Defeat on the Thames but Light Blues triumph in cycling, sailing and lightweight rowing

Defeat on the Thames but Light Blues triumph in cycling, sailing and lightweight rowing

  • 2015 Cambridge women rowers on the Thames - image by Cambridge News
    2015 Cambridge women rowers on the Thames

Image by Cambridge News

Victory was denied the openweight men and women's boats on Saturday but there's good news - our sailors and cyclists cleaned up in two British University championships over the weekend.

All four Cambridge Blue Boats were beaten by their Oxford rivals during the races on the Tideway. Both first boats came in six and a half lengths behind the Dark Blues on 11 April when Goldie lost to Isis and the previous day Blondie was beaten by Osiris.

It was however a historic day, with the women's first boats racing from Putney to Mortlake for the first time on the same course on the same day as the men, as Roger Mosey, Master of Selwyn College, pointed out on Twitter. 

Well done, Oxford - and the Cambridge women who made history in the Boat Race. The event matters more than the result today.


Helena Morrissey (Fitzwilliam 1984), CEO of title sponsor Newton Investment Management, said it was "not only a pivotal moment in the history of this iconic British sporting event, but also a breakthrough for diversity in sport more widely".

Both races were broadcast live on BBC1, with alumna Clare Balding (Newnham 1990) presenting, and viewing figures were high.

Philip Bernie, the BBC’s head of TV Sport, said: “We're really pleased with the figures for the boat races. Over six million for the men’s race, just under five million for the women’s race, and an average audience of over four million watching throughout all point to sustained interest in the event; and in particular highlight the success of rowing both races on the Thames on the same day."

Elsewhere, in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) 10-mile cycling time trials, Cambridge University Cycling Club's men and women's A teams won the team golds with Edmund Bradbury (Jesus 2011) and Hayley Simmonds (Newnham 2006) coming in first in their respective heats.

Light Blue sailors also performed strongly in the British Universities Sailing Championships finals at the weekend at Notts County Sailing Club with Cambridge beating Oxford into second place.

Cambridge's lightweight rowers also won their races a week ago at the 2015 Henley Boat Races. The women's lightweight crew held Oxford off to cross the line three feet ahead while the men won by four feet.

In the Singapore alumni boat race, held on 11 April for the first time since its inauguration in 1997, the Light Blues won all three head-to-head fixtures: men's, women's and mixed. More than a dozen alumni groups host Boat Races events across three continents, from casual brunches to formal dinners.

More from the Boat Races

Cambridge rowers training VERY early in the morning