With the Boustead Cup being raced this Sunday, 17th February at 10:30am, we thought we’d take the opportunity to re-post a report from 2012 which contains the answer, whilst reminding us at LRC that all three of our crews won in 2012…
London scores hat-trick of victories in this year's Boustead Cup 2012
The Boustead Cup was founded in 1947 by Guy Boustead as an annual race between London and Thames Rowing Clubs. He presented the trophy in memory of his father J.M. Boustead who rowed three times for Oxford in the University Boat Race, including the year of the famous 'dead heat' (1877).
The Boustead races saw 3 victories from 3 in very fast conditions.
The 3rd VIII, with super-sub Joe Calnan on board, started well on the Surrey station and held their nerve through the first few minutes. After a tight tussle with their opposition they came past the LRC flag pole a few lengths clear. Many congratulations to them and their coach Mark Ruscoe.
The 2nd VIII experienced a very close race trading blows with the Thames crew until Hammersmith where they broke free; they represented the club proudly with a superb race.
The final race for the Boustead Trophy saw London's 1st VIII hold the pace of an explosive start from Thames who had the favourable middlesex station. The crew in blue were down half a canvas with the umpire heavily warning Thames periodically during the first bend. Coming into Barnes Bridge a clash occurred and the Thames VIII caught a crab on their clashing bowside. London capitalised with a push to gain a significant lead. After some words between the Thames cox and the race umpire Thames were disqualified, stopping the race early and making London victorious earlier than hoped.
In the LRC bar coach Phil Bourguignon spoke highly of the tenacity and hard work of the crews over the long winter and the coxes spoke briefly of their crews' performances.
At the presentation, held in the new Thames club house, the Captain thanked Thames for their hospitality and the organisation of the event. Since 1947 there have been 55 races, of which London have won 31, and Thames 24 times.
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