169th Cambridge vs. Oxford Boat Race – Sunday 30th March 2024

Cambridge go into the race as underdogs but come out VICTORIOUS!

We started well then let Oxford back into the race.

Ed Bracey our cox got told off for encroaching into Oxford’s line, but we won the battle for territory and the faster water and started to edge ahead.
Cambridge increased its lead to three lengths and to a point where we started to look comfortable, however then Matt Edge at stroke started to visibly suffer. His timing was all out and head starting to bob. Somehow he managed to keep the blades in relative time and hang in to the finish.

The women’s team wins the 78th race by a country mile (7 lengths to be precise). It was neck at neck at half way around Hammersmith Bridge but then Cambridge showed their dominance and secured the win. There was some controversy over Cambridge coming across Oxford’s line but no bump was deemed to have happened so Cambridge women chalk up their 7th consecutive win.


Some background:-

Starting from the stone under Putney Bridge baring the initials UBR travelling 6.8km to another stone with the same initials at The Ship pub in Mortlake.
As at today Cambridge lead 87 to Oxford’s 81.  https://theboatrace.org/results

It usually takes around 18 minutes to travel what is known as the Championship Course.

The north side of the river in the borough of Chiswick is known as the Middlesex Station and the south in Putney is the Surrey Station.

The race travels upstream setting off when the tide is at its strongest making it as hard as possible to row.

At the start there is an advantage to being at the Surrey Station, which becomes clear by the time they reach Hammersmith Bridge. If you are leading at this point you have an 80% chance of winning the race.

If the crews are closely matched by the time they get to Chiswick Eyot (pronounced ‘Eight’) one will make their decisive move.

These boys train around 4hrs per day, 6 days per week for over 7months, whilst trying to keep up with their studies. There are around 600 stokes of the blade during the whole race for one boat.

The pressure is on. We want another win. It’s all been building up to this moment.


If you are not on the banks of the river watching the race in London where is the best place in Cambridge to watch it?

Our suggestion would be to go down to the Cam and visit The Fort St. George in Midsummer Common. For more information visit https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/cambridgeshire/fort-st-george/ . It’s special to watch rowers out of the window whilst having the actual race on tv. They don’t serve a bad pint either.

One well known rowing pub is the Old Spring but it’s not known if a tv will be available on the day.  https://www.theoldspring.co.uk/

A pub with a lot of rowing history that does show the race is the Champion of the Thames on King Street and although you can’t see the river from the window it is very central. https://thechampionofthethames.com/

Wherever you are watching the race feel free to scream to the screen and cheer on Cambridge.