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The 11 April 2015 saw the men’s and women’s Oxford crews row to victory on the River Thames for the 161st BNY Mellon Boat Races.

Thousands of spectators lined the banks and lengths of the bridges to see months of dedicated training and preparation reach its pinnacle, as the Oxford and Cambridge competitors took to the start line in London. A landmark year for the iconic race, this was the first time in the event’s history that the women’s crew competed on the same day as the men’s.

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The women’s Newton teams were the first to race in this historic year. On choppy water, the Oxford crew set off strongly to beat Cambridge with a 6 ½ length win in a time of 19 minutes 45 seconds.

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Next up were the men’s teams, who took to the water an hour after the women’s crews and gained another victory for Oxford. The Oxford men’s crew passed the finish line with a time of 17 minutes 36 seconds, beating Cambridge by six lengths in a third year’s successive win for Oxford. Hunter would like to congratulate the crews, competing at this year’s event, who yet again demonstrated the skill, dedication and talent, for which the race has become known the world over.

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As official partner to the event, Hunter boots are worn each year to wade to the boats at the start of the race and are thrown onto the banks, as the rowers make their journey into the river. The boots, bearing the colours and emblems of the university boat clubs, this year for the first time are available to shop online and at our flagship store on Regent Street.

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