UK. Two Cities Boat Race: Manchester University to defend title at Salford Quays Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 March 2006
Jon Keighren:

The 2006 Two Cities Boat Race between The University of Manchester and The University of Salford will take place on Saturday May 6th, 2006. The 35th Annual Boat Race will see crews from both institutions battle it out over seven events at Salford Quays.

The University of Manchester will be hoping to retain the title, having won the 2005 Regatta, after clawing back an early lead by The University of Salford. But Salford, with a strengthened side and home advantage, are quietly confident they can snatch the title back from their local rivals.

This year's event - sponsored once again by Henri Lloyd - promises to be even bigger and better with more music, entertainment, and food and drink.

The Two Cities Boat Race is not just about admiring the 'oarsome' display of rowing - the Dragon Boat Race also takes place on the same course, on the same day, allowing first-time rowers to try their luck on the Quays. In 2005, more than 3,000 people lined the banks of Salford Quays, despite the adverse weather, to watch the spectacles of both the rowing and the Dragon Boat Racing.

Dragon Boats are based on traditional Chinese craft propelled by a crew using paddles. The boats are 40 foot long and hold a crew of 16 plus a drummer who beats the time and a qualified helm who steers the vessel.

Taking part in a Dragon Boat Race is fantastic fun and a great team building activity. No previous experience or level of fitness is required and all age groups, including mixed gender crews can take part.

The Dragon Boat event at the Two Cities Boat Race will take place alongside the Regatta on May 6th. The event is open to everyone.

The Two Cities Boat Race is now a highlight in the sporting and social calendar of many students, as well as the people of Manchester, and the event is renowned for providing a great day out for all involved.

For more details visit the Two Cities Boat Race website at
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