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San Francisco - Boat Race Dinner

San Francisco - Boat Race Dinner

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Hosted by the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Dinner Committee in San Francisco
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 - 5.30pm to 10.30pm PDT
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

The 83rd San Francisco Boat Race dinner celebrates the 164th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. Taking the form of a College Feast at an Oxbridge College, it is the one occasion each year when the alumni of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge convene for a large-scale event in northern California. Alumni, students, academic visitors and former employees of either university are invited to attend, along with their spouses, partners and guests. The evening is held in the elegant ambience of the University Club atop Nob Hill in the heart of San Francisco.

Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco, will be the distinguished guest speaker. Perloff's tenure at ACT has been marked by the creation of a new core company of actors; revitalization of the acclaimed ACT Master of Fine Arts Program; receipt of the 1996 Jujamcyn Theaters Award, honoring ACT's efforts to develop creative talent for the theater; a series of international collaborations, including The Virtual Stage and Electric Company Theatre's multi-media adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, Robert Wilson and Tom Waits' The Black Rider, Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling's The Overcoat, and Kneehigh Theatre's Brief Encounter; and the American premieres of plays by Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter. After 25 years as Artistic Director, Perloff will retire after ACT's current season to pursue her freelance and writing career. A recipient of France’s Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the National Corporate Theatre Fund's 2007 Artistic Achievement Award, Perloff received a BA Phi Beta Kappa in classics and comparative literature from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Fellow at Oxford University. Perloff is the author of Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater (City Lights, March 2015).

Cocktails are at 5.30pm and dinner will be served at 7.15pm. The Boat Race video will be played before dinner at 6.15pm and again after dinner.

Dress code - Black Tie or Boat Club Blazer Preferred

Booking information

If you would like to attend, please book using the link below. RSVP by March 24th, 2018 - but please book early because space is limited

Special rates are available for bookings made by Saturday 3 March. Due to limited space, please note there is a limit of one accompanying guest for each Oxford or Cambridge alumnus/na.

If you have difficulty booking online, please visit, print the flyer and mail it with a check to the Treasurer, Alex Driskill-Smith. For other queries about payment, email.

$98 - $108 per person


The University Club of San Francisco
800 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States