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113th Boat Race
Date 30 March 1967 (1967-03-30)
Winner Oxford
Margin of victory 3 and 1/4 lengths
Winning time 18 minutes 52 seconds
Overall record
Umpire G. D. Clapperton
Other races
Reserve winner Goldie
Women's winner Cambridge

The 113th Boat Race took place on 30 March 1967. Held annually, the event is a side-by-side rowing race between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge along the River Thames. The race was won by Oxford by three-and-a-quarter-lengths. Goldie won the reserve race while Cambridge won the Women's Boat Race.


The Boat Race is a side-by-side rowing competition between the University of Oxford (sometimes referred to as the "Dark Blues")[1] and the University of Cambridge (sometimes referred to as the "Light Blues").[1] The race was first held in 1829, and since 1845 has taken place on the 4.2-mile (6.8 km) Championship Course on the River Thames in southwest London.[2][3] The rivalry is a major point of honour between the two universities, followed throughout the United Kingdom and broadcast worldwide.[4][5] Oxford went into the race as reigning champions, having won the previous year's race by three-and-three-quarter lengths. Cambridge, however, held the overall lead with 61 victories to Oxford's 50 (excluding the "dead heat" of 1877).[6][7]

The first Women's Boat Race took place in 1927, but did not become an annual fixture until the 1960s. Until 2014, the contest was conducted as part of the Henley Boat Races, but as of the 2015 race, it is held on the River Thames, on the same day as the men's main and reserve races.[8] The reserve race, contested between Oxford's Isis boat and Cambridge's Goldie boat has been held since 1965. It usually takes place on the Tideway, prior to the main Boat Race.[7]

The race was umpired by George Douglas "Jock" Clapperton who had coxed Oxford in the 1923 and 1924 races as well as umpiring in the 1959 boat race.[9][10][11]

Cambridge's coaching team included Norman Addison (rowed for Cambridge in the 1939 race), James Crowden (1951 and 1952 races), David Jennens (1949, 1950 and 1951 races), Mike Muir-Smith (1964 race), Mike Nicholson (non-rowing boat club president for the 1947 race), J. R. Owen (1959 and 1960 races) and M. Wolfson while Oxford's comprised Hugh "Jumbo" Edwards (rowed for Oxford in the 1926 and 1930 races) and Ronnie Howard (1957 and 1959 races).[12]


The Cambridge crew weighed an average of 13 st 11 lb (87.3 kg), 1.75 pounds (0.8 kg) per rower more than their opponents.[13] Oxford's crew containing three former Blues in Martin Kennard, Chris Freeman and Jock Mullard, while Cambridge saw bow-man Lindsay Henderson and Patrick Delafield return.[13] Oxford's American number four, Josh Jensen, was the heaviest oarsman in the history of the race at 15 st 4 lb (96.8 kg).[14] The former Cambridge Blue Donald Legget, writing in The Observer suggested that the Light Blue crew was "possibly their fastest ever", but nevertheless predicted a two-length victory for Oxford.[14]

Seat Oxford
University of Cambridge coat of arms.svg
Name College Weight Name College Weight
Bow J. R. Bockstoce (P) St Edmund Hall 14 st 0 lb L. M. Henderson Selwyn 13 st 5 lb
2 M. S. Kennard St Edmund Hall 13 st 0 lb C. D. C. Challis Selwyn 13 st 6 lb
3 C. H. Freeman Keble 14 st 0 lb R. D. Yarrow Lady Margaret Boat Club 13 st 9 lb
4 J. E. Jensen New College 15 st 4 lb G. C. M. Leggett St Catharine's 13 st 3 lb
5 J. K. Mullard Keble 14 st 0 lb P. G. R. Delafield (P) Jesus 14 st 9 lb
6 C. I. Blackwall Keble 13 st 6 lb N. J. Hornsby Trinity Hall 14 st 9 lb
7 D. Topolski New College 11 st 13 lb D. F. Earl Lady Margaret Boat Club 13 st 11 lb
Stroke P. G. Saltmarsh Keble 14 st 0 lb R. N. Winckless Fitzwilliam 13 st 9 lb
Cox P. D. Miller St Catherine's 9 st 6 lb W. R. Lawes Pembroke 8 st 13 lb
(P) – Boat club president[16]


The Championship Course along which the Boat Race is contested

Oxford won the toss for the third successive year and elected to start from the Surrey station, handing the Middlesex side of the river to Cambridge.[13] The race commenced at 1.17pm.[11] Despite the conditions favouring the Light Blues, Oxford were ahead from the start and led by two seconds the Mile Post in a record-equalling time of 3 minutes 47 seconds. According to Legget, Cambridge "were untidy and rather rushed".[11] Near Harrods Furniture Depository, the crews nearly clashed oars, but Oxford held firm and reached Hammersmith Bridge with a three-second lead. Rounding the corner, Cambridge chose to stay on the tide, while Oxford headed for shelter towards the Surrey shore. The Light Blues reduced the lead marginally but by Chiswick Steps, Oxford were six seconds ahead and moved back to the Middlesex shore, with Cambridge resolute in midstream. Oxford briefly left the shelter of the shoreline to shoot Barnes Bridge through the centre arch, before heading back, with a lead of eight seconds. Despite pushing their rating to 36 strokes per minute, Cambridge could not reduce the deficit, and as Oxford accelerated to a rating of 38, they passed the finishing post three-and-a-half lengths ahead, in a time of 18 minutes 52 seconds.[13][17] It was the first time in 54 years that Oxford had won three consecutive Boat Races.[17] Upon the conclusion of the race, the Oxford boat club president Mullard hailed his coaches from the boat: "Thanks Ronnie, thanks Jumbo".[18]

In the reserve race, Cambridge's Goldie beat Oxford's Isis by two lengths and five seconds, their inaugural victory on the third running of the contest, in a time of 19 minutes 11 seconds.[7][17] In the 22nd running of the Women's Boat Race, Cambridge triumphed, their fifth consecutive victory.[7]



  • Burnell, Richard (1979). One Hundred and Fifty Years of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. Precision Press. ISBN 0950063878. 
  • Dodd, Christopher (1983). The Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race. Stanley Paul. ISBN 0091513405. 


  1. ^ a b "Dark Blues aim to punch above their weight". The Observer. 6 April 2003. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Smith, Oliver (25 March 2014). "University Boat Race 2014: spectators' guide". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Course". The Boat Race Company Limited. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Former Winnipegger in winning Oxford–Cambridge Boat Race crew". CBC News. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "TV and radio". The Boat Race Company Limited. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Classic moments – the 1877 dead heat". The Boat Race Company Limited. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Men – Results". The Boat Race Company Limited. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "A brief history of the Women's Boat Race". The Boat Race Company Limited. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Burnell, pp. 49, 71–72
  10. ^ "MC:P37/P1 Photograph Album". Magdalen College, Oxford. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c Legget, Donald (26 March 1967). "Cambridge are crushed by power display". The Observer. p. 16. 
  12. ^ Burnell, pp. 96–111
  13. ^ a b c d Burnell, p. 81
  14. ^ a b Legget, Donald (19 March 1967). "Both the crews are tough and heavy". The Observer. p. 18. 
  15. ^ Dodd, p. 342
  16. ^ Burnell, pp. 51–52
  17. ^ a b c Burnell, Richard (27 March 1967). "Doubts dispelled at Chiswick Steps". The Times (56899). p. 14. 
  18. ^ Baker, Stanley (27 March 1967). "Oxford's mastery soon established". The Guardian. p. 10. 

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