Boat Race 2019, Oxford vs Cambridge: How can I watch, history, interactive map, odds and more

Here’s everything you need to know about the old event

Friday 05 April 2019 12:10 BST
James Cracknell prepares to be the oldest ever Boat Race competitor

The 165th Boat Race will see Olympic champion James Cracknell become the oldest competitor to ever take part in the event.

Cracknell, 46, will represent Cambridge, who are looking to extend their overall lead of men’s races which currently stands at 83-80, with one dead heat.

The women’s race will run along the Tideway for only the fourth time, taking place shortly before the men’s race. Cambridge currently lead 43-40.

Here’s everything you need to know about the old event:

What is the Boat Race?

The Boat Race is an historic race between the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, rowed over 4.2 miles of the River Thames in London.

Where is the Boat Race?

It takes place in West London, beginning at Putney Bridge and ending at Chiswick Bridge. Use this interactive map to check out key viewing points and interesting landmarks along the course by clicking on the icons.

map created by Esri UK

When was it first held?

The first race took place in 1829, won by Cambridge after Oxford challenged them to the match.

Has there ever been a draw?

There was one dead heat in 1877, when both crews finished in 24min 8sec, although history says Oxford would have won the race but for a judge who was blind in one eye.

Has a boat ever sunk?

In 1912 both crews sank in terrible weather conditions, and the race was ultimately abandoned. Sinkings also occurred in 1859 and 1978 (Cambridge) and in 1925 and 1951 (Oxford).

How can I watch it?

The Boat Race will be televised on BBC One.

What are the odds?

Oxford men 3/1

Cambridge men 1/2

Dead heat 150/1

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