The Boat Races
This famous race is in fact two races, featuring the men’s and women’s Blue Boats of Oxford and Cambridge. The Blue Boat is the name given to the top crew from each university, whose members win the coveted Light Blue colours of Cambridge or Dark Blue of Oxford.
The openweight reserve crews are raced between the Boat Races (after the women’s race and before the men’s). The men’s reserve crews are Isis, for Oxford, and Goldie, for Cambridge. The women’s reserve crews are Osiris, for Oxford, and Blondie, for Cambridge.
The 2021 Gemini Boat Race was held on Sunday 4th April 2021 with the Women’s Race at 15:50 and the Men’s Race at 16:50. Due to COVID this year the race took place on the River Great Ouse at Ely.
A replay of the races can be seen HERE. Cambridge was victorious in both races, its women’s crew winning by 1 length and its men’s crew winning by the same margin.
To see the start of the winning CUBC Women’s race, go to 1:05:40.
To see the start of the winning CUBC Men’s race, go to 2:05:10.
Highlights of the reserve races, held on Sunday 25th April 2021, can be seen here. Cambridge was victorious in the men’s reserve race by 6 lengths, and in the women’s reserve race by 7 lengths.
The Championship Course
Putney to Mortlake
The Boat Race course, known as The Championship Course is 4 miles, 374 yards or 6.8 km long.
It stretches between Putney and Mortlake on the River Thames in south west London. This course was first used for The Boat Race in 1845 and has been used for every Race since; apart from 1846, 1856 and 1863 when the race was held in the opposite direction between Mortlake and Putney.
The Fulham/Chiswick side of the course is known as the Middlesex side. The Putney/Barnes side of the course is known as the Surrey side.
The Boat Race is rowed upstream, but is timed to start on the incoming “flood” tide.
The Men’s Boat Race is an hour and a half before high tide, with The Women’s Boat Race a further hour before so that the crews are rowing with the fastest possible current.
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