THE last ever Oxford versus Cambridge Women’s Boat Race to be rowed at Henley was won by Oxford University for the second successive year.
Cambridge took the early lead over the 2,000 metre course before Oxford established the stronger rhythm and overhauled the opposition within two minutes.
Cambridge, with five returning Blues from last year’s race on board, were eager to avenge last year’s defeat. But Oxford were boating an international line-up that included Liz Fenje, the Canadian lightweight sculler, as well as Anastasia Chitty and Amber deVere, two former GB junior world silver medallists.
Once Oxford were in the lead they dominated and despite a series of pushes from Cambridge, went on to win by four lengths.
Thanks to their earlier dominance of the annual race Cambridge still have a significant lead in the series whose history goes back to the origins of the event in 1927.