New Safety Measures For University Boat Race
Organisers get ready for Oxford versus Cambridge race on March 31


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Extra security has been laid on for this year's University Boat Race following disruption last year when Trenton Oldfield swam into the river. The race takes place on March 31st, starting at 4.30 pm at the University Stone Putney and the Race Director David Searle has said that safety has been reviewed and security increased for this year's race.

This year marks the 159th Boat Race, the course itself is four miles 374 yards (6.8Km) long and the race starts an hour before high tide so that the crews can row with the fastest current. There are two sides to the river; Fulham and Chiswick are known as the Middlesex side and Putney and Barnes are the Surrey side with each boat sticking to its own side.

How do you know who to shout for?
Oxford have won 76 of the 158 races, Cambridge have won 81 times, while the 1877 race was classed as a dead heat.

Cambridge traditionally wear light blue, with light blue blades, though in the first race in 1829 their colour was pink. Oxford wear dark blue with dark blue blades.

And last year the world’s media showed Trenton Oldfield being arrested at Chiswick Pier after recklessly swimming in front of the rowers, a crime for which he was later jailed for six months. The organisers have said there will be extra security to avoid any similar disruptions. Race Director David Search said on BBC:
"We are taking additional measures this year and we have looked at all of our actions last year. What I would say to anybody thinking of doing that, is that it's unbelievably dangerous. You risk getting killed, which would be tragic for them and for the people involved. Nobody wants that to happen. This is just a sporting event."

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March 15, 2013