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Hosts Queen's aiming to reign in the 12th Boat Race on the Lagan

Queen's will hope to be the dominant force when they host the 2016 University Boat Race on the River Lagan.

The event, in its 12th year, will see 18 crews from across Ireland battle it out on the water today.

Racing will begin at McConnell Weir, opposite Ormeau Park, at 11.30am with the last race finishing at 5pm at the Belfast university's new £1.2million state-of-the-art boathouse.

Crews from Methodist College, Portora Royal and RBAI, along with Bann Rowing Club, will take part.

The event will consist of 18 races culminating when Queen's go head-to-head with Trinity College Dublin in a repeat of the first ever Boat Race.

Spectators can watch the action from Cutters Wharf in Stranmillis, where there will be entertainment from 11am.

Head of Queen's Sport, Liz McLaughlin, said: "The Boat Race has developed into a truly spectacular event for Belfast, another example of how Queen's is at the heart of the city.

"It has set a new standard for rowing regattas."

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