|The Women's Boat Race|
The Cancer Research UK Boat Race
|First boat race||15 March 1927|
|First side-by-side race||1936|
|Annual event since||1964|
|Course record||Cambridge, 2017 (18 min 33 sec)|
|Current course|| The Championship Course |
River Thames, London (2015 onwards)
|Course length||4.2 miles (6.8 km)|
|Sponsor||Newton Investment Management (since 2011)|
|Official charity||Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)|
|Trophy||The Women's Boat Race Trophy (since 2014)|
|Previous courses|| Henley (1977 to 2014 except 2013 on Dorney Lake); |
The Isis, Oxford and River Cam, Cambridge (1927 to 1976 with several gaps);
River Thames, London (1929, 1935)
|Number of wins|
The Women's Boat Race is an annual rowing race between Cambridge University Women's Boat Club and Oxford University Women's Boat Club. First rowed in 1927, the race has taken place annually since 1964. Since the 2015 race it has been rowed on the same day and course as the men's Boat Race on the River Thames in London, taking place around Easter, and since 2018 the name "The Boat Race" has been applied to the combined event. The race is rowed in eights and the cox can be of any gender.
Rowing, sometimes referred to as crew in the United States, is a sport whose origins reach back to Ancient Egyptian times. It involves propelling a boat on water using oars. By pushing against the water with an oar, a force is generated to move the boat. The sport can be either recreational for enjoyment or fitness, or competitive, when athletes race against each other in boats. There are a number of different boat classes in which athletes compete, ranging from an individual shell to an eight-person shell with a coxswain.
Cambridge University Women's Boat Club (CUWBC) is the rowing club for women at the University of Cambridge. CUWBC field both a lightweight eight that races against Oxford at the Henley Boat Races, and two openweight eights that race at the Women's Boat Race.
Oxford University Women's Boat Club (OUWBC) is the rowing club for female rowers who are students at the University of Oxford. The club was founded in 1926 and is now based in Wallingford at the Fleming Boat House, along with OUBC, OUWLRC and OULRC.
The course covers a 4.2 miles (6.8 km) stretch of the Thames in West London, from Putney to Mortlake. Members of both crews are traditionally known as blues and each boat as a "Blue Boat", with Cambridge in light blue and Oxford dark blue. As of 2019 Cambridge have won the race 44 times and Oxford 30 times. Cambridge has led Oxford in cumulative wins since 1966. The women's race has received television coverage and grown in popularity since 2015, attracting a television audience of 4.8 million viewers that year. The 2019 race was won by Cambridge by five lengths.
The stretch of the River Thames between Mortlake and Putney in London, England is a well-established course for rowing races, most famously the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. It is often referred to as The Championship Course. The course is on the tidal reaches of the river often referred to as the Tideway.
Putney is a district in south-west London, England in the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is centred 6.1 miles (9.8 km) south-west of Charing Cross. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.
Mortlake is a suburban district of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames on the south bank of the River Thames between Kew and Barnes. Historically it was part of Surrey and until 1965 was in the Municipal Borough of Barnes. For many centuries it had village status and extended far to the south, to include East Sheen and part of what is now Richmond Park. Its Stuart and Georgian history was economically one of malting, brewing, farming, watermen and a great tapestry works. A London landmark, the former Mortlake Brewery or Stag Brewery, is on the edge of Mortlake.
The first women's rowing event between Oxford and Cambridge was held on 15 March 1927 on The Isis in Oxford. 1⁄2 mile (0.80 km) over which the crews were judged on their style while rowing downstream and their speed while rowing back upstream. Reports differ as to the judges' opinions on style: one suggests they failed to agree on a winner, another indicates that they deemed the style of each crew to be equal. As a result, the judges based their decision on speed: the race was won by Oxford in a time of 3 minutes 36 seconds, beating Cambridge by 15 seconds.This was not solely a race in the years up to 1935, the two boats were not on the river together and were judged on both their speed and their "steadiness, finish, rhythm and other matters of style". The Times reported that "large and hostile crowds gathered on the towpath" and The New York Times stated "a crowd of fully five thousand persons was on hand as a willing cheering section". The race covered a distance of approximately
"The Isis" is an alternative name for the River Thames, used from its source in the Cotswolds until it is joined by the Thame at Dorchester in Oxfordshire. It derives from the ancient name for the Thames, Tamesis, which in the Middle Ages was falsely assumed to be a combination of "Thame" and "Isis". Notably, the Isis flows through the city of Oxford.
The next event in 1929 took place on the Tideway in London.At the 1935 race, after two intervening events, the crews took to the river together for the first time. Racing on the Thames in London Oxford's boat was sent off first with the Cambridge boat following thirty seconds later. The 1936 race, held on The Isis, was the first to take place side by side. Later, the location alternated between the River Cam in Cambridge and The Isis, over a distance of about 1,000 yards. Unlike the men's race, the women's continued in most years through the Second World War.
