The Challenge 2009

Faced by their opposing crews, Cambridge threw down the traditional Challenge to Oxford at a formal weigh-in and challenge ceremony at The River and Rowing Museum in Henley this morning (Tuesday 17th March) in front of the press and media.

With the Cambridge Blue Boat weighing in at over a stone heavier per crew member than Oxford and Blondie over 6lbs heavier and the warm spring sunshine looking to provide excellent water for racing on Sunday, the Challenges were accepted.

The Lightweight crews weigh in on Sunday 3 hours before their race with their racing rules requiring them to race below 59 kilos per crew member.

Umpire for the Boat Races will be Michael Williams, who coxed Goldie in 1972 and the Cambridge Blue Boat to a win in 1973; Trinity Hall; FISA Treasurer and Executive Committee and Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.