Oxford captain: The Boat Race is “more fun when you win it” (!)

Gerald Wu 31 March 2013

After a commanding performance against Cambridge, Oxford captain Alex Davidson was adamant that this year’s Boat Race was not revenge for last year’s. “It was about this year’s race. It is surprising how much more fun it is to win the Boat Race than to lose it.”

The man behind Oxford’s successful tactics, American-Colombian cox Oskar Zorrilla said that everything went according to plan. “We saw we did not have enough of a margin to nullify their bend, I had to decide whether to ask the guys to push more and to bring forward the energy they were storing for later. It could have gone either way but I decided the tactical advantage of the bend was worth pulling ahead… and I feel vindicated!”

On his immensely public spot of swearing, “I was warned by a BBC official very gently, that I would be on a live microphone. I’m not a coxswain who goes down the course swearing but I told him I’m not going to change the way I race. I’m not someone who usually swears, but I might!”

Over at the Cambridge camp, captain and Olympic bronze medalist George Nash was a devastated man. “It’s something that’s probably going to replay in my head for the rest of my life. I am pretty proud of the guys because we excelled around the Surrey bend.”

Cambridge’s double Olympian Milan Bruncvik was more philosophical about the defeat. “It was a tough race but we got a good start. Oxford was just faster today and managed to open up a margin. I don’t think we could have won today if we did anything different. We couldn’t respond to Oxford’s speed.”

In response to a query about the start of the Boat Race, umpire Sir Matthew Pinsent said: “Well actually the race never really settled down. The blades were always close. The Oxford victory was not clear until after Barnes. The crews were not over-aggressive.”

Summing up the race that he participated in three times, “It’s a classic Boat Race thing, both crews came up to the middle and were trading blows. In the final stage Oxford were steering a little strangely because their cox kept looking back to check on Cambridge, but it didn’t turn into a problem. I am glad we’re talking about the Race for rowing reasons and not others. I thought my decision making had been fair and I gave them an equal chance to win, which can be difficult in a course and a race like this.”

Britain’s London 2012 Olympic hero Katherine Granger was also in attendance and remarked: “It was an exciting race which everyone wanted. Oxford performed well but all credit to Cambridge who pushed all the way.”

TCS went further and asked when everyone can expect to see the Olympic gold medalist back in action again, to which she replied “no idea.”

Gerald Wu