Aberdeen gears up for Scottish University Boat Race

Students in Aberdeen are preparing for their annual grudge match this weekend – the Aberdeen Asset Management Universities’ Boat Race.

Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University will go head to head on Saturday (March 2nd) in one of the highlights of the Scottish rowing calendar.


Ingibjorg Thomsen is hoping to lead her Aberdeen crew to victory this year, after RGU triumphed by more than 14 seconds in the 2012 event.

“The crew is training at a maximum level, and we are confident that the trophy will be returned to Aberdeen University,” she said.

Last year’s race was only the fourth time in the event’s 18-year history that RGU took home the trophy, but Club President Rachel Joyce is confident that her 2013 crew is capable of making it two wins on the trot.

“The crew has been training extremely hard for weeks and I hope that this gives them the extra inch when it counts on the day,” she said. “The stakes are high for the 2013 race and we are determined to secure the title.”

The 2013 Aberdeen Boat Race will take place at 2.20pm on Saturday on the River Dee in Aberdeen, from the Bridge of Dee to Aberdeen Boat Club.

For more information, and to follow the teams in the run up to the race, visit http://www.facebook.com/AAMBoatRace or follow @2013BoatRace on Twitter.

Rowing for Robert Gordon University: Fiona O’Shea, Alasdair Crawford, Richard Hills, Scott Purdie, Christie Duff, Iona Riley, Emily Geddes, Morven Shaw and Lewis McCue all from Aberdeen.

Rowing for Aberdeen University: Ingibjørg Thomsen, Jamie Steel, Alexander Wöhling, Thomas Little, Erica House, Catriona Bain, Emily Colley, Iain Walker and Thomas Coles.