Cambridge win the 153rd University Boat Race


The light blues of Cambridge University are victorious against the dark blues of Oxford University in the 153rd University Boat Race, finishing in a time of 17 mins 49 secs

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

The idea for a rowing race between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge came from two friends - Charles Merivale, a student at Cambridge, and his Harrow schoolfriend Charles Wordsworth (nephew of the poet William Wordsworth), who was at Oxford.

On 12 March 1829, Cambridge sent a challenge to Oxford and thus the tradition was born which has continued to the present day, where the loser of the previous year’s race challenges the opposition to a re-match.

The Modern Boat Race still runs along the same lines but has now become a major international sporting occasion drawing millions of viewers from around the world.

On Race Day up to 250,000 spectators crowd the banks of the Thames from Putney to Mortlake to witness the action.

Cambridge currently lead the series since 1829 (with no races being held over the two World Wars) 79-73 with today's victory, and one dead heat, in 1877. It was first held annually in 1856.

The course is 4 miles and 374 yards (6,779 m) along the Thames in London from Putney to Mortlake , passing Barnes and Hammersmith ; it is sometimes referred to as the Championship Course .

Cambridge win first race for three years

The light blues of Cambridge beat the dark blues of Oxford to win the University Boat Race for the 79th time and for the first time since 2004

7th April 2007

Cambridge celebrate their 79th win in the annual University Boat Race on the Thames, and their first win since 2004

The race route along the Thames. The start line is near Putney Bridge and finished 4 miles away at Mortlake.

Cambridge today justified their pre-race tag as favourites by winning the 153rd Boat Race, sponsored by Xchanging.

The Light Blues won the gruelling four and a quarter mile race from Putney to Mortlake by one and a quarter lengths from Oxford.

Cambridge crossed the line in 17 minutes 49 seconds, with Oxford finishing in 17 minutes and 52 seconds.

It was Cambridge’s first win since 2004 and their first under head coach Duncan Holland.

Split times: Cambridge - Oxford

Miles Post: 3.49 - 3.48

Hammersmith Bridge: 6.58 - 6.57

Chiswick Steps: 10.55 - 10.55 1/2

Barnes Bridge: 14.46 - 14.50

Finish: 17.49 - 17.52



Cambridge (right) and Oxford

Cambridge boat
(from bow to stroke plus cox)

Kristopher McDaniel
Dan O'Shaughnessy
Peter Champion
Jacob Cornelius
Tom James
Kieron West
Sebastian Schulte
Thorsten Engelmann
Rebecca Dowbiggin

Oxford boat
(from bow to stroke plus cox)

Michal Plotkowiak
Adam Kosmicki
Andrew Wright
Magnus Fleming
Robin Ejsmond-Frey
William Buckland
Terence Kooyker
Ante Kusurin
Nicholas Brodie

The Cambridge crew celebrate as they cross over the finish line first

Cambridge's president is sprayed with champagne by his fellow crew members as he lifts the trophy
Last edited by Blackleaf; Apr 7th, 2007 at 12:58 PM..
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