2012 will be remembered as one of the most eventful boat races in history. The 158th race saw Cambridge win the toss and choose the Surrey station. Oxford took an early quarter length lead, which the Cambridge crew then chipped away at with remarkable determination.
In a dramatic turn of events, with the boats drawing level, a swimmer brought the race to a standstill between the two and three mile markers. A 31 minute stoppage ensued, undoubtedly changing the race immeasurably for all involved. Soon after a restart at the two mile marker a clash of oars saw Oxford come off worse, effectively leaving them a man down for the rest of the race, which Cambridge went on to win by four and a quarter lengths.
A further dramatic development came when, at the end of the race, Oxford’s bow had to be lifted from the boat having collapsed. After a worrying wait all were relieved to hear that he was stable, and has since recovered well.
The excitement for the day was still far from over though as on return to the boat house the Cambridge coach, Steve Trapmore MBE, and President, Dave Nelson, were presented with a bottle of The Cambridge Distillery’s 2012 Boat Race Blend gin.
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