Edinburgh retains Scottish Boat Race title

Edinburgh retained the title of Scottish Boat Race champions with a convincing victory over the University of Glasgow on Saturday.

World Champion rowers prepare for historic encounter
Laura MacDonald, Matt Christie (University of Edinburgh) and Gerard Gallagher, Lindsey Vest (University of Glasgow)

The event, the third oldest boat race in the world, was held on the River Clyde once more over a slighly altered course that finished at the Science Museum.

The Edinburgh Boat Club came out on top in five of the the six individual races that made up the programme. 

Glasgow was victorious in the 500m sprint alumni race that opened the day's proceedings.

Emphatic win

In the student race that followed, Edinburgh's Novice women’s crew followed up their recent success at the British Universities & Colleges Sport meeting with an emphatic victory.

It was further proof of the progress being made under coaches Matt Evans and Meghan Hunter.

Success in the Novice race was followed by triumphs for both the Edinburgh men’s and women’s 2nd VIIIs.

Showpiece events

In the first showpiece event of the day, the women’s 1st VIII race, an Edinburgh crew led by GB international Maddie Artlett cruised to victory.

Finally, in one of the closer races of the day, an Edinburgh men’s 1st VIII team featuring Josh Armstrong and Matt Curtis rowed to victory. The pair were fresh from their success in the GB trials.

The win rounded off a near perfect day of racing for Edinburgh.

Full results

  • Alumni VIII - Glasgow University Boat Club
  • Women's Novice VIII - Edinburgh University Boat Club
  • Women's 2nd VIII - Edinburgh University Boat Club
  • Men's 2nd VIII - Edinburgh University Boat Club
  • Women's 1st VIII - Edinburgh University Boat Club
  • Men's 1st VIII - Edinburgh University Boat Club

The Scottish Boat Race occupies a unique place in the racing calendar. Taking on our oldest rivals, in our oldest fixture, will always be special and we defended our current winning streak with fierce pride and determination.

Colin WilliamsonHead of Performance Rowing, the University of Edinburgh

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