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Last Updated:  Friday, 28 March, 2003, 13:48 GMT
Boat Race course guide
Boat Race: 6 April 1630BST, River Thames

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Start - Putney Bridge Fulham Football Ground The Mile Post Hammersmith Bridge Chiswick Eyot and Chiswick Steps Barnes Bridge Chiswick Bridge

Although the Boat Race first took place at Henley in 1829, the current course was first used in 1849.

Known simply as the Championship Course, and used for races throughout the year, the Boat Race Course is renowned throughout the rowing world.

Despite, or perhaps because of its eccentricities, the mysterious tides, uneven bends, unpredictable wind and waves, it remains as much of an outstanding challenge to contemporary rowers as it did to their 19th Century predecessors.

Chris Baillieu, the only Light Blue to win four Boat Races in the 20th Century and a former world rowing champion, gives BBC Sport a unique insider's view of the course and its history.

Links to more Boat Race 2003 stories


The course in full
Matthew Pinsent goes up close

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