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The Harvard–Yale Regatta
Contested by
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Harvard Yale
Information
First boat race August 3, 1852
Annual event since July 26, 1859
Current champion Harvard
Downstream record Harvard, 18:22.4 (1980)
Upstream record Harvard, 18:41.9 (1995)
Course Thames River,
New London, Connecticut
Course length 4 miles (6.4 km)
Trophy The Sexton Cup, The F. Valentine Chappell Trophy, The New London Cup, The James Snider Cup, and The Hoyt C. Pease and Robert Chappell Jr. Trophy
Number of wins
Harvard Yale
95 54

The Harvard–Yale Regatta or Harvard-Yale Boat Race (often abbreviated The Race) is an annual rowing race between the men's heavyweight rowing crews of Harvard University and Yale University. First contested in 1852, it has been held annually since 1859 except during major wars fought by the United States, The Race is America's oldest collegiate athletic competition, pre-dating The Game by 23 years.

Originally rowed on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, it has since moved to the Thames River, New London, Connecticut. Although other locations for the race have included the Connecticut River at Springfield, Massachusetts, and Lake Quinsigamond at Worcester, Massachusetts, the Thames has hosted The Race on all but five occasions since 1878 and both teams have erected permanent training camps on the Thames at Gales Ferry for Yale and at Red Top for Harvard.

The race has been exclusively between Harvard and Yale except for 1897 when the race was held as part of a three boat race with Cornell on the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, New York, where, although it lost to Cornell, Yale was deemed the winner of the Harvard–Yale race.[1][2]

History[edit]

On May 24, 1843, with the arrival of the shell Whitehall in New Haven, Yale University founded the first collegiate crew in the United States.[3] A year later, Harvard founded their boat club.[4] These boat clubs served primarily a social purpose,[4] until Yale's 1852 issuance of a challenge to Harvard "to test the superiority of the oarsmen of the two colleges".[2] The first Harvard-Yale Boat Race—and the first American intercollegiate sporting event—took place on August 3, 1852. In this two-mile (3.2 km) contest, Harvard's Oneida prevailed over Yale's Shawmut by about two lengths, with Yale's Undine finishing third.[3] The first place prize was a pair of black walnut, silver inscribed trophy oars. The trophy oars were awarded to Harvard by General Franklin Pierce who in 1853 became the 14th President of the United States of America. Today the 1852 trophy oars are the oldest intercollegiate athletic prize in North America.[5]

The race distance was increased to three miles (4.8 km) for the second rendition in 1855 and to the current four miles (6.4 km) in 1876. The Oxford–Cambridge Boat Race is the only longer side-by-side rowing event in the world, though slower stream makes the Yale–Harvard Race one to three minutes longer.[6]

"The Rock" at Bartlett's Cove during the 2010 Harvard–Yale Regatta

Originally the race was just between the varsity crews but there are now three events: the 2-mile (3.2-km) freshman race, the 3-mile (4.8-km) junior varsity race, and the 4-mile (6.4-km) varsity race.[7] The varsity crews compete for the Sexton Cup, the junior varsity for the F. Valentine Chappell Trophy, and the freshman for the New London Cup.[7] The Hoyt C. Pease and Robert Chappell Jr. Trophies are awarded to the team that wins the majority of the three races.[7]

Typically the day before the freshman, junior varsity and varsity races, there is a two-mile (3.2 km) race between the spares for both crews. These "combination" boats are made up of second freshman boat and third varsity boat rowers (i.e. the "combi" or "combo" race).[citation needed] The winner of this race gets the James P. Snider Cup, as well as the right to paint its school's colors on the "rock" at Bartlett's Cove for the next day's races.[citation needed] Currently Harvard leads the varsity series at 95–54, the second varsity (JV) at 76–37, and the freshman series at 72–39–1. Harvard also holds the upstream course record with its time of 18:41.9 in 1995. Yale's fastest upstream time (18:45.5) was also posted that year.[citation needed] The Crimson set the downstream—and Thames River course—mark of 18:22.4 in 1980.[citation needed]

Trophies[edit]

The Sexton Cup is presented to the winner of the varsity heavyweight race. The trophy is actually a combination of two former rowing trophies: The bottom is the original base of the Sexton Cup, with year-by-year results of race winners, while the upper portion retains the Yale and Harvard seals from the trophy which was awarded to the winner of the (now discontinued) graduate eights race.

