The most highly anticipated annual boat race of the year returns to the River Thames this weekend. 

The Oxford and Cambridge universities will battle it out to be named the champions in a tradition that's now in its 168th year. 

The boat race sees thousands take to the banks of the Thames in a bid to catch the two teams go head to head.

This year will see Cambridge seek revenge in the Men's race after last year saw Oxford take the title.

Meanwhile, the Oxford women's team will be hoping to break a losing streak after not having won since 2016. 

Whether you were planning on heading down to watch the main event or staying in the comfort of your own home, we've got everything you need to know, from how to watch, the route, and what time the races will start. 

When is The Boat Race 2023?

The Boat Race 2023 will be taking place on Sunday, March 26 along the River Thames in London. 

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What time does the Boat Race start?

There are four races taking place today, with the women's race first and ending with the men's. 

The races start at: 

  • 16.00 Women's Boat Race
  • 16.15 Women's Reserve Race Osiris v Blondie Boat Race
  • 16:30 Men's Reserve Race Isis v Goldie Boat Race
  • 17:00 Men's Boat Race

The Boat Race Route

The race follows the same route every year starting at Putney near Putney Bridge and the iconic The Duke's Head pub. 

Along the way, the race goes under Hammersmith Bridge and past Chiswick Eyot as well as many pubs that will be filled with spectators. 

The last leg of the race goes through Corney Beach and under Barnes Bridge with the finish line at Chiswick Bridge. 

How to watch the Boat Race:

If you want to watch the tense scenes then you're in luck, with the BBC once again covering the sporting event. 

The Boat Race coverage will be across BBC platforms including BBC One, Player, and the BBC Sport website. 

Coverage will start on BBC One at 15.30pm and will last until 17.45 hosted on BBC One.