Boat Race 2017: Start time, course, Cambridge vs Oxford crews, TV and betting odds

tom dutton

Thousands will again cram onto the banks of the Thames as the 163rd Boat Race between Cambridge and Oxford takes place this afternoon.

The annual battle first took place in 1829 and and sets the two university boat clubs against each other in a four-and-a-quarter-mile race to the finish line near Chiswick Bridge.

The Championship Course has been the setting for the head-to-head for over 170 years and stretches from Putney to Mortlake, with the crews travelling east to west past Hammersmith and towards Richmond.

Cambridge, who beat the Italian national crew in preparation for the 2017 race, won by two-and-a-half lengths last year, ending a run of three wins on the spin for the Oxford crew.

Organisers have confirmed the race will go ahead after a World War Two bomb was removed from near the starting line.

Ben Ruble and Lance Tredell are the only members of the winning Cambridge crew set to race again in 2017.

Here's what you need to know ahead of the race...


The 2017 Boat Race will take place on Sunday, April 2. The women's race gets under way at 4.35pm and the men's race follows the same route an hour later at 5.35pm.


Both races will be shown live on BBC1, with Clare Balding hosting the coverage. You can also follow the action live on Standard Sport. Click here for more information.

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Cambridge extended their overall lead to 82-79 last year, while there has been one dead heat in the competition's history (1877)


The clubs' presidents toss a coin at the start of the race to determine who will take up which station. The Middlesex station, nearest the river's northern bank, is advantageous at the beginning and end of the race, while the middle section plays into the hands of the crew occupying the Surrey (south) station.


Cambridge University

Ben Ruble (bow), 87.3 kg

Freddie Davidson, 81.9 kg

James Letten, 106.5 kg

Tim Tracey, 97.4 kg

Aleksander Malowany, 94.4 kg

Patrick Eble, 90.4 kg

Lance Tredell, 94.3 kg

Henry Meek (stroke), 95.4 kg

Hugo Ramambason (cox), 55.3 kg

Oxford University

William Warr (bow), 94.2 kg

Matthew O’Leary, 74.8 kg

Oliver Cook, 91.7 kg

Joshua Bugajski, 99.2 kg

Olivier Siegelaar, 101.2 kg

Michael DiSanto, 89.9 kg

James Cook, 84 kg

Vassilis Ragoussis (stroke), 86.6 kg

Sam Collier (cox) 59.8 kg


Odds (via 888Sport)

Oxford 2/5

Cambridge 9/5

Dead heat 100/1

Odds correct on April 2 at 9am