The F. Valentine Chappell Trophy is presented to the winner of the second varsity heavyweight race. Previously used for a discontinued event in this regatta, it was redesignated in 1983 to be awarded to the victor in the junior varsity contest.

The New London Cup is presented to the winner of the freshman race. The city of New London donated this silver award in celebration of its bicentennial and it is inscribed with the Seal of the City of New London and engraved with a ship bearing "Mare Liberium" (Freedom of the Seas).

The Hoyt C. Pease and Robert Chappell Jr. Trophy is presented to the crews who win two or more of the varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen races. This sterling silver bowl was donated by George Pew, Yale Class of 1958, in honor of Pease and Chappell with the inscription: "Named in honor of their great contribution over four decades to the spirit and success of The Boat Race."

The James Snider Cup is awarded to the winning crew of the Combination race of the Harvard–Yale Regatta, which is held annually in New London, Connecticut. The Combination crews are typically composed of rowers from the third varsity and second freshman boats of their respective programs. Traditionally the two crews race a 2-mile (3.2-km) course the day before the Regatta, with the winning crew earning both possession of the Cup and the right to paint the large rock surface south of Bartlett's Cove—typically the most popular viewing spot for the Regatta's main events the next day—with their school's colors.

The James P. Snider Cup was dedicated in honor of James P. "Jamie Sniderman" Snider by the Yale Heavyweight Crew Class of 2005 following the Harvard–Yale Regatta held on June 11, 2005. The cup was donated in honor of Jamie's years of dedicated service to both the Yale Heavyweight Crew and the Yale Crew program as a whole. In 1995 and 1996 Jamie served as an assistant coach of the Yale Women's Crew, leading the 1995 Third Varsity to a 10–4 record. After becoming an assistant with the Men's Heavyweight squad, Jamie led the 1997 Third Varsity Crew to an undefeated season, an Eastern Sprints Gold Medal, and a victory in the Combination Race of the Harvard–Yale Regatta. Jamie's 1999 Combination crew earned the right to paint the rock as well. Currently, Jamie serves as the assistant coach of the Women's Program. In 2006 he led his Third Varsity Four to a third place finish at the Eastern Sprints, and in 2007, 2008, 2009 he coached the Varsity Four to gold medals at Eastern Sprints and a sixth, sixth and third place finish at NCAAs.

In addition to coaching Yale crews during the season, Jamie has served as caretaker of Gales Ferry, the home and training site for the Yale Men's Heavyweight Crew during preparation for the Harvard–Yale Regatta since 1878. He has also served as Director of the Yale University Community Rowing Program since its inception in the summer of 1999. Originally established as a small pilot program, the program has since grown to include over 100 youth participants annually, providing rowing opportunities for organizations such as the National Youth Sports Program, American School for the Deaf, and the Connecticut Special Olympics.

Yale Varsity bow four 2007

Results[edit]

Varsity race[edit]

