time of 7 minutes 11 seconds, their first win since the 2011 race. The victory took the overall record in the event to 41–27 in Cambridge's favour.

Background

The 2013 race was held on Dorney Lake which had hosted the rowing events of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The Women's Boat Race is a side-by-side rowing competition between Oxford University Women's Boat Club (OUWBC) and the Cambridge University Women's Boat Club (CUWBC) that has taken place since 1927.[1] It was conducted as part of the Henley Boat Races, which for 2013 was hosted at the 2012 Summer Olympics venue of Dorney Lake in Buckinghamshire instead of the traditional straight course at Henley-on-Thames.[2][3] Strong winds and stream conditions on the River Thames had precipitated the move to the Olympic venue.[2] Cambridge went into the race as champions, having won the previous year's race by one quarter of a length, and led 41–26 overall.[1] The race was sponsored by Newton Investment Management, a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon, for the third successive year.[4]

Cambridge were led by Rob Baker who had previously coached Goldie to victory in 2006 and 2007.[5] Baker was assisted by British Olympic quadruple sculls silver medallist Annie Vernon.[6] Oxford's coach was Canadian former Olympic and University trainer Christine Wilson.[5] She was assisted by British Olympic rower Natasha Page who was part of the women's eights that came fifth in both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.[7]

Crews

Trials for the crews were held in December 2012. Oxford's trial boats raced at Henley and were named Quick and Easy while Cambridge's trials took place at Dorney Lake with boats named Gin and Tonic.[8]

Cambridge's bow Caroline Reid (left) and Oxford number seven Anastasia Chitty (pictured in 2015)

The weigh-in, held on 4 March 2013, took place alongside the men for the first time in the history of the event. It was also the first time the weights of the female crews were made public. The Cambridge crew weighed an average of 11 stlb 10 oz (70.0 kg), 4 lb 3 oz (1.9 kg) per rower more than their opponents. Oxford saw two rowers return to the crew in number three Mary Foord-Weston and number six Harriet Keane, both of whom had participated in the 2012 race. Oxford's boat club president Bridget Fryer was forced to withdraw from the race through injury.[9] Cambridge's crew included three rowers with Boat Race experience, in bow Caroline Reid, number two Faye Sandford (who was earning her third Blue for CUWBC[10]) and stroke Holly Game.[11] Cambridge's boat club president Helena Schofield did not participate in the event, and instead rowed for the women's reserve boat Blondie.[12][13]

CUWBC's cox Esther Momcilovic had previously steered the Cambridge reserve boat Blondie, while Oxford's crew included three former Osiris participants in Amy Varney, Keane and cox Katie Apfelbaum. Cambridge's crew was entirely British while Oxford's included Hungarian Mariann Novak at bow, British/Germans Alice Carrington-Windo at two and Maxie Scheske at stroke, and American Apfelbaum.[11]

Seat Cambridge
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Oxford
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Name College Nationality Weight Name College Nationality Weight
Bow Caroline Reid Jesus British 10 st 1 lb 15 oz Mariann Novak Keble Hungarian 9 st 5 lb 13 oz
2 Fay Sandford Gonville and Caius British 12 st 0 lb 6 oz Alice Carrington-Windo Kellogg British/German 10 st 11 lb 10 oz
3 Melissa Wilson Gonville and Caius British 12 st 1 lb 11 oz Mary Foord-Weston Merton British 10 st 11 lb 10 oz
4 Jessica Denman Clare British 11 st 2 lb 8 oz Joanna Lee Lady Margaret Hall British 11 st 2 lb 1 oz
5 Vicky Shaw Selwyn British 10 st 9 lb 14 oz Amy Varney St Edmund Hall British 11 st 10 lb 0 oz
6 Claire Watkins Clare British 10 st 13 lb 13 oz Harriet Keane St Anne's British 10 st 5 lb 7 oz
7 Emily Day Emmanuel British 10 st 0 lb 9 oz Anastasia Chitty Pembroke British 10 st 9 lb 0 oz
Stroke Holly Game Girton British 11 st 2 lb 1 oz Maxie Scheske Magdalen British/German 9 st 6 lb 4 oz
Cox Esther Momcilovic Clare British 7 st 13 lb 8 oz Katie Apfelbaum St Antony’s American 8 st 5 lb 4 oz
Source:[11]
(P) – boat club president
(Oxford's Bridget Fryer and Cambridge's Helena Schofield acted as non-rowing presidents)

Race

Cambridge won the toss and selected the more sheltered side of the course.[14] The race started at 3:00 p.m. on 24 March 2013. Cambridge made the quicker start and led by a few feet after ten strokes. They were half a length ahead after 250 metres (270 yd), out-rating Oxford by fours strokes per minute. OUWBC's longer strokes enabled them to cope with the "choppy" conditions and at the 750-metre (820 yd) mark they began to catch the Cambridge boat, getting level by the 1,250-metre (1,370 yd) mark.[15] Pushing on, Oxford pulled away to win by one and three-quarter lengths in a time of 7 minutes 11 seconds, the slowest winning time since the 2001 race. It was Oxford's first win since the 2011 race but their fifth win in the last six events. The victory took the overall record in the event to 41–27 in Cambridge's favour.[1]

Oxford's Foord-Weston said the conditions were "pretty grim" but their training at Dorney during the week running up to the race had prepared them for the "horrible winds".[15] Cambridge's number seven, Emily Day, said "it was pretty windy ... we had the race of our lives ... there's nothing we could have done that we didn't do."[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Boat Race – Results". The Boat Race Company Limited. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Henley Boat Races 2013 to be held at Dorney Lake". The Boat Race Company Limited. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "History of the course". Henley Royal Regatta. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Morrissey, Helena (4 April 2015). "Helena Morrissey: 'Tide turns in favour of boat race women'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Women's Boat Clubs appoint new chief coaches". The Boat Race Company Limited. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "New faces at CUWBC". The Boat Race Company Limited. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "New assistant coach for OUWBC". The Boat Race Company Limited. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Crews announced for the Women's Trial Eights". The Boat Race Company Limited. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Crews". Oxford University Women's Boat Club. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Experienced Sandford has new era hope for Cambridge University". Cambridge News. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c Quarrell, Rachel (4 March 2013). "University Boat Race: men and women weigh in at same event ahead of Oxford and Cambridge race". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Light Blues aiming to retain trophy". Cambridge News. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  13. ^ Rossingh, Danielle (21 March 2013). "Helena Morrissey Extends Equality Fight to Women's Rowing". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  14. ^ Quarrell, Rachel (24 March 2013). "Clean sweep for Oxford over Cambridge at Henley Boat Races at Dorney Lake". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c "Oxford dominate Henley Boat Races 2013". The Boat Race Company Limited. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Video of the race
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