Perfect weather and exciting racing entertained an enthusiastic crowd of supporters at the 36th Varsity Lightweight Womens Boat Race at Henley yesterday. The contrast in atmospheric conditions with HBR 2018 could not have been stronger. Warm temperatures and a gentle breeze replaced the freezing weather and strong winds experienced last year, allowing excellent racing under fair conditions. What was the same this year was the competitiveness, technical skill and quality of racing demonstrated by the Varsity Women's Lightweights - characteristics that have become a feature of this annual fixture.
Prizes were awarded by Zoe Lee, former member of OUWBC, World Champion and stroke of the GB silver medal VIII at the Rio Olympics.
Strong winds and arctic temperatures made challenging conditions at Eton Dorney for the relocated Henley Boat Races. After some exceptionally tight racing, Cambridge University Lightweights won both Varsity races and the men's reserves race to retain the Francombe cup as the most successful university on the day for a fourth year in a row.
Adverse river conditions on the Thames at Henley have made it necessary to relocate the 2018 Oxford & Cambridge Lightweight Boat Races. The management at Eton Dorney have kindly agreed that racing may take place at Dorney Lake.
Due to another event taking place at Dorney, there will be no general parking available. Parking for HBR spectators is severely restricted and by permit only - other vehicles will not be permitted access to the site.
It is a condition of our permission to race at Eton Dorney that spectators do not park in the villages and lanes adjacent to Dorney Lake.
Unfortunately the Alumnae and Inter-Collegiate races are cancelled for 2018.
Sadly, the 2017 Lightweight Trials Races were cancelled yesterday because of heavy snow which created potentially dangerous conditions on the roads throughout Oxfordshire and much of the Midlands. In the interests of the safety of athletes, officials and spectators the decision was taken at 9:00am to cancel racing for the day.
With thanks to the CUWBC twitter account for the image of a very snowy Leander Club.
A date for your diaries - Henley Boat Races 2018 - Sunday 18th March.