Why is the Boat Race contested between Oxford and Cambridge University and who has won most races?

THE world-well-known Oxford vs Cambridge boat race has been an annual occasion since 1856.

Solely the first and second world wars have prevented the two rivals going head-to-head down the River Thames.

 The Men's Boat Race has been taking place since 1829

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The Males's Boat Race has been happening since 1829

Round 250,000 flip up for the occasion and watch it unfold from the river banks annually.

Right here's the historical past behind the well-known race as the 158th duel will get underway on Sunday.

What is the historical past of the Oxford vs Cambridge boat race?

The custom was first began by a Cambridge scholar named Charles Merivale in 1829. He challenged his good friend, Charles Wordsworth, who was learning at Oxford, and he gladly accepted.

Cambridge misplaced the first face at Henley-On-Thames and needed to wait seven years for a rematch the place Cambridge got here out on prime.

After a disagreement on the location, they ultimately raced from Westminster to Putney till 1842 and then from Mortlake to Putney the place it is nonetheless held to today.

In 1877 it was the solely time when the race was declared a lifeless warmth. Each crews completed the course in 24 minutes and eight seconds via horrible climate.

Cambridge are narrowly main the means in the most boat race wins

The ladies's stats are barely totally different.

Because it was launched in 1927, Cambridge has won forty one occasions, whereas Oxford solely 20.

Final yr, Oxford have been topped champions profitable with a margin of 1 1/four lengths.

The place does The Boat Race happen?

The 'Championship Course' is four miles, 374 yards or 6.eight km lengthy,  stretching between Putney and Mortlake on the River Thames.

This course was first used for the Boat Race in 1845 and has been used for each race since, aside from in 1846, 1856 and 1863 when the race was held in the other way between Mortlake and Putney.

The Fulham/Chiswick aspect of the course is generally known as the Middlesex aspect. The Putney/Barnes aspect of the course is referred to as the Surrey aspect.

The occasions are rowed upstream, however are timed to start out on the incoming flood tide.

The lads's race often happen an hour earlier than excessive tide, with the ladies's race an extra hour earlier than in order that the crews are rowing with the quickest attainable present.

Who won the 2017 boat race?

The 2017 boat race passed off on April 2, and for the second time in the historical past of the occasion, all races have been held on the Tideway on the similar day.

Oxford won the 163rd males's boat race, with ease in response to stories.

Cambridge's staff stayed shut with their rivals, and virtually managed to shut the hole,  nevertheless it wasn't sufficient.

Cambridge ladies, on the different hand, ended Oxford's 4-yr profitable streak in report time.

THE world-well-known Oxford vs Cambridge boat race has been an annual occasion since 1856.