  • Number of wins: Harvard, 95; Yale, 54
  • Most consecutive victories: Harvard, 18 (1963-1980)
  • Course downstream record: Harvard, 1980 – 18 min 22.4 sec; average speed 13.1 miles per hour (21.1 km/h)
  • Course upstream record: Harvard, 1995 – 18 min 41.9 sec; average speed 12.8 miles per hour (20.6 km/h)
  • Narrowest winning margin: 0.2 sec (Yale, 1914)
  • Largest winning margin: 1 min 43 sec (Harvard, 1879)
Harvard–Yale Regatta varsity race results[8][9][10][11]
No. Date Site Length
(miles)
Direction Winner Harvard
time
Yale
time
Harvard
total
Yale
total
1 August 3, 1852
1853-1854 no race
Winnipesaukee 2 Harvard (+2 lengths) 1
2 July 21, 1855 Springfield 3 Harvard 22:47 24:00 2
3 July 26, 1859 Worcester 3 Harvard 19:18 20:18 3
4 July 24, 1860 Worcester 3 Harvard 18:53 19:05.5 4
5 July 29, 1864 Worcester 3 Yale 19:43.5 19:01 4 1
6 July 28, 1865 Worcester 3 Yale 19:09 18:42.5 4 2
7 July 26, 1866 Worcester 3 Harvard 18:43.5 19:10 5 2
8 July 19, 1867 Worcester 3 Harvard 18:12.75 19:25.5 6 2
9 July 24, 1868 Worcester 3 Harvard 17:48.5 18:38.5 7 2
10 July 23, 1869 Worcester 3 Harvard 18:02 18:11 8 2
11 July 22, 1870
1871 no race[a]
Worcester 3 Harvard 20:30 (fouled)[a] 9 2
12 July 24, 1872 Springfield[b] 3 Harvard 16:57 18:13 10 2
13 July 17, 1873 Springfield[c] 3 Yale (uncertain) 16:59 10 3
14 July 18, 1874 Saratoga[d] 3 Harvard 16:56 (disabled)[b] 11 3
15 July 14, 1875 Saratoga[e] 3 Harvard 17:05 17:14.5 12 3
16 June 30, 1876 Springfield[f][g] 4 Yale 22:31 22:02 12 4
17 June 30, 1877 Springfield 4 Harvard 24:36 24:43 13 4
18 June 28, 1878 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 20:44.75 21:29 14 4
19 June 27, 1879 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 22:15 23:58 15 4
20 July 1, 1880 New London 4 Downstream Yale 25:09 24:27 15 5
21 July 1, 1881 New London 4 Downstream Yale 22:19 22:13 15 6
22 June 30, 1882 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 20:47.5 20:50.5 16 6
23 June 28, 1883 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 25:46.5 25:59 17 6
24 June 26, 1884 New London 4 Downstream Yale 20:48 20:31 17 7
25 June 26, 1885 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 25:15.5 26:30 18 7
26 July 2, 1886 New London 4 Upstream Yale 21:05 20:42 18 8
27 July 1, 1887 New London 4 Downstream Yale 23:10.5 22:56 18 9
28 June 29, 1888 New London 4 Downstream Yale 21:24 20:10 18 10
29 June 28, 1889 New London 4 Upstream Yale 21:55 21:30 18 11
30 June 27, 1890 New London 4 Downstream Yale 21:40 21:29[c] 18 12
31 June 26, 1891 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 21:23 21:57 19 12
32 July 1, 1892 New London 4 Downstream Yale 21:42.5 20:48 19 13
33 June 30, 1893 New London 4 Downstream Yale 25:15 25:01.5 19 14
34 June 28, 1894 New London 4 Downstream Yale 24:38 23:45.5 19 15
35 June 28, 1895
1896 no race
New London 4 Downstream Yale 22:05 21:30 19 16
36 June 25, 1897 Poughkeepsie 4 Yale[d] 21:00 20:44 19 17
37 June 23, 1898 New London 4 Upstream Yale[d] 24:35 24:02 19 18
38 June 29, 1899 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 20:52.5 21:13 20 18
39 June 28, 1900 New London 4 Downstream Yale 21:37.4 21:12.8 20 19
40 June 27, 1901 New London 4 Downstream Yale 23:45 23:37 20 20
41 June 26, 1902 New London 4 Downstream Yale 20:33 20:20 20 21
42 June 25, 1903 New London 4 Downstream Yale 20:29.6[h] 20:19.8 20 22
43 July 1, 1904 New London 4 Upstream Yale 22:10 21:40.5 20 23
44 June 29, 1905 New London 4 Upstream Yale 22:36 22:33.5 20 24
45 June 28, 1906 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 23:02 23:11 21 24
46 June 27, 1907 New London 4 Upstream Yale 21:13 21:10 21 25
47 June 25, 1908 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 24:10 (not taken) 22 25
48 July 11, 1909 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 21:50 22:10 23 25
49 June 30, 1910 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 20:46.5 21:04 24 25
50 June 30, 1911 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 22:44 23:40.5[e] 25 25
