Protests and Swearing: Boat Race Controversies

After being canceled in 2020 and relocated to the Great Ouse in Ely in 2021, the Boat Race finally returned to its traditional home last Sunday, John Aizlewood said in The times. And the “200,000 hardy souls” who lined the Thames saw two emphatic victories – one from each university.

Oxford was the men’s favorite: although they hadn’t won since 2017, their crew consisted of some superlative rowers – including Angus Groom, an Olympic silver medalist for Great Britain in Tokyo. And they played “just as relentlessly as perfectly”. The Cambridge crew stroked “long and sluggishly” but Oxford’s superior physicality made the difference and they won effortlessly.

In the women’s, Cambridge maintained a dominance that now “extends to five straight wins,” Luke McLaughlin said in The guard. With Grace Prendergast of New Zealand – the world’s No. 1 female rower – on board, it came as no great surprise to see Cambridge finish 18min 22sec, beating the 2017 record by 11sec.

However, the race proved controversial, Ben Rumsby said in The Daily Telegraph. Cambridge helmsman Jasper Parish was repeatedly warned not to switch to the ‘Surrey side’ – i.e. cut ahead of Oxford – and this led to the Oxford crew unsuccessfully protesting for the result to be overturned. Cameras also caught Parish using the “F-word” when prompting his team – which led to it an apology from the BBC. Protests and Swearing: Boat Race Controversies

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