The Oxford Men’s Blue Boat in the 2015 BNY Mellon Boat Races contains three Old Etonians, including President, Constantine Louloudis (KS 10). Constantine, a veteran of three Boat Races is going for his fourth win and strokes a boat that also contains Henry Goodier (RPDF 08) at three and Will Geffen (MGHM 13) at bow.
Constantine, a former Captain of the Boats, rowed in The VIII at Eton in 2009 and 2010, winning the schoolboy triple of Schools’ Head, National Schools and Henley in both those years. He is World Champion at Junior (2009), Under 23 (2011) and Senior (2014) levels and won a bronze medal as part of the GB Men’s Eight at the London 2012 Olympics.
Henry, the tallest member of the Oxford crew also twice rowed in The VIII at Eton. He was an undergraduate at Imperial College, London with whom he won Henley in 2013. He has rowed for Great Britain at U23 level (2011).
Will is the youngest member of the Oxford crew. Last year he was part of a very impressive Isis crew that easily overcame its Cambridge equivalent, Goldie in the reserve boat race. He too rowed in The VIII at Eton for two years (2012 and 2013) and was a Captain of the Lower Boats. In his final year he rowed for Great Britain at the World Rowing Junior Championships.
Another Old Etonian and last year’s Captain of the Boats, Charlie Thurston (GRP 14) will row in Isis. Charlie was part of the VIII that triumphed at Henley last summer and went on to win a silver medal for Great Britain in the coxed four at the World Junior Championships in Hamburg.
This year is the first time that the women’s race will take place on the same day and course as the men’s. The 2nd VIII, who recently performed so well at the Schools’ Head winning the 2nd VIII pennant convincingly, took part in a match race against the Oxford Women’s Blue Boat at Eton Dorney as part of its preparation for that race. The Oxford crew, stoked by two times Olympic Champion Caryn Davies, is an impressive outfit and ran our boys close.
This year’s Boat Races take place on Saturday 11 April and will be broadcast live on BBC television.