51 June 21, 1912 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 21:43.5 22:04 26 25
52 June 20, 1913 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 21:42 22:20 27 25
53 June 19, 1914 New London 4 Upstream Yale 21:16.2 21:16 27 26
54 June 25, 1915 New London 4 Upstream Yale 21:13.5 20:52 27 27
55 June 23, 1916
1917 no race
New London 4 Downstream Harvard 20:02 20:17 28 27
56 June 1, 1918 Derby, CT 2 Harvard 10:58 11:04 29 27
57 June 20, 1919 New London 4 Downstream Yale 21:47.6 21:42.2 29 28
58 June 25, 1920 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 23:11 23:46 30 28
59 June 24, 1921 New London 4 Downstream Yale 20:44.2 20:41 30 29
60 June 23, 1922 New London 4 Upstream Yale 22:06 21:53 30 30
61 June 22, 1923 New London 4 Downstream Yale 22:35 22:10 30 31
62 June 20, 1924 New London 4 Downstream Yale 22:11 21:58.4 30 32
63 June 19, 1925 New London 4 Upstream Yale 20:32.4 20:26 30 33
64 June 25, 1926 New London 4 Upstream Yale 20:21.6 20:14.4 30 34
65 June 24, 1927 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 22:35.1 22:39 31 34
66 June 22, 1928 New London 4 Downstream Yale 20:56 20:21.6 31 35
67 June 21, 1929 New London 4 Upstream Yale 21:39 21:20 31 36
68 June 20, 1930 New London 4 Downstream Yale 20:30.8 20:09.4 31 37
69 June 19, 1931 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 22:21 22:30 32 37
70 June 24, 1932 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 21:29 21:42 33 37
71 June 16, 1933 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 22:46.6 22:53.6 34 37
72 June 22, 1934 New London 4 Downstream Yale 20:01.6 19:51.8 34 38
73 June 22, 1935 New London 4 Upstream Yale 21:04 20:19 34 39
74 June 19, 1936 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 20:19 20:40.6 35 39
75 June 25, 1937 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 20:02 20:06.2 36 39
76 June 24, 1938 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 20:20 20:23.8 37 39
77 June 23, 1939 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 20:48.4 20:53 38 39
78 June 21, 1940 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 21:38 22:09 39 39
79 June 14, 1941 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 20:40 20:53.4 40 39
80 May 23, 1942
1943-1945 no race[11]
Derby 2 Harvard 10:09.6 10:20.8 41 39
81 June 1, 1946 Cambridge 1.75[f] Harvard 9:18 9:38 42 39
82 June 18, 1947[11] New London 4 Upstream Harvard 20:40 20:46 43 39
83 June 25, 1948 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 19:21.4 19:23 44 39
84 June 24, 1949 New London 4 Upstream Yale 19:54.2 19:52.8 44 40
85 June 23, 1950 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 21:36.4 21:37.2 45 40
86 June 22, 1951 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 21:26 21:48.8 46 40
87 June 20, 1952[i] New London 4 Upstream Yale 22:52.8 22:48.8 46 41
88 June 12, 1953 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 20:09 20:20 47 41
89 June 19, 1954 New London 4 Downstream Yale 22:02 21:58.4 47 42
90 June 17, 1955 New London 4 Upstream Yale 20:10 20:05 47 43
91 June 16, 1956 New London 4 Downstream Yale 19:47.4 19:26 47 44
92 June 15, 1957 New London 4 Upstream Yale 21:04 20:35.2 47 45
93 June 14, 1958 New London 4 Upstream Yale 22:52 22:39 47 46
94 June 13, 1959 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 19:52 20:02 48 46
95 June 18, 1960 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 19:41.2 20:08.6 49 46
96 June 17, 1961 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 22:00 22:29.5 50 46
97 June 16, 1962 New London 4 Upstream Yale 21:27 21:26 50 47
98 June 16, 1963 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 19:47 20:15 51 47
99 June 20, 1964 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 20:48.2 21:06 52 47
100 June 19, 1965 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 19:41.6 20:21 53 47
101 June 18, 1966 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:44 20:06 54 47
102 June 17, 1967 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 22:43.4 23:08.2 55 47
