Alternative Boat Race Glory for Your Club?

On April 6th, just before Oxford and Cambridge do battle for the 160th time at the University Boat Race, a 250-strong flotilla of boats will be taking part in a unique event on the Tideway – the RNLI Alternative Boat Race.

Taking place at 3pm and upriver from the main event, the Alternative Boat Race will see 250 model lifeboats racing along the Tideway – painted in the colours of rowing clubs from across the country.

There is no entry fee, with all money raised by each club to be split 50/50 between the RNLI and that club. The RNLI will also provide a fundraising pack to help each club raise as much money as possible.

The rowing club which raises the most will win a rowing masterclass with GB Rowing Team World Championship medallist Adam Freeman Pask, and every club will be able to keep their model boat after the race.

As well as providing an opportunity for rowing clubs to raise valuable funds, the RNLI hopes to raise £125,000 – enough money to keep a Thames lifeboat station operational 24/7 for three months.

Registrations for the event will close on Friday 28th March 2014. For more information, or to register your club’s entry into the one-off event, visit