The Oxford, Split and Cambridge Boat Race

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The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race may be the most famous international rowing competition in the world, but it is a measure of the repuatation and success of Split’s sporting heritage that the Dalmatian capital is the only city in the world which hosts a rematch of the famous university race.
The International Rowing Regatta Sv. Duje 2014 will take place in Split on May 4, and it will be quite a show of sporting prowess. Last year there were no less than 12 Olmpic medal winners in three boats. In the words of event organisers:
International rowing regatta Sveti Duje is an event featuring eights from Croatian and international universities.
The competition consists of two parts:
1. Race of the university eights from Croatia and abroad
2. Legends’ Race between the legends of Oxford, Cambridge and Split
The regatta has traditionally been taking place on St Domnius Day.
University Eights Races take place at the 1000m long racing course in Spinut, with an increasing number of participating teams every year. The increase culminated in the past four years due to the participation of the best known names in university rowing, the Oxford and Cambridge Blue Boats.
Legends Race takes place in the city harbour on a 220m long course, whereby the legends of Split are competing against the legends of Oxford and Cambridge – the alumni that have rowed in the legendary Boat Race on river Thames in the past 10 years and that have won the brightest Olympic and World Championships medals.