103 June 15, 1968 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 20:21 21:05.4 56 47
104 June 14, 1969 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:37.2 20:09.2 57 47
105 June 13, 1970 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 22:05 22:34 58 47
106 June 19, 1971 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 20:06 20:52[f] 59 47
107 June 17, 1972 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 20:34.8 20:55.3 60 47
108 June 16, 1973 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 19:52.8 20:39.3 61 47
109 May 18, 1974 Cambridge 3 Upstream Harvard 16:23 17:34 62 47
110 June 7, 1975 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 22:07 22:49 63 47
111 May 22, 1976 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 23:43.9 24:47.9 64 47
112 May 22, 1977 New London 2 Upstream Harvard 9:42.6 9:57.7 65 47
113 June 10, 1978 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 23:26 23:39 66 47
114 June 9, 1979 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:22.9 19:25.4 67 47
115 June 7, 1980 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 18:22.4 18:30.8 68 47
116 May 31, 1981 New London 4 Upstream Yale 21:39.6 21:28.6 68 48
117 June 12, 1982 New London 4 Downstream Yale 20:07.8 19:51.8 68 49
118 June 5, 1983 New London 4 Upstream Yale 21:03 20:45 68 50
119 June 3, 1984 New London 4 Upstream Yale 21:23.16 21:10 68 51
120 June 8, 1985 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:41.1 19:57.9 69 51
121 June 7, 1986 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 20:22.4 20:35 70 51
122 June 6, 1987 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 22:07 22:39.9 71 51
123 June 5, 1988 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 20:50.4 20:58.9 72 51
124 June 10, 1989 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 19:15.3 19:53.6 73 51
125 June 9, 1990 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:36.0 20:06.5 74 51
126 June 1, 1991 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 21:18.5 21:30.5 75 51
127 June 6, 1992 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 19:08.3 19:45.6 76 51
128 June 5, 1993 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:09.3 19:21.7 77 51
129 June 4, 1994 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 18:52.4 18:59.9 78 51
130 June 10, 1995 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 18:41.9 18:45.5 79 51
131 June 8, 1996 New London 4 Downstream Yale 20:08.5 20:01.9 79 52
132 June 1, 1997 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 22:06.8 22:10.3 80 52
133 June 6, 1998 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 21:32.3 21:53.7 81 52
134 June 5, 1999 New London 4 Downstream Yale 20:51.98 20:45.94 81 53
135 June 10, 2000 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:44.4 19:54.2 82 53
136 June 8, 2001 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 18:55.6 19:32.7 83 53
137 June 8, 2002 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:02.5 19:43.8 84 53
138 June 7, 2003 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 18:54.4 19:44.2 85 53
139 June 12, 2004 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 18:42.1 19:06.8 86 53
140 June 11, 2005 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:20.4 20:00.0 87 53
141 June 11, 2006 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 23:22.6 23:30.4 88 53
142 June 9, 2007 New London 4 Upstream Yale 19:58.0 19:57.5 88 54
143 June 14, 2008 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 18:54.1 19:01.6 89 54
144 June 13, 2009 New London 4 Downstream Harvard 21:25.6 21:45.1 90 54
145 May 29, 2010 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:40.3 19:46.2 91 54
146 May 28, 2011 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:05.7 19:19.1 92 54
147 May 26, 2012 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:41.3 19:51.2 93 54
148 June 9, 2013 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 21:17.6 21:41.3 94 54
149 June 7, 2014 New London 4 Upstream Harvard 19:32.3 19:46.4 95 54

