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Sun 6 Apr 2014

The Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race

  • By Bas Nieuwenhuizen and 1 other
  • Laast Update: 88 weeks ago
  • London, England, United Kingdom

Oxford-Cambridge boat race

Flickr-Stuart Chalmers

April 6th 2014 will see The 160th Boat Race between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. First raced in 1829, The Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world.

Watched by thousands along the banks of the River Thames in London, between Putney and Mortlake, and by millions more on TV around the world, The Boat Race is a unique sporting event. With two very strong squads of athletes, expect to see another great Race this year.


The race is also known as 'The University Boat Race', 'The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race' and more recently, 'The BNY Mellon Boat Race'.

Boats are comprised of eight rowing members and a cox with the event only not having taken place during the World Wars.

Initiated in 1829 when Charles Merivale, a student at St. John's College at the time, took the initiative to set an annual challenge between the UK's two main academic institutions.

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