Friday, March 25, 2011

River Thames Webcam Live at Varsity Boat Race 2011

The University Boat Race, generally known as "The Boat Race" is a rowing race in England between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed between competing eights each spring on the Thames in London.

This live feed is on the River Thames for the 2011 Boat Race:

Boat race live webcam

Event Information:

It takes place on the last Saturday of March. The formal title of the event is the Xchanging Boat Race, and it is also known as the University Boat Race and the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

An estimated quarter of a million people watch the race live from the banks of the river, around seven to nine million people on TV in the UK, and an overseas audience estimated by the Boat Race Company at around 120 million, which would make this the most viewed single day sporting event in the world. However, other sources estimate that the international audience is below 20 million. The course is 4 miles and 374 yards (6,779 m) from Putney to Mortlake, passing Hammersmith and Barnes; it is sometimes referred to as the Championship Course, and follows an S shape, east to west. The start and finish are marked by the University Boat Race Stones on the south bank. The clubs' presidents toss a coin (the 1829 sovereign) before the race for the right to choose which side of the river (station) they will row on: their decision is based on the day's weather conditions and how the various bends in the course might favour their crew's pace. The north station ('Middlesex') has the advantage of the first and last bends, and the south ('Surrey') station the longer middle bend.

Washington DC Webcam Live at 2011 National Marathon

The SunTrust National Marathon is an annual marathon and half marathon held in Washington, D.C. It was established in 2006 as an annual event. It is organized by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.

This live feed is in Washington DC for the marathon:

National marathon live

Event Information:

The 26.2 mile (42 km) course starts and finishes at the RFK Stadium and the number of participants was limited to 8,000 in 2008. The course for the first running of the race was in Washington, D.C. and Prince George's County, Maryland, but altered in 2007 for the course to be run entirely within the District of Columbia. The 2008 race passes through 6 of the District's 8 wards.

Among the beneficiaries of the marathon are the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Special Olympics District of Columbia, United For D.C., Fort Dupont Ice Arena, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation and the Black History Invitational Swim Meet. Running Alongside the National Mall and through Washington’s historic corridors, past Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson, and along the Potomac River, make Washington, DC your marathon or half-marathon destination this spring. Whether it is for 13.1 or 26.2 miles, we invite you to celebrate the culture and history of our nation’s capital as you prepare for a monumental destination in the heart of the United States of America. With expectations as high as it has ever been, 2011 marks the 6th year of the event with an estimated 15,000 runners expected to participate. Six years after it started, the National Marathon and Half Marathon has shown significant staying power in the Washington, D.C. region and has established itself as one of the more popular races on the international road racing calendar.

Hamburg Webcam at Frühlingsdom Spring Festival 2011

The Hamburger Dom is a large funfair held in Hamburg, at Heiligengeistfeld area, in the North of Germany. With three fairs (spring, summer and winter) per year it is the biggest in Northern Germany and the longest fair throughout Germany.

For live feed, webcam, dates, festival details:

Hamburger Dom 2011 Live

It attracts approximately nine million visitors annually. Just like the Oktoberfest, this Volksfest (lit. peoples fair) is a mix of both beer festival and funfair.

A market in or in front of Hamburg's cathedral was first recorded in 1329, at the beginning only in special seasons like Christmas. With the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century the fair was also held on other times. After the demolition of the cathedral (1804–1807), the market was held on the Gänsemarkt (geese market) in 1804, but kept the name Dom. Since 1892, the funfair was held at Heiligengeistfeld (lit. field of the Holy Spirit) and the name was used for all fairs in the area.

Winterdom or Dommarkt (winter fair or cathedral market): 30 days in late autum
Sommerdom or Hummelfest (summer fair or Hummel market) since 1947: 31 days during summer
Frühlingsdom (spring fair): since 1948, 30 days in spring