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Australians who have raced in The Boat Race
(Oxford University v Cambridge University)

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A summary of men's and women's races are further down this page.

The following brief history of the race, results and chronology comes from the website www.theboatrace.org and is reproduced with permission.

The idea for a rowing race between the universities 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 first Boat Race took place at Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire and contemporary newspapers report crowds of twenty thousand travelled to watch. The race was stopped soon after the start and, following the restart, Oxford were clear winners. The event was such a resounding success that the townspeople later decided to organise a regatta of their own which duly became Henley Royal Regatta. After the first year, the early Boat Races took place at Westminster in London, but by 1845, when Westminster had become too crowded, the Boat Race moved six miles up-stream to the then country village of Putney. In 1856 the race became an annual event (excepting only the war years).

A summary chronology:

1829:
First Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race held on 10 June at Henley-on-Thames
1836:
Second race from Westminster to Putney
1845:
First Boat Race held on The Thames between Putney and Mortlake
1849:
Oxford won on a foul
1859:
Cambridge sank
1873:
First year the crews raced on sliding seats
1877:
The race resulted in a dead heat
1898:
The Cambridge crew was waterlogged but finished
1900:
Cambridge win by 20 lengths
1912:
The Race was scheduled for 31 March but both boats sank and it had to be re-run on 1 April
1915-19:
No Boat Races during the First World War
1925:
Oxford sank
1927:
First year the BBC broadcast a running commentary on The Boat Race
1938:
BBC Television covered The Boat Race for the first time
1932:
The course was cut short by one minute due to construction work on Putney Bridge
1940-45:
On 24 March, Oxford sank and the race was rescheduled for 26 March, when Cambridge won
1952:
Oxford won by a canvas in a blizzard
1954:
The 100th Boat Race. Oxford won

1954 OUBC

1954 Winning Oxford crew training in London

Note the following coaches, press and "heavies"

1976:
First sponsorship of The Boat Race, by Ladbrokes. Oxford broke the 17 minute barrier
1978:
The Cambridge Blue Boat sank
1981:
Sue Brown was the first female to participate in the race. She steered Oxford to victory
1982:
Hugh and Rob Clay were the first twins ever to row in The Boat Race
1984:
Cambridge wrote off their boat minutes before the start of the race
1985:
Henrietta Shaw became the first Cambridge female cox
1987:
The year of the famous Oxford mutiny caused by a number of top class American oarsmen who refused to row when a fellow American was dropped in preference for the English President, Donald Macdonald. Oxford, with Macdonald, won. Beefeater Gin became the official sponsor of The Boat Race
1988:
Dennis Thatcher presented the trophy to the winning Oxford crew
1989:
The first time both Blue Boats were coxed by women - Alison Norrish (Oxford) and Leigh Weiss (Cambridge). HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, presented the trophy to the winning Oxford crew
1990
The record for the heaviest crew member ever to row in The Boat Race was broken by Chris Heathcote, weighing in at 17st 5lbs
1991:
HRH Princess Anne presented the trophy to the winning Oxford crew
1992:
Oxford beat Cambridge by one-and-a-half lengths in the closest race for twelve years. Matthew Pinsent, 1993 Oxford President, and Jonathan Searle, 1990 Oxford President, won gold medals at the 1992 Olympic Games
1993:
Cambridge won in the fourth fastest time ever, defeating a much favoured Oxford crew
1994:
For the first time in 21 years, Cambridge won two Boat Races in succession. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent presented the trophy
1996:
Cambridge President, John Carver, watched his crew win the 1996 Boat Race from the launch boat, then picked up the trophy on their behalf from HRH Duchess of Kent
1997:
Steve Redgrave, four-times Olympic rowing gold medallist, presented the trophy to the winning Cambridge crew
1998:
Cambridge fielded the heaviest and tallest crew in Boat Race history. Both crews broke the course record with Cambridge winning for the sixth consecutive year in a course record time of 16 mins 19 sec. Beefeater Gin's sponsorship ended after 12 years
 
