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Live Broadcast of Cambridge-Oxford “Boat Race” at Chemnitz University of Technology

Fun, sport and discussion for all who follow the prestigious university rowing duel on 29 March 2020

On 29 March 2020, it is again time: The elite British universities of Cambridge and Oxford will be competing against each other in the 166th edition of the world’s most famous rowing race. The legendary “Boat Race” runs around 6.8 kilometers in London, between Putney and Mortlake. In addition to six million television viewers, around 250,000 people will be watching this event live from the banks of the Thames, making it one of the largest sporting events of the year. This rowing regatta is eagerly anticipated around the world.

On this day, all members of the university community who are interested are invited to a live broadcast starting at 14:00, at the “METEOR” project house on the Erfenschlager Campus at Erfenschlager Straße 73. “There are a relatively large number of members of the university community who have a relationship with one of the two schools, or at least with Great Britain, whether via their studies, a scientific activity or a research stay. But the event should be very attractive for all interested parties – not in the least because it serves to network and show that society, science and also sport know no boundaries – even if such unfortunate and painful developments such as the Brexit decision are sometimes drawn politically,” says Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, President of Chemnitz University of Technology, who will be rooting for the “Light Blues” from Cambridge, due to his research stays at Cambridge University.

In addition to the broadcast, typical British snacks and drinks will be served. As well, participants can show off their sporting skills that would be suitable for the event in London, via one of the rowing machines from the Center for Sport and Health Promotion at Chemnitz University of Technology. In addition to conversation about the sporting event, there will also be sufficient time for discussions and networking around the topic of international research.

If you are interested in the event at METEOR, please register in advance at the following link:

Background: The Boat Race

The Boat Race was first held on 10 June 1829 and is now one of the most famous rowing races in the world. Every year, the men’s eight at two British elite universities, Oxford and Cambridge, compete against each other. Starting in 1927, women have also been represented with their own teams as a part of the Women’s Boat Race. In addition to the two main races, reserve teams also compete against each other. The first to cross the finish line following a 6.8-kilometer race along a stretch of the Thames in London is considered the winner. Unlike Olympic rowing, there is no wind compensation, no marks, or lanes separated by buoys, and therefore it often happens that the oar blades drive very close together and can strike against each other in the pursuit of better position. After 165 races, Cambridge is currently up on its Oxford rivals 84-80. The boat race in 1877 ended in a draw.

(Article: Mario Steinebach / Translation)

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