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Date for 27th annual boat race announced

Updated: Mar 13, 2023

On 13 January, the University released information about the upcoming Aberdeen Boat Race between Aberdeen and RGU

By Josh Pizzuto-Pomaco

The event is to be held along the banks of the River Dee on Saturday, 2 April.

The course spans 3.5km, stretching from the Aberdeen Boat Club to the Bridge of Dee.

Supporters from both universities are encouraged to attend and wear their school’s colours, something that was unable to occur last year due to COVID restrictions. Courtesy of the University of Aberdeen

Emily Carruthers, the president of Aberdeen University Boat Club, commented on having spectators back along the racecourse.

''We’re asking supporters to come out on the day wearing the colours of their favourite team…

"Both crews train hard for months for race day," she said, "and to see the banks of the river awash with our team colours will give us a huge boost."

Sarah Cameron, an RGU Applied Social Sciences student and president of RGU Boat Club, expressed hopes that the competition would energize both universities’ student bodies. She said,

"In the run-up to the race, we’re hoping that our supporters will show their true colours and register their team allegiance through social media too."

The race, which fosters a friendly spirit of competition between the city’s two universities, has been traditionally dominated by Aberdeen University.

Since the race’s inception in 1996, Aberdeen leads the series with 18 wins, to RGU’s 8, however, since 2006, the two teams have drawn even, each with 8 wins.

This year, RGU will seek to get another win from last year’s victorious Aberdeen University squad.


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