 
1999:
The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs signed a three year sponsorship deal with Aberdeen Asset Management. Cambridge broke their own record for the tallest crew, helped by Josh West, the tallest man in Boat Race history at 6'9"
2000:
Oxford won the 2000 Boat Race after seven consecutive wins by Cambridge. Matt Smith became the youngest oarsman to win the Boat Race. Of the 12 British oarsmen who won gold medals at the Sydney Olympics, five had rowed in The Boat Race
2001:
The 2001 Boat Race ended with a clear win for Cambridge, despite early clashes when Oxford were half a length ahead, then a restart after Cambridge bowman Colin Swainson lost an oar
2002:
Oxford won in one of the tightest races of recent history. Cambridge man Sebastian Mayer seemed to collapse as The Race progressed.
2003:
Oxford won by just one foot - probably the closest Boat Race of all-time given that the 1877 Dead Heat was recorded as "by six feet to Oxford". In those days boat alignment at the start and finish photography were not as sophisticated as today. Two sets of brothers rowed in opposing boats setting a Race precedent. David Livingston and Matt Smith were in the winning Oxford crew. James Livingston and Ben Smith rowed for Cambridge. It was a titanic struggle of a Race.

2003 Cambridge

2003 Cambridge Crew

2004:
Oxford and Cambridge clashed early in the Race. Cambridge went on to win.
2005:
Oxford won with the heaviest Boat Race crew of all time.
2006:
Oxford won by five lengths in a race which featured strong winds and waves especially around Hammersmith Corner .

1954

1954 Oxford leading Cambridge coming to Hammersmith Bridge

2007:
Cambridge wins by 1 1/4 lengths under a bright sky and with a slight tail breeze.

2008:
Oxford won by 6 lengths in heavy wind and rain, resulting in the slowest winning time in over 60 years. Mike Whearley became the oldest competitor in boat race history at 36 years old.

2009:
Oxford rowed through Cambridge to win by 3 1/2 lengths with the heaviest crew in the race’s history.

2010:
For the first time the race had a title sponsor and was known as the “Xchanging Boat Race”. Cambridge won by 1 1/3 lengths.

2011:
Oxford won by 4 lengths with a tandem rig, the first time one had been seen in the Boat Race since 1975. Simon Hislop had just recovered from testicular cancer in time to stroke the winning crew.

2012:
Early into the race a protestor swam in front of the crews, forcing the event to be temporarily halted. After the race was restarted, a clash of oars resulted in damage to an Oxford oar, allowing the Cambridge crew to comfortably win by 4 1/2 lengths. Alex Woods of Oxford collapsed and lost consciousness at the end of the race, but later made a full recovery in hospital.

2013:
Matthew Pinsent, four-time Olympic rowing gold medallist, umpired the race as Oxford won by 1 1/3 lengths. Katherine Grainger presented the trophy to the winning crew after winning a gold medal in the Double Sculls at the London Olympics 8 month’s prior.

2014:
Oxford won by 11 lengths, the largest margin since 1973, after Cambridge broke a rigger backstay in an early clash of oars.

2015:
For the first time, the men’s, women’s, and reserves’ races were all held together on the Tideway. Oxford won all four races.

2016:
The events sponsor, BNY Mellon, and its subsidiary, Newton Investment management, donated the title sponsorship to Cancer Research UK, retitling the event: “The Cancer Research UK Boat Races”. Cambridge won by 2 1/2 lengths in rough conditions.

2017:
Oxford won by 1 1/4 lengths. The race was watched by 250,000 live spectators, 5 million domestic television viewers, and was broadcast live on YouTube for the first time.

2018:
Cambridge won all four races in a whitewash, winning the men’s race by 3 lengths.

