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Shepherd Neame

Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame is excited to partner with one of the world’s oldest and most iconic sporting events, The Boat Race.
An independent family business, Shepherd Neame is an award-winning brewer and pub operator based in Faversham, Kent. Brewing continuously for over 300 years, brands from its diverse portfolio will be served at the Boat Race: Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale, Spitfire Lager and Orchard View Cider. A speciality brewer, Shepherd Neame also brews international lagers under license, and the original Thai lager, Singha, will also be on offer.

ROW 360

As part of its brief, Row360 Editor, Ben Tufnell, is the Official Boat Race Photographer. Ben and Deputy Editor, Tom Ransley, have also produced a series of short films following the crews as they prepare for The Gemini Boat Race.
Launched in 2014, Row360 is the world’s most widely circulated rowing magazine. Ben is an ex-junior GB international rower; he has rowed on both sides of the pond, having won a rowing scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley. Tom Ransley is a British Olympic gold and bronze medallist rower from the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Olympic Games. Before joining the GB Olympic team, Tom studied at Cambridge University and competed in two Boat Races for the Light Blues, where he suffered two gruelling defeats.
Tom knows the race, and its challenges, inside out.


Of the RNLI’s 238 lifeboat stations, the busiest two are to be found not on the coast, but in London. RNLI Tower and RNLI Chiswick are two of four lifeboat stations that have been operating on the Thames since 2002, covering a 90-mile stretch, bookended by our two other Thames stations, Gravesend and Teddington. There’s a constant stream of commercial and leisure traffic, and the tide rises and falls by up to 7m. The river flows as fast as 5mph – enough to overpower even the strongest swimmer. The dynamic nature of the Thames means it needs a dynamic lifeboat service to match.
Since 2002, the RNLI’s Chiswick lifeboat station has supported The Boat Race with its E-class lifeboat. The crew are on hand to keep The Boat Race competitors safe, as well as the thousands of spectators who line the banks of the Thames on race day. In 2016, the RNLI bolstered its lifesaving service with the addition of nine Arancia-class lifeboats crewed by lifeguards. These are strategically positioned along the Championship Course to keep the public safe while the tide is incoming.
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Positively Putney

Positively Putney is a business owned and led, not for profit limited company, working to maximise Putney’s potential and making it a vibrant and attractive place for those who work, live and visit Putney.

In support of The Boat Race the businesses come together to create a vibrant and entertaining space at St Mary’s Church Square for the public to engage with and make the most of Race Day.