Oxford and Cambridge Boat ClubsThe four crews are known as the Blue Boats after the award their universities give them for competing in the race. Both universities have reserve crews. For the men, Oxford's reserve boat is called Isis, Cambridge's is called Goldie, and they will race half an hour before the Blue Boats. The women's reserve crews are Osiris (Oxford) and Blondie (Cambridge). Both Cambridge crews wear light blue, whilst Oxford's wear dark blue.
It is estimated that for every stroke taken in The Boat Race, the crews will have rowed 600 in practice.