Next Race 150th Boat Race, March 28th 6pm sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management
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Last updated 2 Nov 2003 - Low Graphics    

100th race
How the Boat Race began

It began with a series of letters between two students who had the idea for The Boat Race, first held in 1829. Read more in History.

Coming to watch?

If you're coming to watch the race you'll want our comprehensive guide to watching the Boat Race. It contains information on how to get to the start, middle and end of the course, details on pubs along the way and walks you can take along the river.
We also provide information about watching on television, online or listening on the radio.

Race guide

So what makes a modern Boat Race? Our Race Guide section explains all. We detail how the crews build up to the big day in The Crews, give a detailed guide to the 4¼ mile course in The Famous Course and much more.


We've got a good selection of images from past races in our Picture Gallery. It will be updated with photos of this year's race soon after the event.

The 2003 Boat Race
Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked a lot of questions, and to answer them we have the Boat Race statistician, Robert Treharne Jones, who will cover your questions in our FAQ section. If you want to ask a question please do so at

About rowing

You don't have to be at Oxford or Cambridge to row. It's a thriving sport for everybody in all parts of the country. You can find out more in About Rowing.

150th Race

The Boat Race 2004 marks not only the 175th anniversary of the first ever event, but is also the 150th Boat Race. We cover this in the 150th Boat Race section.