The Oxford and Cambridge Boat race is set to take place in just under a month and has been described by some as the world's longest surviving sporting challenge.
One of the great annual events in London, the contest creates a festival atmosphere on the River Thames' banks and is totally free for people to enjoy.
The London boat race has a history dating back to 1829 and was the brainchild of friends Charles Wordsworth - nephew of poet William and a student at Oxford - and Charles Merivale - who attended Cambridge.
The latter issued a boating challenge to the former, which resulted in the birth of a tradition which continues today, where the loser of the previous year's contest issues a rematch challenge to the victor.
At present, Cambridge current leads the series with 79 victories to Oxford's 74. Oxford won the 2008 edition of the race.
"The modern Boat Race still runs along the same lines but has now become a major international sporting occasion drawing millions of viewers from around the world," the organisers explain.
Set to begin at 15:40 on the 29th March 2009 BST, the 155th edition of the competition will run from near Putney Road Bridge and conclude a few yards downstream from Chiswick road bridge, offering those staying in London Hotels plenty of chances to catch the Oxford and Cambridge boat race of 2009.
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