Power8 Sprints is set for an electric first round of racing, following the random draw of crews that took place on Friday, 13 July.
In the first race of the day, Oxford men will take on Manchester men, as they battle down the 350m course at 14:45. Next up, for the men’s crews will be Newcastle against Cambridge, Nottingham versus Exeter before concluding with the home team, Bristol, against London.
The men will then hand over to the women with Manchester taking on London in the first of the women’s races at 15:23. They’ll be followed by Nottingham versus Oxford, Bristol against Newcastle, before Exeter take on Cambridge in the final race of the opening round at 15:49.
Once the opening round is complete, the winning crews will stay on the water for the semi-finals and final. The men’s final will get underway at 16:39 and be followed by the women’s final at 16:47 to conclude the days racing.
Crews will race in eights – the blue riband event of the Olympic Games – over 350m, where technical skill combined with raw power will be critical to crossing the finish line first. Each race is expected to take around one minute, with high-octane rowing from start to finish.
The Bristol course takes crews from SS Great Britain to the finish line just before the M Shed, in Bristol Harbourside, and is the headline act on the water at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
Fans can tune into all the action live from Power8 Sprints via BT Sport and the Power8 Sprints Facebook page. Final crews will be announced on Friday (20 July), ahead of the racing on Sunday.
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