After missing a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Boat Race returns today with Oxford University and Cambridge University battling once again to win one of the most famous rowing events in the world.
But while the Boat Race returns today following its two-year absence, the event is not taking place on the River Thames for the first time since the Second World War.
Instead, due to coronavirus fears and repairs to the Hammersmith Bridge on the traditional route in west London, the Boat Race will be held just outside Ely, Cambridgeshire on a stretch of the Great River Ouse.
It will therefore be an unusual setting for the 166th men’s race and 75th women’s race as the event returns following its unprecedented cancellation in 2020.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of today’s races.
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When is it?
The women’s race starts at 3:50 pm this afternoon, while the men’s race gets underway an hour later at 4:50 pm.
How can I watch it?
Both races will be available to watch live across the BBC, with coverage starting at 3 pm on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.
Are spectators allowed?
The 2021 Boat Race will be a ‘closed’ event, with no spectators allowed.
Oxford men:James Forward, Alex Bebb, Martin Barakso, Felix Drinkall, Tobias Schroder, Jean-Philippe Dufour, Joshua Bowesman-Hones, Augustin Wambersie, Jesese Oberst (cox)
Cambridge men: Theo Weinberger, Ben Dyer, Seb Benzecry, Quinten Richardson, Garth Holden, Ollie Parish, Callum Sullivan, Drew Taylor, Charlie Marcus (cox)
Oxford women: Megan Stoker, Anja Zehfuss, Martha Birtles, Amelia Standing, Julia Lindsay, Georgina Grant, Katie Anderson, Katherine Maitland, Costi Levy (cox)
Cambridge women: Adriana Perez Rotondo, Sarah Portsmouth, Abba Parker, Caoimhe Dempsey, Anouschka Fenley, Sophie Paine, Bronya Sykes, Sarah Tisdall, Dylan Whitaker (cox)
Who won last time?
In 2019, inspired by former Olympian James Cracknell, Cambridge men beat Oxford by a length to win their third race in four years. In the women’s race, Cambridge won by five lengths for their third consecutive win over Oxford.
Oxford – 9/2
Cambridge – 1/8
Oxford – 4/7
Cambridge – 5/4
What is the weather forecast?
The current Met Office forecast for Ely, Cambridgeshire is for 15 mph winds and a 13C temperature.