The 2nd Women's Boat Race took place on 16 March 1929. The contest was between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and held on the River Thames along a half-mile course.
The Tideway is the part of the River Thames in England that is subject to tides. This stretch of water is downstream from Teddington Lock and in its widest definition is just under 26 kilometres (16 mi) long. The Tideway includes the Thames Estuary, the Thames Gateway and the Pool of London.
The 5th Women's Boat Race took place on 16 March 1935. The contest was between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and held on the River Thames between Kew Railway Bridge and the Quintin Boat Club boathouse. It was won by Oxford by six seconds.
The Cambridge University Women's Boat Club was founded in 1941 when Girton College became the second women's college to cater for rowing. Until that year Cambridge was represented by Newnham College Boat Club. The first blues were awarded in 1941 when CUWBC raced against Oxford University Women's Boat Club, which had been founded in 1926.All of the Cambridge rowers in 1941 were members of Newnham College. The following year the first non-Newnham rower competed.
Newnham College Boat Club is the rowing club for members of Newnham College, Cambridge. The club has a year-round senior squad and invites all members of the college to learn to row by joining the novice squads during Michaelmas or Easter terms.
The 8th Women's Boat Race took place on 8 March 1941. The contest was between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and held on the River Thames.
In training after the 1952 race, Oxford rowed over a weir and was banned from the river. Both OUWBC and later CUWBC suffered from lack of funds and the race fell into abeyance. After a 12-year gap, the race restarted in 1964 and has been held annually since. The number of women rowers increased as more colleges started to admit women and reserve boats from each university began racing in 1966, the year after the men's reserve boats began racing. A second reserve race was run in 1968, and the reserves have raced annually since 1975.The women's reserve boats were later named Osiris (Oxford) and Blondie (Cambridge).
A weir or low head dam is a barrier across the width of a river that alters the flow characteristics of water and usually results in a change in the height of the river level. There are many designs of weir, but commonly water flows freely over the top of the weir crest before cascading down to a lower level.
In 1975 the men's lightweight race started at Henley-on-Thames and the women's Boat race was relocated there in 1977 creating the Henley Boat Races.At Henley the race took place over a distance of 2,000 metres.
The First VIII receive university blues, and is therefore more commonly known as the Blue Boat, with Cambridge in light blue and Oxford dark blue. While the crew is all female, the cox can be male or female.The Second VIII receives university colours. The 2011 race was the first to be sponsored by Newton Investment Management, a subsidiary of BNY Mellon. Previously the crews had no sponsorship and were self funded. Newton have remained the sponsor since then and increased the amount of funding significantly.
For the 2013 race the entire Henley Boat Races was moved to Dorney Lake because of flooding on the river.Oxford won the 2014 race on the Henley course having beaten Cambridge by a distance of four boat lengths over two kilometres. A newly designed trophy, to replace the existing wooden shield, was awarded to the Oxford president by Olympic gold medallist Sophie Hosking who had won the Women's lightweight double sculls at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
On 11 April 2015 the 70th women's race was held on The Championship Course on the same day as the traditional male event for the first time. 4.2 miles (6.8 km) stretch of the Thames in West London, from Putney to Mortlake. Rebranded as "The Boat Races", the combined event was broadcast on national television in UK, during which the audience for the women's race reached 4.8 million viewers. OUWBC won by six and half lengths that year. The Reserves race also moved to the Championship Course in 2015, running on the day prior to the main race. In 2016 all four men's and women's boat races took place on the same day and course for the first time. Cancer Research UK were gifted the title sponsorship rights by BNY Mellon and Newton Investment Management, an arrangement which continued for the following two years. The 2016 race, again receiving national television coverage, was won by Oxford while the Cambridge boat nearly sank in the rough conditions.The course covers a
The 2017 race took place on Sunday 2 April at 16:35 British Summer Time, an hour before the men's race.Cambridge won for the first time in five years after Oxford caught a crab at the start. They set a record on the new course, beating the time first set on this course in 2015 by over a minute. The time was faster, in different conditions, than the Cambridge men's Blue Boat in 2016 and the Oxford men's in 2014. Beginning with the 2018 race, the combined event was branded simply as "The Boat Race", consisting of "The Women's Boat Race" and "The Men's Boat Race". The 2019 race was Cambridge's third consecutive victory and the fourth consecutive victory for their reserve boat, Blondie.
