In another first for the University Boat Race The Outlet Village Banbridge is sponsoring a Best Dressed competition on the day for both men and women and encouraging race-goers to enjoy getting dressed up for a great sporting and social day out on the Bank Holiday Weekend.
In another first for Queen’s University, the University of Cambridge will be sending some of their best rowers to the Ramada Plaza Belfast University Boat Race on Saturday, 2 June 2012.
Due to its increasing popularity, the event is also moving to a new home this year, with the finish line on the river now situated opposite Queen’s PEC. Over 1,000 spectators will be accommodated in the new enclosure, with live entertainment, food and refreshments available until 10pm on the day and the event looks set to be a stunner.
Encouraging people to don their finery for the day, Siobhan McKeown, Marketing Manager of style sponsors The Outlet Village, said: “We are delighted to be involved with Queen’s University and the Boat Race. Everyone loves an opportunity to get dressed up for a great day out and this is the perfect event. The Outlet is the first stop for Boat Race-goers searching for a stylish look at great value.”
Cambridge will race against Queen’s Senior Men’s and Women’s teams who have recently achieved medal wins in Belgium, Nottingham and Portadown. At the recent British Universities and Colleges Sports Rowing Championships, Queen’s had crews in 17 ‘A’ finals and took home six medals. Queen’s Ladies’ medal at the event was their first ever, evidence of the increasing skill within the club.
The Outlet is also sponsoring the Freshers’ Races between Queen’s and Methodist College Belfast (MCB) Ladies and against Trinity College Dublin in the Mens’ Freshers’ event.
In its biggest line-up yet, the event will also feature crews from Bann RC; Blackrock College Dublin and University College Dublin. Lady Victoria Boat Club will help manage the event.
Racing starts on the day at 12.30pm with the Schools Race (Girls) between MCB and Bann RC. The Senior Women’s Race between Queen’s and Cambridge begins at 4.00pm and the Men’s Race begins at 4.30pm.
Further information on the Ramada Plaza Belfast University Boat Race, including the new course, is available online at http://www.queenssport.com/NewsandEvents/
In addition to the Ramada Plaza Belfast Hotel, and style sponsors The Outlet Village, Banbridge; the event has been supported by the Department for Social Development (DSD); Belfast City Council and Northern Ireland Tourism.