Ashfords LLP Varsity Boat Race

Saturday 8 June, 11:00 - 16:00


Free Event



We are very fortunate to have Ashfords LLP as this year’s event sponsor of the oldest event within the Varsity Series and this year’s series finale, held in the most iconic part of the city; with the SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Princes St swing bridge & the Harbourside industrial cranes as a picture-perfect backdrop. Traditionally it’s been a 1300m course through the floating harbour; but this year it’s a Boat Race with a difference. The Varsity Boat Race Sprint Series, this year will see just that, a series of scintillating edge of your seat racing that is nail bitingly close; from the start at Brunel’s Lock to the finish near the SS Great Britain, so be prepared for the finest of margins on the finish line. A series of sprint races between UWEBC and UBBC, including Men’s and Women’s Alumni races and this year re-introducing the Best of West where local clubs and regional universities compete for the right to name themselves as the Best of the West.


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The event is 6 months in the planning with both clubs and coaches, the council, harbour office and All Aboard Watersports who provide our event safety. The event is very much student led from both clubs, with staff offering support and continuity where needed.

Classic Bristol Harbourside with a slight festival feel, think long linear marquees along the water’s edge, Pimms, live acoustic music, good local food, great rowing, commentary throughout the event and throw in a dragon boat race for good measure. It’s an event that celebrates the best that University sport has to offer in a city that loves to celebrate, two universities, one city.

“Ashfords LLP is a leading national provider of legal and professional services. We are committed to the communities in which we operate and our corporate social responsibility programme sponsors a wide range of local events and initiatives each year. The Bristol Varsity Series provides sporting activity for students, staff and Bristol’s community in the name of fun, rivalry and friendship. We are proud to be sponsoring the series most prestigious event, the historic Boat Race held at Bristol’s Harbourside. As well as supporting both University’s UK top 10 Boat Clubs to showcase their talents on the water, we are delighted to advocate the re-introduction of ‘Best of West’ where local clubs and regional universities compete for the title”.

Food & refreshments available.

Two Universities, One City