The Course

The finish is just before Chiswick Bridge, marked by the University Boat Race Stone on the Surrey Bank and a post in the river on the Middlesex side painted in the University’s colours.

Chiswick Bridge was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1933.

After months of training, if not years, it is here that the winners express their joy and the losers their despair.

The Men’s Boat Race record is held by the 1998 Cambridge crew who completed the course in 16 mins 19 secs. The Women’s Boat Race record of 18 mins 33 secs was established by the 2017 Cambridge crew. The times however mean little when considered against the result of the day; won or lost.

September 18, 2017
The Finish

The Finish

The finish is just before Chiswick Bridge, marked by the University Boat Race Stone on the Surrey Bank and a post in the river on the ...
September 18, 2017
Chiswick Eyot

Chiswick Eyot

Pronounced eight, Chiswick Eyot is a small uninhabited island, formerly used for growing osiers (a type of Salix or Willow used for basket making). It is now a nature ...
September 18, 2017
Hammersmith Bridge

Hammersmith Bridge

At Hammersmith Bridge the advantage of the Surrey bend starts to come into play. Traditionally cox’s aim for the second lamp post from the left as ...
September 18, 2017
University Stone

University Boat Race Stone

The University Stone is set into the towpath on Putney Embankment a few metres below Putney Bridge. The Boat Race will start from two stake boats ...