FYI: Don’t Attend a Boating Race in England

Posted: March 31, 2009 by Jessie Assimon in VAULT -- archives
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In America we have Super Bowl Sunday. In England they have the Oxford versus Cambridge boat race.

A tradition since 1829, once a year the rowing teams from Oxford University and Cambridge University meet on The Thames River one Sunday in March to race. I attended this race on March 29. You might think that an event that that draws up to 250,000 spectators drinking alcohol left and right would be fun. However, this event is the opposite of fun, it was downright boring.

Cambridge takes a lead on Oxford. They're just as bored with the race as I was.

Cambridge takes a lead on Oxford. They're just as bored with the race as I was.

I heard that the royalty attended this event, that woman wear big hats (think Kentucky Derby head gear) and fancy dresses. However, all I saw were men dressed in their preppiest attire (collared shirts, v-neck sweaters and blazers), while women wore anything from casual dresses to sweat pants. But the biggest letdown had to be that Prince William was nowhere in sight.

Booze was plentiful at the boat race. Practically everyone had a cup filled with his or her ale of choice. However, these Brits, especially the men, acted as preppy British men would: properly. Therefore, I didn’t see any drunks proclaiming their team spirit; in fact the only people I noticed as slightly intoxicated were females.

Once the race started the Brits merely clapped. Yes, all they did was clap. They boozed up all day to look at boats on a river and clap. I don’t know about you, but I find this pretty lame.

Foreigners may think our Super Bowl parties are strange, but let me tell you nothing is lamer than the supposed huge party of the Oxford versus Cambridge boat race.

~ Jessie Assimon

Comments
  1. Katie says:

    Wooo partay! Too bad I missed that jem.

  2. jjassimon says:

    Katie, you didn’t miss much. PS: stop being MIA!

  3. Liam says:

    Sounds about right for a British sporting event that’s not soccer

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