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The Boat Race 2021

The Boat Race 2021 is an annual rowing race contested between a crew of 8 from the rowing clubs of Cambridge University and Oxford University. The race was first held in 1829 and has grown into the world’s most famous rowing race, being held annually since 1856 (with the exception of the First and Second World Wars and Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020). A women’s event was first held in 1927 and been an annual event since 1964.

In the Men’s race, there have been 165 races with Cambridge narrowly winning more races with 84 victories compared to Oxford’s 80. There has been one dead heat in 1877 after a controversial ruling deemed both boats crossed the line at the same time. There has been 74 women’s races with Cambridge leading by 44 victories to Oxford’s 30.

Cambridge won both races in 2019 – five lengths ahead of Oxford in the women’s race and one length in the men’s race after an oar clash in the opening stages.

When is The Boat Race 2021?

The race is held in early spring, usually the last Sunday in March or first in April. Both races are held on the same afternoon, with the Men’s race an hour and a half before high tide and the Women’s race a further hour before so that they take place with the fastest possible current.

The 2021 race will be held on Sunday 4th April with the women’s race starting at 15:50 and the men’s race starting at 16:50.

Where is The Boat Race 2021?

The Boat Race usually takes place on ‘The Championship Course’, a 4 mile and 374 yard (6.8 kilometres) course between Putney and Mortlake on the River Thames in south west London. The 2021 race however will be held on the River Great Ouse at Ely, Cambridgeshire due to the Covid-19 pandemic and safety concerns regarding Hammersmith Bridge.

Where can I watch The Boat Race 2021?

Unfortunately there will be no spectator access to the 2021 race due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Further Information

The Boat Race Official Website

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