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Oxford v Cambridge — Gemini University Boat Race 2025

The Gemini Boat Race
Where? River Thames, Between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge When? 13th April 2025 The women's race is scheduled to start at 1.21 PM The men's race is scheduled to start at 2.21 PM Price? Free to watch from the riverside · See Buses: 190, 533 Bus fares Trains: Chiswick, Mortlake Train fares

The University Boat Race is one of the world's oldest amateur sporting events, having run its inaugural race way back in 1829.

The course is 4.25 miles long and is timed to start 1 1/2 hours before the incoming high tide. This allows the crews to row with the fastest possible current.

Start of the race on Putney EmbankmentPhoto:

Last year saw Cambridge beat Oxford by a commanding 3 1/2 lengths, extending their overall lead to 87-81. They also walked away with the women's title by a massive 7 lengths, increasing their lead to 48-30.

Start of the race at Putney Bridge

The race begins a few metres west of Putney Bridge (close to Putney Bridge tube station).

Start of the race on Putney EmbankmentPhoto:
Start of the race on Putney Embankment

If you stand near Putney Embankment then you'll be able to view the coin toss and cheer the crews as they take to the water.

Further up the course by Bishops Park is where you'll find some food stalls, family attractions and a beer tent behind the South Stand of Fulham's Craven Cottage. They usually erect a big TV as well so you can watch the later stages of the race.

The South Stand at Fulham's Craven CottagePhoto:
The South Stand at Fulham's Craven Cottage

Halfway point at Hammersmith Bridge

After approx 6m 20s (7m 6s for the women) they'll reach the halfway point at Hammersmith Bridge where the bend of the river really starts to favour one side over the other.

The cox's like to aim for the second lamppost from the left as they pass under the span, and if your team is leading here then the chances are they'll carry on to win.

The halfway point at Hammersmith BridgePhoto:
The halfway point at Hammersmith Bridge

The closest tube stations to this section are Hammersmith and Ravenscourt Park, and they usually set up another big TV on the north bank, at the very top of the bend.

Barnes Bridge to the finish

The boats will then pass a small nature reserve on an uninhabited island where they'll do battle with the rough water, before passing under Barnes Bridge and following the river as it sweeps tightly round towards Mortlake.

Approaching the finish at Chiswick BridgePhoto:
Approaching the finish at Chiswick Bridge

If your team is holding the inside line here then they'll have an almost unassailable advantage as they head towards the finish.

The race comes to an end just before Chiswick Bridge -- look for a post in the water level with The Ship pub. The men's record is 16m 19s held by Cambridge. They also hold the women's record of 18m 33s.

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