Bumps charts from 1980 to date.
2010: 156th BOAT RACE - Cambridge by 1 1/3 lengths. Oxford 75, Cambridge 80. See Boat Race 2010s
2010: HEAD OF THE RIVER - Christ Church
2010: WOMEN'S HEAD OF THE RIVER -Balliol
Wolfson College Bump, 2010
2011: 157th BOAT RACE - Oxford by 4 lengths. Oxford 76, Cambridge 80. See Boat Race 2010s
2011: HEAD OF THE RIVER - Oriel
2011: WOMEN'S HEAD OF THE RIVER - Balliol
2012: 158th BOAT RACE - Cambridge won, no time taken. Oxford 76, Cambridge 81. See Boat Race 2010s
Oxford made the better start though they were warned several times for coming over towards Cambridge. Cambridge slowly settled and held them and even caught up a little on the outside of the first bend.
It was turning into a most impressive battle with Cambridge just holding Oxford, with Oxford probably better placed to win - until 10 minutes and 40 seconds into the race when Matthew Pinsent, assistant umpire, spotted a swimmer in the water ahead of Oxford. The umpire stopped the race with only a few feet to spare before the swimmer who ducked under Oxford's strokeside blades. With both crews easied the following launches had to do emergency stops and created a great deal of wash. Assuming the swimmer knew what he was doing he was relying on the race being stopped otherwise the following launches could well have killed him.
Both crews then had to spin and go back below Chiswick Eyot. This all took some time as the following launches had to turn and pass the crews and reform below them. On turning again and approaching the restart the Cambridge cox probably decided that the wash was too high and turned back downstream in order to give the wash time to subside. Oxford followed suit.
The Umpire and the coxes did a magnificent job on restarting the race when eventually the crews returned. Oxford probably made a better restart but pushed over towards Cambridge and were warned two or three times before a clash occurred and Oxford six lost the entire blade section of his oar. Oxford appealed to the umpire to stop the race which he refused to do, so the race continued with Cambridge naturally taking the lead and opening up to about five lengths at the finish.
The Umpire confirmed that the result stood. He was asked about his decision and pointed out that the rules say 'a crew must abide by its accidents'. In other words that damage which occurs to a boat does not affect the result unless it was caused by the fault of the other crew. Cambridge he decided were in their right position and Oxford were being warned at the time - so the damage to the Oxford boat was not Cambridge's fault. The race therefore could continue. The Oxford cox claimed that the wash affected her steering and prevented her moving away from Cambridge. Only she could tell if that was so. The wash was certainly still significant at that point.
On the finish the Oxford bow man lay back horizontally in his seat and eventually after a minute or two it was realised that there was a medical emergency and he was taken up into a launch and given medical treatment. Dr Alexander Woods was reported to be sitting up and responding to treatment. He was taken to Charing Cross Hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery. Meanwhile the presentation was cancelled.
What a race! It must be recorded as a Cambridge win - but many will sympathise with Oxford. The umpire and the Cambridge cox did magnificent jobs. Who knows what the result of a fair race between those two crews would be?
There was too much wash. The Umpire's boat was a relatively low wash catamaran. The Henley type launches made their usual contribution, but following them were some larger boats with altogether appalling wash. The time has come to take steps to reduce that wash!
2012: HEAD OF THE RIVER - Oriel
2012: WOMEN'S HEAD OF THE RIVER - Pembroke
2013: 159th BOAT RACE - Oxford by 1 1/3 lengths. Oxford 77, Cambridge 81. See Boat Race 2010s
The Oxford boat was named Acer in memory of the Oxford cox Acer Nethercott, who took part in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 boat races and died of brain cancer a few months previously.
2013: MEN'S HEAD OF THE RIVER - Pembroke
2013: WOMEN'S HEAD OF THE RIVER - St John's
2014: 160th BOAT RACE - Oxford by 11 lengths. Oxford 78, Cambridge 81. See Boat Race 2010s
The favourites Oxford won the toss and chose Surrey. They led off the start, but the less experienced Cambridge crew fought back and took a lead of a few feet. After five minutes Oxford came back and took half a length.
Cambridge fought hard until Oxford's 7 blade just caught Cambridge's 2 blade and flipped it over, causing a classic crab which unseated the Cambridge 2 and nearly threw him out of the boat, breaking the rigger.
After this it just became a procession as Cambridge lost their sparkle and slowly fell behind with 2 unable to contribute much.
Cambridge went through the motions of appealing but the umpire Richard Phelps explained -
I was concerned where Oxford were, so I warned Oxford and they moved immediately. A second later I was happy where the crews were but I then saw the Cambridge bow just twitch-in towards Oxford, so I warned Cambridge. The next thing there was a slight contact but the impact was great. Cambridge's view was that when the foul occurred Oxford were not on their station. From my perspective Oxford were on their proper station; quite clearly. Contact could only have been in neutral water or at the worst Cambridge were off their station. I advised Cambridge I was overruling their appeal.
I think it was a coxing incident which can hardly have changed the final result -
Cambridge had already shot their bolt and the more experienced Oxford crew had responded already
and were in a position to take the advantage of the coming bends.
I reckon Oxford would have won by 2 or 3 lengths if that incident had not occurred.
2014: MEN'S HEAD OF THE RIVER - Oriel (fantastic video of Oriel bumping Pembroke)
2014: WOMEN'S HEAD OF THE RIVER - Wadham (Charts)
2014: No Torpids due to high river flow [ The last Torpids 2013 chart ]
2015: BOAT RACES
It has been announced that the Women's Boat Race, previously held at Henley a week or so before the Men's Boat Race, will from 2015, be held on the same day over the same course.
In 1866 PUNCH produced this cartoon -
Boat-Race of the Future - Drifting Down to the Start-Point
[ NOT YET UPDATED! ]
After the 2014 BOAT RACE, after one hundred and sixty races, the overall tally is: Oxford 78, Cambridge 81 (and one dead heat)
The lead in the Overall Tally of Boat Race Wins has only changed hands three times in all those years.
Scores were equal in 1836, 1863 and 1929.
Oxford won the 1829 first race.
Cambridge led from 1839 to 1862. Oxford led from 1864 to 1928. Cambridge led from 1930 to today.
1829 - 1863 - - - - - - - - - - - 1929 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2014|
LEAD IN CUMULATIVE WINS: Oxford dark blue, Cambridge light blue
IN TWO OUT OF EVERY THREE BOAT RACES THE WINNER IS LAST YEAR'S WINNER!
THE HEAVIER CREW HAS WON 8 OUT OF THE LAST 11 BOAT RACES
SO FAR THE CREWS HAVE RACED FOR SOME 685 MILES IN ABOUT 53 hours and 5 minutes
THE CAMBRIDGE LEAD IS ABOUT 103 LENGTHS (1.9 seconds or 2/3 length per race)
See Boat Race 2010s and my spreadsheet