 
The Boat Race Results - Men
Number Year Date Winner Time Margin
1 1929 10 Jun Oxford 14:03 Easily
2 1836 17 Jun Cambridge 36:00 1 minute
3 1839 3 Apr Cambridge 31:00 1minute 45 seconds
4 1840 15 Apr Cambridge 29:03 3/4 length
5 1841 14 Apr Cambridge 32:03 1 minute 5 seconds
6 1842 11 Jun Oxford 30:01 13 secs
7 1845 15 Mar Cambridge 23:03 30 seconds
8 1846 3 Apr Cambridge 21:05 3 lengths
9 1849 29 Mar Cambridge 22:00 Easily
10 1849 15 Dec Oxford   Foul
11 1852 3 Apr Oxford 21:36 27 seconds
12 1854 8 Apr Oxford 25:29 11 strokes
13 1856 15 Mar Cambridge 25:45 1/2 length
14 1857 4 Apr Oxford 22:05 32 seconds
15 1858 27 Mar Cambridge 21:23 22 seconds
16 1859 15 Apr Oxford 24:04 Cambridge sank
17 1860 31 Mar Cambridge 26:05 1 length
18 1861 23 Mar Oxford 23:03 47 seconds
19 1862 12 Apr Oxford 24:04 30 seconds
20 1863 28 Mar Oxford 23:06 45 seconds
21 1864 19 Mar Oxford 21:04 27 seconds
22 1865 8 Apr Oxford 21:24 4 lengths
23 1866 24 Mar Oxford 25:35 3 lengths
24 1867 13 Apr Oxford 22:39 1/2 length
25 1868 4 Apr Oxford 20:56 6 lengths
26 1869 17 Mar Oxford 20:04 3 lengths
27 1870 6 Apr Cambridge 22:04. 1 1/2 lengths
28 1871 1 Apr Cambridge 23:01 1 length
29 1872 23 Mar Cambridge 21:15 2 lengths
30 1873 29 Mar Cambridge 19:35 3 lengths
31 1874 28 Mar Cambridge 22:35 3 1/2 lengths
32 1875 20 Mar Oxford 22:02 10 lengths
33 1876 8 Apr Cambridge 20:02 Easily
34 1877 24 Mar Dead-Heat 24:08  
35 1878 13 Apr Oxford 22:15 10 lengths
36 1879 5 Apr Cambridge 21:18 3 lengths
37 1880 22 Mar Oxford 21:23 3 3/4 lengths
38 1881 8 Apr Oxford 21:51 3 lengths
39 1882 1 Apr Oxford 20:12 7 lengths
40 1883 15 Mar Oxford 21:18 3 1/2 lengths
41 1884 7 Apr Cambridge 21:39 2 1/2 lengths
42 1885 28 Mar Oxford 21:36 2 1/2 lengths
43 1886 3 Apr Cambridge 22:03 2/3 length
44 1887 26 Mar Cambridge 20:52 2 1/2 lengths
45 1888 24 Mar Cambridge 20:48 7 lengths
46 1889 30 Mar Cambridge 20:14 3 lengths
47 1890 26 Mar Oxford 22:03 1 length
48 1891 21 Mar Oxford 21:48 1/2 length
49 1892 9 Apr Oxford 19:01 2 1/4 length
50 1893 22 Mar Oxford 18:45 1 length 4 feet
51 1894 17 Apr Oxford 21:39 3 1/2 lengths
52 1985 30 Mar Oxford 20:05 2 1/4 lengths
53 1896 28 Mar Oxford 20:01 2/5 length
54 1897 3 Apr Oxford 19:12 2 1/2 length
55 1898 26 Mar Oxford 22:15 Easily
56 1899 25 Mar Cambridge 21:04 3 1/4 length
57 1900 31 Mar Cambridge 18:45 20 lengths
58 1901 30 Mar Oxford 22:31 2/3 length
59 1902 22 Mar Cambridge 19:09 5 lengths
60 1903 1 Apr Cambridge 19:33 6 lengths
61 1904 26 Mar Cambridge 21:37 4 1/2 length
62 1905 1 Apr Oxford 20:35 3 lengths
63 1906 7 Apr Cambridge 19:25 3 1/2 length
64 1907 16 Mar Cambridge 20:26 4 1/2 length
65 1908 4 Apr Cambridge 19:02 2 1/2 length
66 1909 3 Apr Oxford 19:05 3 1/2 length
67 1910 23 Mar Oxford 20:14 3 1/2 length
68 1911 1 Apr Oxford 18:29 2 3/4 length
69 1912 1 Apr Oxford 22:05 6 lengths
70 1913 13 Mar Oxford 20:53 3/4 length
71 1914 28 Mar Cambridge 20:23 4 1/2 length
72 1920 27 Mar Cambridge 21:11 4 lengths
73 1921 30 Mar Cambridge 19:45 1 length
74 1922 1 Apr Cambridge 19:27 4 1/2 length
75 1923 24 Mar Oxford 20:54 3/4 length
76 1924 5 Apr Cambridge 18:41 4 1/2 length
77 1925 28 Mar Cambridge 21:05 Oxford sank
78 1926 27 Mar Cambridge 19:29 5 lengths
79 1927 2 Apr Cambridge 20:14 3 lengths
80 1928 31 Mar Cambridge 20:25 10 lengths
81 1929 23 Mar Cambridge 19:24 7 lengths
82 1930 12 Apr Cambridge 19:09 2 lengths
83 1931 21 Mar Cambridge 19:26 2 1/2 lengths
