THE year 2004 was certainly a memorable one for Helensburgh student Andrew Shannon, who was selected to compete in the world famous Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Here's how we reported the news 15 years ago...


A HELENSBURGH student is taking part in one of the most famous nautical events in the world.

Andrew Shannon, of Suffolk Street, has been selected to compete in next months’ 150th Boat Race as a member of the Cambridge crew.

The only Scot competing in this year’s event, Andrew will don the Light Blue jersey for the televised four-mile race on March 28 at 6pm.

Twenty four year-old Andrew, who went to Lomond School until he was 12, took up rowing at Robert Gordon University where he did a business degree after leaving school.

He was named Scottish Oarsman of the Year in 2001 and was national pairs champion the same year.

He enrolled at Cambridge in 2002 and last year rowed in the reserve crew, Goldie, which defeated its Oxford equivalent. Andrew’s hoping to help Cambridge snatch the title back.