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University of Aberdeen Boat Club seeks 20th victory over RGU

Annual Boat Race down the Dee to be held on 11 March


By Andrew Cardno

Photo Credit: Committee of the Dee


With the date fast approaching for University of Aberdeen rowers to once again face off against their arch nemeses – Robert Gordon University – in the annual Aberdeen Boat Race, the pressure is on for the members of the boat club.


Standing at 19 wins to 8 losses over RGU since the race’s inception, the UoA team are a force to be reckoned with. Speaking about the race, Marion Caskie, the third seat rower said: ‘I’m very excited to have been given the opportunity to row for Aberdeen University in this year’s boat race! It’s a big event in the Aberdeen rowing calendar and the atmosphere is always great. Hopefully it’s a close one to watch!’


The long-standing prestige of this race will no doubt lend to teams’ excitement and nerves– Thomas Lloyd, the sixth seat rower, stated that ‘the nervous, excited anticipation of [the] boat race, is always the best and worst part.’ And with a potential 20th win for the university within their grasp, the pressure is clearly on.


Some words of reassurance come from Jakub Zbikowski, rower turned cox for the day. ‘We have the depth and knowledge which RGU doesn't, we just need to perform on the day. Anything can happen.’


However, Robert Gordon University has an ace up their sleeve in the form of Boat Club captain Michael Troy – who has had plenty of experience behind the oars, having competed in three Scottish championships, as well as representing Scotland twice. Captain Troy is very confident in his team going into this year’s race, a definite challenge for the UoA squad. Nonetheless, the race is sure to be a nail biter for both universities.

The race will occur on Saturday the 11th of March, and the club urges all UoA students to come along for a great day of racing down the Dee. The first race, which will occur at 14:35 and begin at the Railway bridge, will show off the Universities' secondary crews. The main event, between RGU and UoA’s first teams, is scheduled for 15:45 and will begin at the Bridge of Dee.


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