The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race – It's Fun History

I thought it would be of interest to write this article about the history of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race as It’s one of the most famous boat races in the world and is one of England’s greatest sporting Icon competition’s.

The event generally known as “The Boat Race” is a rowing race in England between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club. The teams comprised of Eight rowers in each team with a cox in the bow who would control the speed of the boat.
The race is between competing eights, each spring on the Thames in London. It takes place generally on the last Saturday of March or the first Saturday of April.
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.
The event is a popular one, not only with the alumni of the universities, but also with rowers in general and the public. 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.
Members of both teams are traditionally known as blues and each boat as a “Blue Boat” with Cambridge in light blue and Oxford dark blue. The first race was in 1829 and it has been held annually since 1856, with the exception of the two world wars. The most recent race was on Saturday, 3 April 2010 at 4.30pm with Cambridge (on the Middlesex Station) winning.

Full Results by Year

No.
Date
Winner
Time
Total wins
Reserves
Ox
Cam
1
01829-06-10 10 June 1829
Oxford
14:03
1
0

2
01836-06-17 17 June 1836
Cambridge
36:00
1
1

3
01839-04-03 3 April 1839
Cambridge
31:00
1
2

4
01840-04-15 15 April 1840
Cambridge
29:03
1
3

5
01841-04-14 14 April 1841
Cambridge
32:03
1
4

6
01842-06-11 11 June 1842
Oxford
30:01
2
4

7
01845-03-15 15 March 1845
Cambridge
23:03
2
5

8
01846-04-03 3 April 1846
Cambridge
21:05
2
6

9
01849-04-29 29 April 1849
Cambridge
22:00
2
7

10
01849-12-15 15 December 1849
Oxford
foul
3
7

11
01852-04-03 3 April 1852
Oxford
21:36
4
7

12
01854-04-08 8 April 1854
Oxford
25:29
5
7

13
01856-03-15 15 March 1856
Cambridge
25:45
5
8

14
01857-04-04 4 April 1857
Oxford
22:05
6
8

15
01858-03-27 27 March 1858
Cambridge
21:23
6
9

16
01859-04-15 15 April 1859
Oxford
24:04
7
9

17
01860-03-31 31 March 1860
Cambridge
26:05
7
10

18
01861-03-23 23 March 1861
Oxford
23:03
8
10

19
01862-04-12 12 April 1862
Oxford
24:04
9
10

20
01863-03-28 28 March 1863
Oxford
23:06
10
10

21
01864-03-19 19 March 1864
Oxford
21:04
11
10

22
01865-04-08 8 April 1865
Oxford
21:24
12
10

23
01866-03-24 24 March 1866
Oxford
25:35
13
10

24
01867-04-13 13 April 1867
Oxford
22:39
14
10

25
01868-04-04 4 April 1868
Oxford
20:56
15
10

26
01869-03-17 17 March 1869
Oxford
20:04
16
10

27
01870-04-06 6 April 1870
Cambridge
22:04
16
11

28
01871-04-01 1 April 1871
Cambridge
23:01
16
12

29
01872-03-23 23 March 1872
Cambridge
21:15
16
13

30
01873-03-29 29 March 1873
Cambridge
19:35
16
14

31
01874-03-28 28 March 1874
Cambridge
22:35
16
15

32
01875-03-20 20 March 1875
Oxford
22:02
17
15

33
01876-04-08 8 April 1876
Cambridge
20:02
17
16

34
01877-03-24 24 March 1877
dead heat
24:08
17
16

35
01878-04-13 13 April 1878
Oxford
22:15
18
16

36
01879-04-05 5 April 1879
Cambridge
21:18
18
17

37
01880-03-22 22 March 1880
Oxford
21:23
19
17

38
01881-04-08 8 April 1881
Oxford
21:51
20
17

39
01882-04-01 1 April 1882
Oxford
20:12
21
17

40
01883-03-15 15 March 1883
Oxford
21:18
22
17

41
01884-04-07 7 April 1884
Cambridge
21:39
22
18

42
01885-03-28 28 March 1885
Oxford
21:36
23
18

43
