The Women’s Boat Races

The Blue Boat Race

CUWBC won the 2017 Women’s Boat Race beating Oxford by 11 lengths and setting a strong new course record of 18:34. Read the full race report here.

The 2016 Women’s Boat Race provided a mixture of close racing and drama with the image of the Cambridge Women rowing through sinking conditions very quickly being shared around the world. Read the full story of the 2016 Blue Boat Race here.


In 2015, for the first time, the Women’s Boat Race was staged on the same day and over the same distance as the world famous (men’s) University Boat Race, on the 6.8km Championship Course from Putney to Mortlake, in London. The race attracted 4.8million viewers in the UK alone, and 250,000 spectators lined the banks of the Thames.


Aside from the course itself, with its challenging conditions and punishing distance, the format of the race elementally distinguishes it from any other racing opportunity. It is not a multi-lane race with a medal for second place. It is not a regatta where a crew can learn from their mistakes in the previous round. The Cambridge Boat Race crews train for one race, on one day. The stakes are high. This is what makes the Boat Race so brilliant and so unique.


As of 2018, Cambridge 43 wins v Oxford 30 wins


Blondie vs. Osiris Boat Race

Moments after the 2017 Blue Boat set the new record with a 11 length win, Blondie crossed the line 13 lengths ahead of Osiris to win the 2017 Women’s Reserve Race. Full story here.

The Women’s Reserve Race moved to the Tideway in 2015 and in 2016 it was raced on the same day as the Blue Boat. The 2016 Blondie crew became the first female Cambridge crew to win on the Tideway when they beat Osiris by 3 lengths.

The name given to the CUWBC crew was in honour of Debbie Harry’s 1970’s band – Blondie. The first Varsity Reserve Race took place in 1975 at Henley.


As of 2018, Cambridge 22 wins v Oxford 19 wins