The Boat Races

On March 27, men’s and women’s rowing boat races were held on the River Thames in London, United Kingdom, between the country’s two famous universities, Oxford and Cambridge. The boat races between the two are an annual tradition and are referred to simply as “The Boat Races”. The distance of the races is 6.8 km (4.2 mile). This year, Oxford won the women’s race and Cambridge won the men’s. During the women’s race, the Cambridge team struggled as its boat was underwater at one point.

The Boat Race started in 1829, when two friends who went to the two universities challenged each other to a race. For the men’s race, Cambridge has won 82 times. Oxford is close behind with 79 wins. The two tied one year. For the women’s race, Oxford has won 30 times, and Cambridge 41 times.

Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The university does not have a date of foundation, but some form of teaching existed at Oxford in the year 1096. The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 by some scholars from Oxford. Famous authors whose books you might have read studied at Oxford. Some of them are C.S. Lewis, the author of “Chronicles of Narnia”, Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), the author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, and J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Here is a video of the Cambridge women’s team.


Did you know?

Harvard University (in USA) was named after a graduate from Cambridge called John Harvard.

Did you know?

United Kingdom’s Natural Environment Research Council has asked the public to help name its new polar research ship which will be ready in 2019. People can submit name suggestions online and also vote for the names already posted. The name with the most votes so far is Boaty McBoatface with over a hundred thousand likes.

Image Credits: for the images from The Boat Races