01886-04-03 3 April 1886
Cambridge
22:03
23
19

44
01887-03-26 26 March 1887
Cambridge
20:52
23
20

45
01888-03-24 24 March 1888
Cambridge
20:48
23
21

46
01889-03-30 30 March 1889
Cambridge
20:14
23
22

47
01890-03-26 26 March 1890
Oxford
22:03
24
22

48
01891-03-21 21 March 1891
Oxford
21:48
25
22

49
01892-04-09 9 April 1892
Oxford
19:01
26
22

50
01893-03-22 22 March 1893
Oxford
18:45
27
22

51
01894-03-17 17 March 1894
Oxford
21:39
28
22

52
01895-03-30 30 March 1895
Oxford
20:05
29
22

53
01896-03-28 28 March 1896
Oxford
20:01
30
22

54
01897-04-03 3 April 1897
Oxford
19:12
31
22

55
01898-03-26 26 March 1898
Oxford
22:15
32
22

56
01899-03-25 25 March 1899
Cambridge
21:04
32
23

57
01900-03-31 31 March 1900
Cambridge
18:45
32
24

58
01901-03-30 30 March 1901
Oxford
22:31
33
24

59
01902-03-22 22 March 1902
Cambridge
19:09
33
25

60
01903-04-01 1 April 1903
Cambridge
19:33
33
26

61
01904-03-26 26 March 1904
Cambridge
21:37
33
27

62
01905-04-01 1 April 1905
Oxford
20:35
34
27

63
01906-04-07 7 April 1906
Cambridge
19:25
34
28

64
01907-03-16 16 March 1907
Cambridge
20:26
34
29

65
01908-04-04 4 April 1908
Cambridge
19:02
34
30

66
01909-04-03 3 April 1909
Oxford
19:05
35
30

67
01910-03-23 23 March 1910
Oxford
20:14
36
30

68
01911-04-01 1 April 1911
Oxford
18:29
37
30

69
01912-04-01 1 April 1912
Oxford
22:05
38
30

70
01913-03-13 13 March 1913
Oxford
20:53
39
30

71
01914-03-28 28 March 1914
Cambridge
20:23
39
31

72
01920-03-28 28 March 1920
Cambridge
21:11
39
32

73
01921-03-30 30 March 1921
Cambridge
19:45
39
33

74
01922-04-01 1 April 1922
Cambridge
19:27
39
34

75
01923-03-24 24 March 1923
Oxford
20:54
40
34

76
01924-04-05 5 April 1924
Cambridge
18:41
40
35

77
01925-03-28 28 March 1925
Cambridge
21:05
40
36

78
01926-03-27 27 March 1926
Cambridge
19:29
40
37

79
01927-04-02 2 April 1927
Cambridge
20:14
40
38

80
01928-03-31 31 March 1928
Cambridge
20:25
40
39

81
01929-03-23 23 March 1929
Cambridge
19:24
40
40

82
01930-04-12 12 April 1930
Cambridge
19:09
40
41

83
01931-03-21 21 March 1931
Cambridge
19:26
40
42

84
01932-03-19 19 March 1932
Cambridge
19:11
40
43

85
01933-04-01 1 April 1933
Cambridge
20:57
40
44

86
01934-03-17 17 March 1934
Cambridge
18:03
40
45

87
01935-04-06 6 April 1935
Cambridge
19:48
40
46

88
01936-04-04 4 April 1936
Cambridge
21:06
40
47

89
01937-03-24 24 March 1937
Oxford
22:39
41
47

90
01938-04-02 2 April 1938
Oxford
20:03
42
47

91
01939-04-01 1 April 1939
Cambridge
19:03
42
48

92
01946-03-30 30 March 1946
Oxford
19:54
43
48

93
01947-03-29 29 March 1947
Cambridge
23:01
43
49

94
01948-03-27 27 March 1948
Cambridge
17:05
43
50

95
01949-03-26 26 March 1949
Cambridge
18:57
43
51

96
01950-04-01 1 April 1950
Cambridge
20:15
43
52

97
01951-03-26 26 March 1951
Cambridge
20:05
43
53

98
01952-03-29 29 March 1952
Oxford
20:23
44
53

99
01953-03-28 28 March 1953
Cambridge
19:54
44
54

100
01954-04-03 3 April 1954
Oxford
20:23
45
54

101
01955-03-26 26 March 1955
Cambridge
19:01
45
55

102
01956-03-24 24 March 1956
Cambridge
18:36
45
56

103
01957-03-30 30 March 1957
Cambridge
19:01
45
57

104
01958-04-05 5 April 1958
Cambridge
18:15
45
58

105
01959-03-28 28 March 1959
Oxford
18:52
46
58

106
01960-04-02 2 April 1960
Oxford
18:59
47
58

107
01961-04-01 1 April 1961
Cambridge
19:22
47
59

108
01962-04-07 7 April 1962
Cambridge
19:46
47
60

109
01963-03-23 23 March 1963
Oxford
20:47
48
60

110
01964-03-28 28 March 1964
Cambridge
19:18
48
61

111
01965-04-03 3 April 1965
