Could Cambridge Nab The Boat Race Back?
24 March 2018, 09:54 | Updated: 24 March 2018, 09:58
Cambridge president Hugo Ramambason says he's determined to break his Boat Race duck and sign off with victory today.
The 21 year-old coxed reserve crew Goldie in defeats in 2015 and 2016 before taking the seat for the main race won by Oxford last year.
Today therefore represents Ramambason's final chance to taste success on the four-and-a-quarter-mile course along the Thames between Putney and Mortlake.
"It's been a year of hard work, ups and downs, moments of doubt," he said.
"Sometimes it almost feels like race day is all people see, they forget there has been a full year, two sessions a day, a lot of stress.
And for me, personally, I haven't won a race before so it would mean everything for me to cap off my time with a win."
The 164th edition of the famous race which will also provide a swansong for Cambridge coach Steve Trapmore, who is taking role with the GB Olympic rowing programme after eight years with the university.
Trapmore, who won a gold medal in the coxed eights at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, said:
"To have the opportunity to work with a team of students who are incredibly high-achieving individuals on and off the water is a really fantastic environment to be in.
To have been part of that programme over the last eight years is something I'm very proud of, which makes it even harder for me to leave.
To win would be massive. It's why we are here, the culmination of our season, our raison d'etre. It would mean everything."
Cambridge are big favourites to win, not least after Oxford were forced into a late reshuffle with Benedict Aldous stepping up from Isis to replace the powerful Josh Bugajski following an illness.
The men's race starts at 5.30pm with the women's race taking place an hour earlier.
Cambridge lead the men's event with 82 wins against Oxford's 80, while in the women's race Cambridge are well ahead with 42 wins to Oxford's 30.