The Gloves Are Off As The Australian Boat Race Returns To Melbourne

by Lauren O'Connor on October 24, 2015

Melbourne. Be prepared for more than just your average regatta. 776BC has partnered with The Australian Boat Race for our fourth consecutive year.

The prestigious race returns to the iconic waters of Melbourne’s Yarra River this weekend where the battle and rivalry between Australia’s top universities is set to continue: Melbourne University Boat Club and Sydney University Boat Club. The Australian Boat Race has not only a historical significance to Australia but is of personal importance to 776BC.

Co-founder Cameron McKenzie-McHarg was part of the 2012 and 2013 Melbourne University men’s crew. Boasting an impressive list of Olympic Medallists and World Champions the two universities contributed 18 athletes to the London Olympic rowing team. This race is definitely not a casual Sunday row. You can expect contests, clashes, and protests as the two universities go head to head for the coveted title. Not only are these teams carrying their teammates and fellow scholars’ expectations but also the pride of their universities are hanging in the balance. Commencing up river, the 4.2km course winds through numerous bends and under six bridges. Tight turns, bridge pylons, countless bicycle spectators and the sound of the opposition’s coxswain are just some of the distractions the athletes will need to block out.

The athletes will once again be racing in 776BC performance racing suits: the best race suits Australia has to offer. The 776BC performance rowing range has been developed and tested with some of the nation’s best rowers. The 2015 suits have the enhanced technical performance of liquid titanium fabric for superior temperature regulation and moisture management, and combine the traditional colours of Australia’s oldest universities with the contemporary 776BC design. The gloves are off and the oars are out. It’s time to race.

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