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18 March 2020

Universities go head-to-head at 25th annual Boat Race

This weekend saw rowers from Aberdeen and Robert Gordon Universities battle it out along Aberdeen’s River Dee, as the Scottish equivalent of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race returned for its 25th year.

Aberdeen University boat race

From left to right: Aberdeen University rowing team, George Masson, Petrofac, Bob Newton, event organiser and RGU rowing team.

Colleagues from our Training Services business were on hand in one of our Petrofac lifeboats to provide the Umpire’s Launch and safety cover during the event, which enabled both teams to focus on completing the 3.5km distance in the fastest time.

It was ultimately Aberdeen University’s crew who clinched the title in 08:03 minutes, retaining the trophy for a second year.

George Masson, Petrofac’s Survival Marine Training Team Lead, commented: “The Umpire’s Launch is an essential safety measure put in place to ensure fair play between the two teams, which is necessary during the race. Our cover makes sure both boats stay on track and that the teams inside are always safe.”

“Petrofac’s help on the day is vital,” adds Bob Newton, who has been involved in the Aberdeen Boat Race since it first began in 1996. “The Petrofac team provide much-needed control on the water which limits the risk of accidents. They are fantastic support.

“After 20 years of organising this event, I am very grateful to have had Petrofac’s help for the last 12 and look forward to further developing our relationship for many more to come.”

Katie Sugden, the University of Aberdeen Boat Club President, said: “After months of tough training, I was very excited to reignite the competition between our universities, as we normally train alongside one another.

“The conditions we faced were undoubtably tough, but overall it was a great day of community fun.”

Well done to both teams from everyone at Petrofac.

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