Mon, 10 Sep, 2012
With Intervarsity done and dusted, the annual Mutual Federal University Boat Race, which takes place in Port Alfred this week, will see the town fill up with university students from across the country.
Preparations are well under way for the event which opens on Thursday and culminates in an exciting final on Saturday, with rowers from nine South African universities taking on the Kowie River in a series of races.
The event is hosted and organised by Rhodes University and the two Rhodes crews will be searching for the victory which has eluded them for many years. The Rhodes men's and women's crews both last won in 2007. The heads races on Thursday will determine who meets whom in the finals.
Participating Universities are Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Johannesburg, University of Witwatersrand and the University of Pretoria.
“This will be the11th year that Mutual Federal, a member of the Old Mutual Group, has sponsored this prestigious race, which has proved to be a highlight on the universities’ sporting calendar,” said Caroline Da Silva, Executive: Sales of Mutual Federal.
“It is a very spirited event, with students from around the country coming to support their teams. Even our brokers from the Eastern Cape come to watch the races, as the small town of Port Alfred buzzes with excitement for these three days.”
“The Mutual Federal Universities Boat Race is the biggest regatta in the country, so training for the race begins well before September,” explained Sean Kerr, a Trustee of University Rowing. “The Kowie River itself, with its tides and sharp bends, is also renowned for being tricky and unpredictable, so the rowers spend a lot of time in Port Alfred during university holidays learning to navigate the course.”
“This year’s favourites for both the men’s and women’s races are Rhodes and the Universities of Johannesburg and Cape Town while the University of Pretoria is also a strong contender in the men’s event.
The Saturday finals are always eagerly anticipated and strongly supported,” Kerr said. The annual boat race has been hosted by the town of Port Alfred since its inception and Da Silva believes that the hospitality of this Eastern Cape community is part of what makes this event such a success.
“We at Mutual Federal would like to extend our gratitude to the people of Port Alfred who prove every year to be the perfect hosts. We would also like to thank the organisers, administrators and safety overseers who give their time and energy in making this a memorable and esteemed event year after year. We wish all the students well.”
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
MUTUAL & FEDERAL BOAT RACE 2012
Friday 14 September 2012
10h00 Church service - all welcome: Anglican church
11h00 Coaches meeting
11h00 Trustees Meeting
12h30 – 16h30 B Finals include:
Men's B Final 3+4 – Rhodes University vs University of Pretoria
18h00 – 20h00 Mutual&Federal Cocktail Party- Port Alfred Ski-Boat Club
Saturday 15 September 2012
08h00 Veterans 25th Anniversary Race
09h10 Men’s A Final 7+8 – Stellenbosch University vs University of KwaZulu-
10h10 Men’s A Final 5+6 Rhodes University vs University of Witwatersrand
10h40 Women’s A Final 5+6+7 – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University vs
Stellenbosch University vs University of KwaZulu-Natal
11h10 Novices Final 1+2
11h40 Women’s B Final 1+2 - Rhodes University vs University of Pretoria
12h10 Men’s B Final 1+2 - University of Cape Town vs Stellenbosch
13h50 Women’s A Final 3+4 – University of Johannesburg vs University of
14h10 Men’s A Final 3+4 - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University vs
University of Johannesburg
14h40 Women’s A Final 1+2 – Rhodes University vs University of Pretoria
15h20 Men’s A Final 1+2 - University of Pretoria (Tuks) vs University of
16h20 Ian Maxwell memorial
16h30 Prize Giving
Sunday 16 September 2012