Video: Pearson & Oxford Defeat Cambridge

April 13, 2015

At the recent Newton Women’s Boat Race, Bermudian rower Shelley Pearson and her Oxford University Women’s Rowing teammates worked their way to victory in the annual event, defeating rival Cambridge on the River Thames in London.

The race report says, “For the first minute Cambridge stayed on terms with the lighter Oxford crew, but the power and precision of the Dark Blues soon told as they eased away to a canvas advantage passing the Town Buoy.

“A lead of 3 lengths at Hammersmith Bridge turned into 4 by Chiswick Steps through the rough conditions, and as Cambridge tired Oxford looked more relaxed, sitting at a steady 32 for the rest of the Race as they pulled further away.”

Cambridge vs. Oxford Boat Race 2015 [commentary in German]:

“By the finish Oxford had pulled out to a 6 ½ length victory in a time of 19 minutes 45 seconds.”

According to the race’s website, “The Boat Race is an annual contest between two rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities.

“The Race takes place close to Easter each year on the River Thames in West London between Putney and Mortlake.

“The first race took place in 1829 in Henley on Thames following a challenge between old school friends. Since the second race in 1836 the contest has taken place in London.”

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  1. Michael Swain says:

    Congratulations to Shelley Pearson on yet another world-class performance. First as a Junior WORLD Champion, then stroking (leading) the Harvard Varsity eight and now as the Boat Race champion. Making history as the first women’s race to compete over the same grueling distance as the men’s race. Shelley is a great inspiration for all young athletes in Bermuda.

    As founder of the Bermuda Rowing Association 10 years ago the mission has been to spread this wonderful fun sport in the community.

  2. Yes sir, give credit where credit is due…Congratulation Ms. Shelley Pearson / teammates on their accomplishments thus-far.