This weekend the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race was held. It’s a race between the boat clubs of Cambridge University and Oxford University. The crews are made up of students. These two universities have a strong tradition in rowing and a strong rivalry between them.
The course is 4 miles long, along the River Thames. The first boat race was in 1829, and it is usually held on the last Sunday of March or the first Sunday of April. During the World Wars, the Boat Race did not happen. It is a very important sporting event in the United Kingdom. Millions of people watch it on television. More than 250,000 people watched it along the river.
We’re happy to report that this year Cambridge won yet again – bringing their total wins to 83. Oxford have won 80 times.
In our winter camp this year our students were able to visit the indoor rowing tank where the Cambridge rowing team practice. We hope to run more of these sessions this summer in order to give CCL students the chance to experience first-hand some of the culture of Cambridge.