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Cambridge Clean Sweep at the 2019 Boat Races

All 4 Cambridge crews won at the Boat Race on the Tideway last Sunday, 7 April, for the second consecutive year. 

The winning streak was kicked off by the Women's Blue Boat who secured a five-length margin of triumph to spectacularly mark coach Rob Weber’s first edition as chief of the Light Blue program. Cambridge, pre-race favourites, were always tipped to retain a title that has almost become customary in the past few years but the manner in which they ruthlessly dispatched their opponents paid strong tribute to the strength of their program.

Shortly after, the Women's Reserve Crew, Blondie, led from the start to also win by 5 lengths, marking the 4th consecutive win for the Cambridge Reserve Women.

The Men's Reserve crew, Goldie, came next and were pushed hard every stroke by their Dark Blue opponents, but held them to the line to win by 1 length. 

In another close race, the Men's Blue Boat held on after Oxford came from several lengths down at St Paul’s Boathouse to push their Light Blue opponents to just under a length’s verdict at the finishing line. Cambridge, led by former Women’s Chief Coach Rob Baker, covered the famous Championship course in 16:57 to beat Oxford for a second year in a row, the fastest race time since 2005.

Congratulations to all 4 crews, the spares, and the Coaching & Support Teams.

Photos © Copyright Steve McArthur / Rowing Celebration