The Australian Boat Race
The Boat Race is a stand-alone showcase event. It is a one-on-one match race between the best women’s and men’s rowing eights from Sydney and Melbourne University. Held annually, the venue alternates between the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne and on the Sydney Harbour. It encapsulates the long-standing rivalry between two great cities and two great universities.
The Australian Boat Race is a unique event in rowing and in sport. Long distance match racing has been absent from competitive rowing in Australia for many years. The popularity of Henley Royal Regatta and the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race highlight the untapped opportunity in Australia in the sport of rowing. The race also capitalizes on a natural audience. Firstly there are the living alumni, students and staff of the two universities— around 600,000 people. Secondly there is the natural interest of a head to head contest in sport between two universities, two cities and two states that have enjoyed a long and natural rivalry.
It is set to become a showcase event on each of the cities’ iconic watercourses and is the new chapter of a long tradition. In 2016 the race returns to Sydney Harbour, racing from Woolich to Darling Harbour.