If you enjoy a good boat race and appreciate the skill of an oarsman, then it is worth taking a trip down to the Thames in the Spring time each year to watch the Oxford and Cambridge boat races. I have been a couple of times and it is definitely a great atmosphere and a wonderful competition to see. But I am a fan of all things Oars & Nautical and love the products that you can find at https://www.couronnedeco.com/product-category/wall-decor/oars-nautical/
The race sees both the men’s and women’s teams for Oxford and Cambridge compete against each other along a course of 4.2 miles long down the Thames River which stretches from Putney to Mortlake. You can watch the race from almost anywhere along the riverbank.
The teams battle against each other and in past years have also battled against the weather. If you add all of the wins together Oxford has won 80 times, Cambridge a total of 82 times and for one year only in 1877 the result was declared as a dead-heat. In terms of the women’s races Oxford have won 30 times and Cambridge 42 times. The weather is not always kind to the competitors and inclement weather can make for choppy rowing conditions, this has led to a number of occasions where the boats have sunk. Oxford boats sunk in 1925 and in 1951. The 1951 race was re-raced on the Monday. Cambridge has sunk twice in 1859 and 1978 and it also sank in 1984 after a collision at the start of the race with a barge.
It is not only the weather that can prove to be disruptive to the teams racing but also human beings who give little thought to the safety of themselves or other people when in 2012 a gentleman decided it would be a good idea to try and swim onto the course.
The first men’s race was held in 1829 and the yearly gathering was established in 1856 with the only times the race wasn’t held being the first and second world wars. The lady’s race was first held 1927 and has occurred on a yearly basis since 1964. After 2015 the lady’s race was held on the same course as the men’s and is actually held just before the men’s race.
Competing in the races requires a great deal of dedication and year-round training. The teams have specially allocated spaces to train and work out in terms of their stamina and muscle strength. The teams are made up of the best athletes in terms of rowing that each establishment has to offer and there have been numerous Olympians take part in the race. The teams are made up of all nationalities.