84 1932 19 Mar Cambridge 19:11 5 lengths
85 1933 1 Apr Cambridge 20:57 2 1/4 lengths
86 1934 17 Mar Cambridge 18:03 4 1/2 lengths
87 1935 6 Apr Cambridge 19:48 4 1/2 lengths
88 1936 4 Apr Cambridge 21:06 5 lengths
89 1937 24 Mar Oxford 22:39 3 lengths
90 1938 2 Apr Oxford 20:03 2 lengths
91 1939 1 Apr Cambridge 19:03 4 lengths
92 1946 30 Mar Oxford 19:54 3 lengths
93 1947 29 Mar Cambridge 23:01 10 lengths
94 1948 27 Mar Cambridge 19:50 5 lengths
95 1949 26 Mar Cambridge 18:57 1/4 length
96 1950 1 Apr Cambridge 20:15 3 1/2 lengths
97 1951 26 Mar Cambridge 20:05 12 lengths
98 1952 29 Mar Oxford 20:23 Canvas
99 1953 28 Mar Cambridge 19:54 8 lengths
100 1954 3 Apr Oxford 20:23 4 1/2 lengths
101 1955 26 Mar Cambridge 19:01 16 lengths
102 1956 24 Mar Cambridge 18:36 1 1/4 lengths
103 1957 30 Mar Cambridge 19:01 2 lengths
104 1958 5 Apr Cambridge 18:15 3 1/2 lengths
105 1959 28 Mar Oxford 18:52 6 lengths
106 1960 2 Apr Oxford 18:59 1 1/4 lengths
107 1961 1 Apr Cambridge 19:22 4 1/4 lengths
108 1962 7 Apr Cambridge 19:46 5 lengths
109 1963 23 Mar Oxford 20:47 5 lengths
110 1964 28 Mar Cambridge 19:18 6 1/2 lengths
111 1965 3 Apr Oxford 18:07 4 lengths
112 1966 26 Mar Oxford 19:12 3 3/4 lengths
113 1967 25 Mar Oxford 18:52 3 1/4 lengths
114 1968 30 Mar Cambridge 18:22 3 1/2 lengths
115 1969 5 Apr Cambridge 18:04 4 lengths
116 1970 28 Mar Cambridge 20:22 3 1/2 lengths
117 1971 27 Mar Cambridge 17:58 10 lengths
118 1972 1 Apr Cambridge 18:36 9 1/2 lengths
119 1973 7 Apr Cambridge 19:21 13 lengths
120 1974 6 Apr Oxford 17:35 5 1/2 lengths
121 1975 29 Mar Cambridge 19:27 3 3/4 lengths
122 1976 20 Mar Oxford 16:58 6 1/2 lengths
123 1977 19 Mar Oxford 19:28 7 lengths
124 1978 25 Mar Oxford 18:58 Cambridge sank
125 1979 17 Mar Oxford 20:33 3 1/2 lengths
126 1980 5 Apr Oxford 19:02 Canvas
127 1981 4 Apr Oxford 18:11 8 lengths
128 1982 27 Mar Oxford 18:21 3 1/4 lengths
129 1983 2 Apr Oxford 19:07 4 1/2 lengths
130 1984 18 Mar Oxford 16:45 3 3/4 lengths
131 1985 6 Apr Oxford 17:11 4 3/4 lengths
132 1986 29 Mar Cambridge 17:58 7 lengths
133 1987 28 Mar Oxford 19:59 4 lengths
134 1988 2 Apr Oxford 17:35 5 1/2 lengths
135 1989 25 Mar Oxford 18:27 2 1/2 lengths
136 1990 31 Mar Oxford 17:22 2 1/4 lengths
137 1991 30 Mar Oxford 16:59 4 1/4 lengths
138 1992 4 Apr Oxford 17:44 1 1/4 length
139 1993 27 Mar Cambridge 17:00 3 1/2 lengths
140 1994 26 Mar Cambridge 18:09 6 1/2 lengths
141 1995 1 Apr Cambridge 18:04 4 lemgths
142 1996 6 Apr Cambridge 16:58 2 3/4 lengths
143 1997 29 Mar Cambridge 17:38 2 lengths
144 1998 28 Mar Cambridge 16:19 3 lengths
145 1999 3 Apr Cambridge 16:41 3 1/2 lengths
146 2000 25 Mar Oxford 18:04 3 lengths
147 2001 24 Mar Cambridge 17:44 2 1/2 lengths
148 2002 30 Mar Oxford 16:54 2/3 length
149 2003 6 Apr Oxford 18:06 1 foot
150 2004 28 Mar Cambridge 18:17 6 lengths
151 2005 27 Mar Oxford 16:42 2 lengths
152 2006 2 Apr Oxford 18:26 5 lengths
153 2007 10 Apr Cambridge 17:49 1 1/4 lengths
154 2008 29 Mar Oxford 20:53 6 lengths
155 2009 29 Mar Oxford 17:00 3 1/2 lengths
156 2010 3 Apr Cambridge 17:35 1 1/3 Lengths
157 2011 16 Mar Oxford 17:32 4 lengths
158 2012 7 Apr Cambridge 17:23 4 1/4 lengths
159 2013 31 Mar Oxford 17:28 1 1/3 lengths
160 2014 6 Apr Oxford 18:36 11 lengths
161 2015 11 Apr Oxford 17:34 6 1/2 lengths
162 2016 27 Mar Cambridge 18:38 2 1/2 lengths
163 2017 2 Apr Oxford 16:59 1 1/4 lengths
164 2018 24 Mar Cambridge 17:51 3 lengths

