The Boat Race

rowing race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities held in London, England

The Boat Race is a rowing race that happens every year in London. It is a race between the boat clubs of Cambridge University and Oxford University. The crews are made up of students. These two universities have a strong tradition in rowing and a strong rivalry between them.

The end of the 2002 Boat Race

The course is 4 miles long, along the River Thames. The first boat race was in 1829, and it is usually held on the last Sunday of March or the first Sunday of April. During the World Wars, the Boat Race did not happen. It is a very important sporting event in the United Kingdom. Millions of people watch it on television.[1] In 2009, more than 250,000 people watched it along the river.[2]

As of 2013, Cambridge has won the race 81 times and Oxford 77.[3]

2021 Boat Race


The 166th Boat Race will take place on the River Great Ouse on Sunday 4 April. It will start at Ely in Cambridgeshire. The reason is that Hammersmith Bridge on the Thames is unsafe, and the coronavirus dangers are greater in London.[4]


  1. "Euro final tops TV sports league". The Guardian. 23 December 2004. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  2. "Record crowd for Easter Boat Race". Evening Standard. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  3. "The Boat Race: Results". Official Boat Race Website. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  4. BBC. Boat Race 2021: Universities move from London to Ely. [1]