The Boat Race, the annual rowing contest between crews from Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs, will take place on Sunday, 26 March 2023, at its celebrated Championship Course on the River Thames in London. The Women’s Boat Race will start at 4.00pm and the Men’s Boat Race will begin at 5.00pm.
The world-famous sporting event between the UK’s two historic universities – University of Oxford and University of Cambridge – spans 185 years of rivalry, and the Race has become synonymous with British tradition and excellence. The Race has established itself as the epitome of amateur sport, raced by scholar-athletes who combine academic rigour with elite physical prowess. There is no greater occasion.
Due to the challenge of planning a high-profile sporting event around COVID-19 related restrictions at the time, the 2021 race location was moved and took place behind closed doors at Ely in Cambridgeshire.
In the 2022 race, Cambridge retained their title as winners of the Women’s Boat Race for the fifth consecutive year, 2 ½ lengths ahead of rivals Oxford. Both crews broke the course record, set in 2017, Cambridge setting in a new time of 18:23. Oxford men broke Cambridge’s five-year winning streak in the Men’s Boat Race, winning by 2 ¼ lengths in a time of 16:42. This equals the winning Oxford time in 2005, a time which hasn’t been matched since.
As it stands, Oxford University Boat Club (OUBC) has won the Boat Race 80 times, compared with 85 wins for their counterparts, the Cambridge University Boat Club (CUBC). Oxford University Women’s Boat Club (OUWBC) has a total of 30 wins versus 35 wins for the women’s team of the Cambridge University Boat Club (CUBC).
The Boat Race is regularly attended by over 250,000 spectators at the banks of the river and watched by more than 5 million on television. Spectator entry is free on race day with a range of food and hospitality options on offer along the river.