The universities are allowed to enter a men’s and women’s crew as well as an A and B crew into the event. The women have to complete a 4.2km course while the men have to complete a slightly longer course of 6.2km in coxed eight boats. This means that there is a team of eight rowers including a cox, which is the rower who steers the boat with a rudder.
The UP men’s A crew have won the USSA boat race for five years running now and will undoubtedly be looking to make it six years in a row. The men’s A crew won the division last year by defeating the UCT men’s crew in the final.
The UP men’s B crew won their division last year, edging out UCT in the final. Both the women’s A and B crews finished second and third respectively in their divisions and will also be aiming to replicate that form and improve their performances in this year’s races.