Cambridge’s winning vessel in the Boat Race was named in memory of Chester-born pilot Kevin Whyman.

Mr Whyman, 39, died when his plane crashed during a Gnat Display Team show at CarFest North held at Oulton Park last August.

A former pupil of The King’s School, he went on to study economics at Cambridge where he coxed the university team to victories over Oxford in 1996 and 1997.

The Light Blues ended a run of three straight defeats in the Boat Race with a victory by three lengths in the 162nd edition despite treacherous conditions on Sunday (March 27).

The Cambridge crew celebrate following their victory during The Cancer Research UK Boat Race on March 27

A statement on the Cambridge University Boating Club website said: “CUBC are honoured to name the 2016 Blue Boat in fond memory of 1996 and 1997 winning cox Kevin Whyman.

“It was a privilege to welcome Kevin’s parents back to the tideway to watch the crew outings from the Amaryllis before joining us for the official naming ceremony.”

Mr Whyman was also an active member of the rowing club during his time at The King’s School. Staff paid tribute to their former pupil at the time of his loss.

He trained as a fast jet pilot with the RAF after leaving education, but changed career to become a mortgage trader in London.

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The 39-year-old left a wife and young daughter.

An inquest into his death opened at Warrington Town Hall on August 12 and has been adjourned to a later date.