The race has been won 44 times by Cambridge and 30 times by Oxford, with Cambridge leading Oxford in cumulative wins since 1966. The reserves race has been won 27 times by Cambridge and 20 times by Oxford, with Cambridge leading in cumulative wins since the inception of the race.
|No.||Date||Winner||Time||Winning margin||Oxford wins||Cambridge wins|
|18||1952||Cambridge||4:04||2 1⁄2 lengths||10||8|
|28||1973||Cambridge||4:07||2 1⁄2 lengths||10||18|
|45||1990||Cambridge||7:17||3 1⁄4 lengths||16||29|
|48||1993||Cambridge||6:10||4 1⁄2 lengths||17||31|
|50||1995||Cambridge||6:02||1 1⁄3 lengths||17||33|
|52||1997||Cambridge||6:26||1 1⁄4 lengths||17||35|
|53||1998||Cambridge||6:25||1 1⁄4 lengths||17||36|
|55||2000||Oxford||6:18||2 1⁄4 lengths||18||37|
|56||2001||Cambridge||7:27||3 feet (0.9 m)||18||38|
|57||2002||Oxford||6:02||2 1⁄2 lengths||19||38|
|58||2003||Oxford||6:35||3 1⁄2 lengths||20||38|
|60||26 March 2005||Cambridge||6:27||2 1⁄3 lengths||21||39|
|61||1 April 2006||Oxford||5:44||1⁄2 length||22||39|
|62||1 April 2007||Cambridge||4:03||1⁄2 lengths||22||40|
|63||23 March 2008||Oxford||6:39||1⁄2 length||23||40|
|64||22 March 2009||Oxford||6:24||1 1⁄4 lengths||24||40|
|65||28 March 2010||Oxford||5:56||4 lengths||25||40|
|66||27 March 2011||Oxford||6:24||1 length||26||40|
|67||25 March 2012||Cambridge||6:38||1⁄4 length||26||41|
|68||24 March 2013||Oxford||7:21||1 3⁄4 lengths||27||41|
|69||29 March 2014||Oxford||5:50||4 lengths||28||41|
|70||11 April 2015||Oxford||19:45||6 1⁄2 lengths||29||41|
|71||27 March 2016||Oxford||21:49||24 lengths||30||41|
|72||2 April 2017||Cambridge||18:33||11 lengths||30||42|
|73||24 March 2018||Cambridge||19:10||7 lengths||30||43|
|74||7 April 2019||Cambridge||18:47||5 lengths||30||44|
|Date||Winner||Time||Winning margin||Oxford wins||Cambridge wins|
|1990||Cambridge||7:34||1 1⁄4 lengths||6||12|
|1991||Cambridge||7:36||2 3⁄4 lengths||6||13|
|1992||Cambridge||6:32||3 1⁄2 lengths||6||14|
|1993||Cambridge||6:22||1 1⁄2 lengths||6||15|
|1999||Oxford||6:09||1 3⁄4 lengths||7||20|
|2000||Cambridge||6:27||1 3⁄4 lengths||7||21|
|2002||Oxford||6:09||1 3⁄4 lengths||9||21|
|2005||Oxford||6:41||1 3⁄4 lengths||12||21|
|1 April 2006||Oxford||5:54||2 1⁄2 lengths||13||21|
|1 April 2007||Oxford||no time||1 length||14||21|
|23 March 2008||Oxford||7:09||easily||15||21|
|22 March 2009||Cambridge||6:50||1 1⁄2 lengths||15||22|
|28 March 2010||Oxford||6:10||3 1⁄2 lengths||16||22|
|27 March 2011||Cambridge||—||Oxford|
|25 March 2012||Oxford||6:57||3 1⁄2 lengths||17||23|
|24 March 2013||Oxford||7:41||6 lengths||18||23|
|29 March 2014||Oxford||6:01.5||1⁄2 length||19||23|
|10 April 2015||Oxford||18:58||15 lengths||20||23|
|27 March 2016||Cambridge||21:42||3 lengths||20||24|
|2 April 2017||Cambridge||19:06||13 lengths||20||25|
|24 March 2018||Cambridge||19:45||9 lengths||20||26|
|7 April 2019||Cambridge||19:19||5 lengths||20||27|
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The Henley Boat Races are a series of rowing races between men's and women's lightweight crews representing the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.
Oxford University Lightweight Rowing Club (OULRC) is the university rowing club for lightweight men at the University of Oxford which selects crews to race against Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club in the Henley Boat Races at the end of Hilary term. These races are usually held in late March each year.
The 148th Boat Race took place on 30 March 2002. Oxford won the race by three-quarters of a length, one of the narrowest margins of victory in the history of the contest.
The 158th Boat Race took place on 7 April 2012. Held annually, The Boat Race is a side-by-side rowing race between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge along the River Thames in London. Despite Cambridge having the heavier crew, Oxford were pre-race favourites having had a successful preparation period, including a victory over Leander. Cambridge won the toss and chose to start on the Surrey side of the river. Partway through, with the boats level, the race was temporarily halted to avoid injury to protester Trenton Oldfield, who swam in front of the two crews. After the race was restarted, one of the Oxford crew suffered irreparable damage to his blade following a clash of oars with the Cambridge boat, ending Oxford's chances of victory. The race was eventually won by Cambridge by four-and-a-quarter lengths, in a consolidated time of 17 minutes 23 seconds.
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