The annual competition between Oxford and Cambridge takes to the water this weekend, with the annual Boat Race between the University rowing teams hitting its 194th year.

It is a tradition that dates back over 180 years, with men’s crews first racing in 1829 and women gaining their own race in 1927.

It’s one of the most quintessentially British events in the sporting calendar and here’s how you can keep up with all the action…

When is The Boat Race 2023?

The Gemini Boat Race takes place on Sunday, March 26.

Each race will last around the 20-minute mark, and timings are:

  • The 77th Women’s Boat Race: 4pm
  • The 168th Men’s Boat Race: 5pm

Can you watch The Boat Race on TV?

Yes – if you prefer to watch it from a nice (dry) vantage point, BBC One will be broadcasting the event.

Coverage starts at 3:30pm and will run until 5:45pm.

You can also live stream the races via the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and the official Boat Race YouTube channel.

Road closures

There will be a few road closures across the length of the race in West London that you will want to be mindful of if travelling to the area on Sunday.

  • Putney Embankment will be closed in its entirety from 10am until 7pm
  • Thames Bank will also be closed in its entirety from 10am until 8pm
  • Hammersmith Bridge will close at 11am and reopen at 6pm
  • Barnes Bridge will close at 2:30pm and reopen at 6pm.

The Boat Race will be live on BBC One from 3:30pm on Sunday, March 26

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