Women's Boat Race 1927

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1st Women's Boat Race
Date15 March 1927 (1927-03-15)
WinnerOxford
Winning time3 minutes 36 seconds
Overall record
(CambridgeOxford)
0–1
UmpireT. H. Henn (Cambridge)
J. G. Geoffreys (Oxford)

The inaugural Women's Boat Race took place on 15 March 1927. The contest was between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and held on The Isis in Oxford.

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Crews

SeatOxford
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Cambridge
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NameCollegeNameCollege
Bow D. Morely Oxford Home-Students A. M. Walmsley Newnham
2C. S. Joris St Hilda's W. Leverton Newnham
3D. E. Gibbs Somerville V. Brown Newnham
4S. Longmore St Hilda's P. M. Havers Newnham
5L. Shaw St Hilda's B. Hutchinson Newnham
6D. G. Cullen St Hilda's P. K. Rich Newnham
7M. Winder St Hilda's E. Rickey Newnham
Stroke M. H. Brown Christ Church C. D. England Newnham
Cox H. G. Wanklyn St Hilda's T. Rhys Newnham
Source: [1]

Race

The Times reported that "large and hostile crowds gathered on the towpath", while The New York Times stated "a crowd of fully five thousand persons was on hand as a willing cheering section". [2] [3] [4] The crews were forbidden from racing side-by-side, and the winners were judged "rowing down stream for style and back again for speed" along the course "from the Free Ferry from the top of Iffley Reach to the Keble barge", [1] a distance of approximately 0.5 miles (0.80 km). [5] The Cambridge crew wore "white jumpers and chocolate shorts and stockings" while Oxford sported "white and dark blue shorts". [4]

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The judges for the contest were T. H. Henn (representing Cambridge) and J. G. Geoffreys (representing Oxford). Reports differ as to the judges' opinions on style: one suggests they failed to agree on a winner, [5] another indicates that they deemed the style of each crew to be equal. [4] As a result, the judges based the result on speed: [5] the race was won by Oxford in a time of 3 minutes 36 seconds, beating Cambridge by 15 seconds. [1] The next Women's Boat Race would take place two years later. [6]

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.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Boat Race Practice – An Oxford victory". The Times . 16 March 1927. p. 7.
  2. "Pulling Together". Cambridge Alumni Magazine (74 Lent 2015): 12. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  3. "Origins – The Women's Boat Race: The Early years". The Boat Race Company Limited. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 "Women's Boat Race at Oxford – a novel competition". Cheltenham Chronicle. 19 March 1927. p. 11.(subscription required)
  5. 1 2 3 "Women's Boat Race – Confetti, Streamers, and Toy Trumpets". Western Daily Press . 16 March 1927. p. 5.(subscription required)
  6. "Boat Race – Results". The Boat Race Company Limited. Retrieved 15 April 2015.