My dad was always a firm Oxford Fan … my dear mum always used to support Cambridge - the event was a great family time to share, cheer, commiserate but it was always a time when we were together and for some reason no other sporting event had quite the same effect. I’ve never stopped to analyse why this was. Dear Mum and Dad are no longer with us, but I just know they will be looking down on Sunday 26th March 2023 as this years boat race is due to start ... and the family will have so many fond memories of years gone by.
Will the water of the River Thames be calm or choppy? Will it be Oxford or Cambridge who takes the coveted 168th title? I hope the stretch of water between Putney and Mortlake will see a great race. The first race took place on 10th June 1829 in Henley on Thames, following a challenge between old school friends, since the second race in 1836 the contest has always taken place in London, except during Covid when it took place 'behind closed doors' in Ely, Cambridgeshire. So many followers (estimated 250,000) do flock to the River Thames with their families to be part of the event and to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, while more than 5 million people watch the event on television.
for Oxford above
and Cambridge below
* post edit Cambridge won the 2023 boat race *
After the Boat Race I think we may enjoy
Classic Roast Chicken and Gravy
a family favourite, more details here
~ Enjoy your Sunday ~
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All the best Jan
Um abraço e bom Domingo.
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Oh my gosh I have seen those races and have heard of Oxford and Cambridge on movies - so exciting you live there and can see them personally.
...this is becoming popular here with high schools.
While the boat races would hold less excitement for me as for you and your family, that roast chicken looks delicious and was sure to be enjiyed afterwards, Jan.
A wonderful tradition!
Watching the boat race sounds like a fun time for the family.
The chicken dinner looks yummy too. Take care, have a wonderful week!
Fun memories and a Sunday chicken dinner is perfect. Here in Boston we have a boat race, The Head of the Charles Regatta with crews from all over the world competing. Takes place in October. I'm not sure we'll here the results of The Boat Race so let us know who won.
Boston has similar boat races ~ great times for your family ~
Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
Yes, we enjoyed "sculling" as well...There is an area on the Schuylkill River just out side of Philadelphia, Pa called "Boathouse Row"...There may be 10-12 boathouses housing racing sculls from the local colleges and maybe some privately owned ones..(It's been a while..)..Always decorated for special events and holidays.Lit up at night.
May the best win!
Fun activity, those family gatherings are treasures in life. Have fun!
Such rivalry, such fun, the boat race is a great tradition.
already? it's still so wintery outside - I hope they have calm water and a sunny day for it :)
My mother, an Oxford graduate, always supported her home team.
Cambridge won the Boat Race
All the best Jan
I love roasted chicken. Afterwards, I like to cut up and save anything left over, if there was anything. It makes a great sandwich for the next day.
Those draw attention.
Felicidades para Cambridge. Besos.
I love the idea that your family makes a day out of the boat races, even if you aren't all together. Hope the best team won-just trying to not be partial-smile.
Esperó que lo pasaras bien. Te deseo una buen semana y gracias por la receta.
There is lake in Oregon where a row team practice.
Coffee is on and stay safe.
Nice memories there and it's good that the family keep the tradition of watching the races.
Yes always an event to watch.
Interesting info about such Great tradition since 1829! I also like the roasted chicken :-)
Have a nice week !
I used to like watching the boat race when I grew up in London - fun memories! Valerie
how nice your father liked and enjoyed the boat race as well :)
hugs and blessings
I'd not even heard of these races. Fun to learn something new!
All I have seen are canoe races in our little town, I bet those are even more exciting :)
The chicken sure does look good
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