Oxford
18:07
49
61
Isis
112
01966-03-26 26 March 1966
Oxford
19:12
50
61
Isis
113
01967-03-25 25 March 1967
Oxford
18:52
51
61
Goldie
114
01968-03-30 30 March 1968
Cambridge
18:22
51
62
Goldie
115
01969-04-05 5 April 1969
Cambridge
18:04
51
63
Goldie
116
01970-03-28 28 March 1970
Cambridge
20:22
51
64
Goldie
117
01971-03-27 27 March 1971
Cambridge
17:58
51
65
Goldie
118
01972-04-01 1 April 1972
Cambridge
18:36
51
66
Goldie
119
01973-03-07 7 March 1973
Cambridge
19:21
51
67
Goldie
120
01974-04-06 6 April 1974
Oxford
17:35
52
67
Goldie
121
01975-03-29 29 March 1975
Cambridge
19:27
52
68
Isis
122
01976-03-20 20 March 1976
Oxford
16:58
53
68
Isis
123
01977-03-19 19 March 1977
Oxford
19:28
54
68
Goldie
124
01978-03-25 25 March 1978
Oxford
18:58
55
68
Goldie
125
01979-03-17 17 March 1979
Oxford
20:33
56
68
Goldie
126
01980-04-05 5 April 1980
Oxford
19:02
57
68
Isis
127
01981-04-04 4 April 1981
Oxford
18:11
58
68
Isis
128
01982-03-27 27 March 1982
Oxford
18:21
59
68
Isis
129
01983-04-02 2 April 1983
Oxford
19:07
60
68
Isis
130
01984-03-18 18 March 1984
Oxford
16:45
61
68
Goldie
131
01985-04-06 6 April 1985
Oxford
17:11
62
68
Isis
132
01986-03-29 29 March 1986
Cambridge
17:58
62
69
Isis
133
01987-03-28 28 March 1987
Oxford
19:59
63
69
Goldie
134
01988-04-02 2 April 1988
Oxford
17:35
64
69
Goldie
135
01989-03-25 25 March 1989
Oxford
18:27
65
69
Isis
136
01990-03-31 31 March 1990
Oxford
17:22
66
69
Goldie
137
01991-03-30 30 March 1991
Oxford
16:59
67
69
Goldie
138
01992-04-04 4 April 1992
Oxford
17:44
68
69
Goldie
139
01993-03-27 27 March 1993
Cambridge
17:00
68
70
Goldie
140
01994-03-26 26 March 1994
Cambridge
18:09
68
71
Goldie
141
01995-04-01 1 April 1995
Cambridge
18:04
68
72
Goldie
142
01996-04-06 6 April 1996
Cambridge
16:58
68
73
Goldie
143
01997-03-29 29 March 1997
Cambridge
17:38
68
74
Goldie
144
01998-03-28 28 March 1998
Cambridge
16:19
68
75
Isis
145
01999-04-03 3 April 1999
Cambridge
16:41
68
76
Goldie
146
02000-03-25 25 March 2000
Oxford
18:04
69
76
Isis
147
02001-03-24 24 March 2001
Cambridge
17:44
69
77
Goldie
148
02002-03-30 30 March 2002
Oxford
16:54
70
77
Isis
149
02003-04-06 6 April 2003
Oxford
18:06
71
77
Goldie
150
02004-03-28 28 March 2004
Cambridge
18:47
71
78
Isis
151
02005-03-27 27 March 2005
Oxford
16:42
72
78
Goldie
152
02006-04-02 2 April 2006
Oxford
18:26
73
78
Goldie
153
02007-04-07 7 April 2007
Cambridge
17:49
73
79
Goldie
154
02008-03-29 29 March 2008
Oxford
20:53
74
79
Isis
155
02009-03-29 29 March 2009
Oxford
17:00
75
79
Isis
156
02010-04-03 3 April 2010
Cambridge
17:35
75
80
Goldie
Unofficial wartime races

Date Winner
1940 Cambridge
1943 Oxford
1944 Oxford
1945 Cambridge

Although the heavyweight men’s eights are the main draw, the two universities compete in other rowing boat races. The main boat race is preceded by a race between the two reserve crews (called Isis for Oxford and Goldie for Cambridge).

The women’s eights, women’s reserve eights, men’s lightweight eights and women’s lightweight eights race in the Henley Boat races a week before the men’s heavyweight races.

There is also a ‘veterans’ boat race, usually held on a weekday before the main Boat Race, on the Thames between Putney and Hammersmith.

The Chinese call Britain ‘The Island of Hero’s’ which I think sums up what we British are all about. We British are inquisitive and competitive and are always looking over the horizon to the next adventure and discovery.

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