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The very first Boat Race

Posted in Anniversary, Sport on Monday, 31 May 2010

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picture Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

The first Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. Illustration by John Keay

10 June is the anniversary of the Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge. The rowing race between the two university teams first took place in 1829 and has been an annual event since 1856, with brief breaks during the two world wars.

The first race took place at Henley-on-Thames after a challenge between friends, Charles Merivale (a student at Cambridge) and Charles Wordsworth (who was at Oxford). The race was won by Oxford.

For more pictures of the Boat Race, follow this link. A great many pictures of other types of rowing boats throughout history can be found here.

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