Some highlights :
- Each year, the loser of the previous year's event challenges the winner to a new race.
- In the early years of the Boat Race, the crews wore no distinguishing colours.
However, in 1836 Oxford selected dark blue , the colour of their stroke-man's college (Christ Church), and Cambridge adopted the "duck egg blue" of Eton.
- Seven million people in the UK are expected to watch the race on television, worldwide more than 500 million people will follow the race.
- In 1981 Sue Brown became the first woman to participate in the Boat Race (cox).
- Three time Olympic gold medal winner Matthew Pinsent rowed for Oxford in 1990, 1991 and 1993.
- In the history of the race there has been one dead heat. "Honest John" Phelps, the judge on the finish, was asleep under a bush as the crews arrived. When awakened and asked the result, he said "Dead heat to Oxford by four feet"
Oxford won the 152nd Boat Race in 2006