The Boat Race Results - Women

Number Year Winner Time Margin
1 1927 Oxford 3:36  
2 1929 Cambridge NTT  
3 1930 Cambridge NTT  
4 1934 Oxford NTT  
5 1935 Oxford NTT  
6 1936 Oxford NTT  
7 1937 Oxford NTT  
8 1939 Oxford NTT  
9 1941 Oxford NTT  
10 1942 Cambridge NTT  
11 1944 Cambridge NTT  
12 1945 Cambridge NTT  
13 1946 Cambridge NTT  
14 1948 Cambridge NTT  
15 1949 Oxford NTT  
16 1950 Oxford NTT  
17 1951 Oxford NTT  
18 1952 Cambridge NTT  
19 1964 Cambridge NTT  
20 1965 Cambridge NTT  
21 1966 Cambridge NTT  
22 1967 Cambridge NTT  
23 1968 Cambridge NTT  
24 1969 Cambridge NTT  
25 1970 Cambridge NTT  
26 1971 Cambridge NTT  
27 1972 Cambridge NTT  
28 1973 Cambridge NTT  
29 1974 Cambridge NTT  
30 1975 Cambridge NTT  
31 1976 Oxford NTT  
32 1977 Cambridge NTT  
33 1978 Cambridge NTT  
34 1979 Cambridge NTT  
35 1980 Oxford NTT  
36 1981 Oxford NTT  
37 1982 Cambridge NTT  
38 1983 Cambridge NTT  
39 1984 Cambridge NTT  
40 1985 Oxford NTT  
41 1986 Oxford NTT  
42 1987 Cambridge NTT  
43 1988 Oxford NTT  
44 1989 Cambridge 6:20 1 length
45 1990 Cambridge 7:17 3 1/4 lengths
46 1991 Oxford 7:29 3 lengths
47 1992 Cambridge 6:20 1/3 length
48 1993 Cambridge 6:10 4 1/2 lengths
49 1994 Cambridge 6:11 1 length
50 1995 Cambridge 6:02 1 1/3 length
51 1996 Cambridge 6:12 4 lengths
52 1997 Cambridge 6:26 1 1/4 length
53 1998 Cambridge 6:25 1 1/4 length
54 1999 Cambridge 6:01 1 length
55 2000 Oxford 6:01 1 length
56 2001 Cambridge 7:27 3 feet
57 2002 Oxford 6:02 3 1/2 lengths
58 2003 Oxford 6:35 3 1/2 lengths
59 2004 Oxford 6:27 4 lengths
60 2005 Cambridge 6:27 1 1/3 length
61 2006 Oxford 5:44 1/2 length
62 2007 Cambridge 4:03 1/2 length
63 2008 Oxford 6:38 1/2 length
64 2009 Oxford 6:24 1 1/4 length
65 2010 Oxford 5:56 4 lengths
66 2011 Oxford 6:38 1 length
67 2012 Cambridge 6:38 1/4 length
68 2013 Oxford 7:21 1 3/4 length
69 2014 Oxford 5:50 4 lengths
70 2015 Oxford 19:45 6 1/2 lengths
71 2016 Oxford 21:49 24 lengths
72 2017 Cambridge 18:33 11 lengths
73 2018 Cambridge 19:06 7 Lengths