Oxford beat Cambridge for the sixth time in seven years to win the final Women’s Boat Race at Henley. The Dark Blue crew won the race, held over 2,000m on a straight course, by four lengths in five minutes and 50 seconds.
From 2015, the event will be staged on the same day and course, along the River Thames, as the men’s competition, which this year takes place on 6 April. The rest of Henley Boat Races between the two universities will be continued to be held on the Henley course next year.
This year was the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Henley Boat Races with the first lightweight men’s boat race. The riverbanks were packed yesterday with supporters, enjoying the races and the sunshine. As well as the Newton pavillion serving refreshments and offering children’s entertainment, St Nicholas Church, Remenham were doing a roaring trade in afternoon tea and homemade cake.
The results of the other races were…
Wadham College Oxford’s women and the Downing College Cambridge men won their intercollegiate races before the main races of the afternoon.
After that the only win for the Light Blues was by the Cambridge lightweight men, who defeated their Oxford counterparts for the fourth time in six years. The women’s reserves race was won by Oxford after some clashing and a rejected protest from Cambridge, and the lightweight women’s race was also taken by the Dark Blues, although not until an obscure appeal had been resolved in Oxford’s favour by reweighing both coxes.
A Cambridge supporter thought that their crews would fare better – they covered the Henley Town signage on the bridge with a large sheet saying ‘Welcome to Light Blue Henley!’ Better luck next year Light Blues.