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The Boat Race is one of the big sporting events of the spring. It takes place on the River Thames in London and is contested by Oxford University Boat Club and Cambridge University Boat Club. The first race took place in 1829 and it has been held annually since, except during the two World Wars. The current tally stands at 82 wins for Cambridge, 79 for Oxford, and one dead heat. Famously Cambridge sunk in 1978 and in 2016 in the women's race they again had problems but managed to complete the course. Oxford have only sunk once in 1924.
This year the event take place on Sunday 2nd April. The women's race starts at 4.35pm and the men's at 5.35pm.
By ale from Italy (Boat Race 2012 In Hammersmith 1) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Current indications suggest a good chance of reasonable weather. Temperatures probably won't be bad for the time of year, perhaps reaching 15C (59F). It also looks relatively calm, but some of the computer models suggest a chance of showers.
The chart below is from today's Global Forecast System (GFS) 06z model run and shows forecast wind gust speeds on Sunday afternoon.
The chart below is from today's Global Forecast System (GFS) 06z model run and shows forecast temperatures on Sunday afternoon.
Current indications suggest a good chance of fair weather for the Boat Races. At the moment relatively quiet and mild conditions are favoured, although some computer models suggest a risk of showers.
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