The Boat Race – A clear win for Oxford!

Thames River The Boat Race

A murky view!

A murky late afternoon for The Boat Race

I am rather embarrassed to say that this was the first time that I had gone down to watch The Boat Race.  What a murky early evening it was too.  The skies were spitting, threatening to dampen our experience, but we were full of British spirit as we ‘all’ (kids included and dogs, no one dog!) wandered down to the Barnes area of the river.

We got a great vantage point, the camera crew were out and a clear space on the river wall to lean over and prepare cameras for ‘that’ shot, which unfortunately with my rather old camera was rather fuzzy, but nonetheless I shall share with you anyway.

I must say that though the weather proved to be rather dull, there was one bright ray on my viewfinder whilst toiling the minutes away waiting, rather sunny and lovely don’t you think, even for an umbrella?

yellow umbrella

A sunny sight!

We watched overhead, the helicopters giving a good clue as to what was going on, and here they were..or should I say…here Oxford was, with a clear win by a strapping 11 lengths, apparently the biggest margin of victory since 1973.

Cambridge started aggressively but Luke Juckett had his rigger damaged in an early on, making rowing effectively impossible for him.  They did however remain in good spirits continuing energetically for the crowd until the end, finishing at Mortlake.

Some fuzzy pictures for those who couldn’t be there.

I must say though short but sweet, I enjoyed the experience and will make sure to get my walking legs on again next year to support this grand event.

There is no better way to finish off watching such a sporting spectacle than to have  a pint and a burger.  We trundled down to The Sun who had a barbeque going.  I was presented with burgers that were just onions and beef or pork burgers.  Being a fusspot I said “what no cheese, what no salad?”  Promptly the reply was no.  My heart sank, thinking “not being a fan of burgers in the first place this is not looking good”.  However, I must say that was the best burger I have ever had, the meat was delicious, so if you fancy a great burger, head on down to The Sun.  Apparently they do more elaborate ones not on The Boat Race night, so it is a no brainer, you will be pleased.

Thank you as always for reading!

Did you go to The Boat Race?

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relax and chat with cup of coffee

The BNY Boat Race – Sunday 6th April 2014 @ 5.55pm


The BNY Boat Race is on this Sunday 6th April 2014 @ the slightly earlier time of 5.55pm

 Some History about this fantastic boat race.

The Boat Race was originally founded by Charles Merrivale and Charles Wordworth (newphew of the poet William Wordsworth).

The story starts when two friends from Harrow School, Charles Wordsworth of Christ Church College, Oxford and Charles Merrivale of St Johns, Cambridge, who met during holiday time in Cambridge.  These two friends decided to set up a challenge.

On February 10th 1829 a meeting of the Cambridge University Boat Club requested that Mr Snow from St John’s write forthwith to Mr Staniforth of Christ Chuch stating that the University of Cambridge hereby challenge the University of Oxford to row a match at or near London, this to be held in an eight-oared boat during the East vacation.

Staniforth and Snow not only had been schoolfriends but also boating comrades at Eton.

The first race eventually took place on 10thJune 1829 at Henley on Thames of which Oxford won easily.  Their winning boat can still be seen in the River and Rowing Museum.

Over the next 25 years contests happened sporadically, moving to London for the second race in 1836.

And now?

The Boat Race mapThis year will be the 160 th Boat Race between the crews from the Univeristy of Oxford and Cambridge.  It is one of the oldest sporting events in the world.

There is expected to be another great Race this year, with two very strong squads.  Expect thousands to be watching along the banks between Putney and Mortlake.  It starts at Putney Bridge, finishing at Chiswick Bridge.

To re-iterate, The Race takes place at 5.55pm, Sunday 6th April, preceded by the reserve crew race between Isis and Goldie.  There will be events at the river bank from around 12pm at Bishop’s Park and Furnvall Gardens.


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