Warming up for the Welsh Boat Race on April 21
The 2018 Welsh Boat Race is scheduled to take place on the 21st of April on the river Tawe.
This annual race between Swansea and Cardiff University is heading into its 12th year, and competition between the squads has never been as hot. Last year Swansea took the overall title for the first time ever, winning 3 out of the 4 contested races, as well as securing the 4th win in a row for the Senior Men.
So far this year the competitors have only crossed paths once; at Bristol University Head race. The results of this confrontation gave Swansea University a slight edge in the Senior Men and Novice Women’s boats, falling short in the Novice Men’s race by just over a second. The Senior Women are yet to race their Cardiffian counterparts this season.
Winter training has been going well for all squads, with crews getting fitter and faster by the week. The next race for both Senior squads is the respective Head of the River Races. This will be the last opportunity to compete against Cardiff before Varsity itself. The selection process for the varsity crews is also well underway, with final boats to be decided before the easter training camp and expected to be announced the week before the race.
Dominic Bright, Swansea University Rowing Club President, said that “The Welsh Boat Race is one of the highlights of our competitive calendar, both as a start to the regatta season and for the chance to throw down with our local rivals in Cardiff. The event is only getting bigger year on year and the bragging rights more so!”