a. ^ Yale ran into Harvard, which was leading at the turning stake.

b. ^ Yale collided with Harvard.

c. ^ Yale stroke broke oar and dove overboard. Yale still won the race.

d. ^ Triangular races included Cornell. Cornell won.

e. ^ Yale stroke ejected from shell near three-mile mark.

f. ^ Shortest race in series history.

g. ^ Yale's seven seat lost oar and dove overboard at two-mile mark.

Junior Varsity race[edit]

  • Number of wins: Harvard, 75; Yale, 37
  • Most consecutive victories: Harvard, 9 (1967-1975)
  • Narrowest winning margin: 0.2 sec (Yale, 1952)
  • Largest winning margin: 1 min 20.5 sec (Yale, 1981)
Harvard–Yale Regatta junior varsity race results[11]
No. Date Site Length Direction Winner Harvard
time
Yale
time
Harvard
total
Yale
total
1 1899 Harvard 10:51 (+15 lengths) 1
2 1900 Harvard (+6 lengths) 2
3 1901 Harvard (+6 lengths) 3
4 1902 Harvard (+3 lengths) 4
5 1903 Yale (+3 lengths) 10:59.4 4 1
6 1904 Harvard (narrowly) 5 1
7 1905 Harvard (open water) 6 1
8 1906 Yale (+24 seconds) 6 2
9 1907 Yale 6 3
10 1908 Yale (+3 lengths) 10:33.5 6 4
11 1909 Harvard (+9 seconds) 7 4
12 1910 Harvard (+6 lengths) 8 4
13 1911 Harvard (+4 lengths) 9 4
14 1912 Harvard (+10 lengths) 10 4
15 1913 Harvard (+18 seconds) 11 4
16 1914 Harvard (+7 lengths) 12 4
17 1915 Yale (+1/2 length) 12 5
18 1916
1917 no race
Harvard (+1/2 length) 13 5
19 1918 Yale (+3/4 length) 13 6
20 1919 Harvard (+8 lengths) 14 6
21 1920 Yale 14 7
22 1921 Harvard 15 7
23 1922 Harvard 16 7
24 1923 Yale 10:28.4 10:10 16 8
25 1924 Yale 10:45 10:41 16 9
26 1925 Yale 10:02 9:50 16 10
27 1926 Harvard 10:36.6 10:43.6 17 10
28 1927 Yale 9:29 9:23.4 17 11
29 1928 Yale 11:04.8 10:45.4 17 12
30 1929 Yale 11:12.2 11:00 17 13
31 1930 Harvard 11:07.2 11:10.6 18 13
32 1931 Yale 10:54 10:43 18 14
33 1932 Harvard 8:00.6 8:05.2 19 14
34 1933 Harvard 11:48.2 11:49.2 20 14
35 1934 Yale 9:48.6 9:40.2 20 15
36 1935 Yale 9:56.4 9:56 20 16
37 1936 Yale 11:08.4 10:52.4 20 17
38 1937 Yale 11:59.4 11:56.2 20 18
39 1938 Harvard 10:27 10:30.4 21 18
40 1939 Harvard 9:35 9:39 22 18
41 1940 Harvard 11:33.4 11:41.2 23 18
42 1941 Harvard 10:06.8 10:10.6 24 18
43 1942
1943-1945 no race
Harvard 10:30.8 10:39.4 25 18
44 1946 Harvard 26 18
45 1947 Harvard 9:42 9:47 27 18
46 1948 Harvard 9:30 9:34.4 28 18
47 1949 Yale 9:42.6 9:36.0 28 19
48 1950 Harvard 10:59.2 11:08.0 29 19
49 1951 Harvard 10:08.0 10:11.6 30 19
50 1952 Yale 11:05.4 11:05.2 30 20
51 1953 Harvard 9:46.0 9:56.4 31 20
52 1954 Harvard 10:44.8 10:52.4 32 20
53 1955 Yale 10:01.0 9:53.4 32 21
54 1956 Yale 9:51.0 9:44.0 32 22
55 1957 Yale 16:15.2 16:04.2 32 23
56 1958 Yale 17:29.6 17:05.6 32 24
57 1959 Harvard 15:50.0 16:00.0 33 24
58 1960 Harvard 15:20.0 15:22.2 34 24
59 1961 Yale 16:28.0 16:22.5 34 25
60 1962 Yale 15:56.6 15:49.0 34 26
61 1963 Harvard 15:45 16:02.4 35 26
62 1964 Harvard 15:33.2 15:41.2 36 26
63 1965 Harvard 15:54.9 16:11.0 37 26
64 1966 Yale 14:23.0 14:12.0 37 27
65 1967 Harvard 18:15.4 18:27.4 38 27
66 1968 Harvard 16:02.0 16:14.0 39 27
67 1969 Harvard 14:43.5 15:07.0 40 27
68 1970 Harvard 17:35.0 18:24.0 41 27
69 1971 Harvard 15:10.8 15:20.6 42 27
70 1972 Harvard 15:32.1 15:43.1 43 27
71 1973 Harvard 15.19.4 16:02.4 44 27
72 1974 Harvard 10:58 11:38 45 27
73 1975 Harvard 16:46 17:09 46 27
74 1976 Yale 17:43.8 17:34 46 28
75 1977 Harvard 10:01.6 10:15.8 47 28
76 1978 Harvard 18:01.0 18:29.4 48 28
77 1979 Yale 14:38 14:28 48 29
78 1980 Yale 14:45.8 14:18.0 48 30
79 1981 Yale 17:04.7 15:44.2 48 31
80 1982 Yale 15:32.0 15:19.0 48 32
81 1983 Harvard 15:24.7 15:30.8 49 32
82 1984 Harvard 16:48.5 17:13.11 50 32
83 1985 Harvard 14:23.5 14:47.0 51 32
84 1986 Harvard 15:05.9 15:21.0 52 32
85 1987 Yale 17:05.0 16:53.6 52 33
86 1988 Harvard 15:10.0 15:18.0 53 33
87 1989 Harvard 15:05.2 15:20.7 54 33
88 1990 Harvard 14:57.0 15:09.4 55 33
89 1991 Yale 16:00.8 15:43.5 55 34
90 1992 Harvard 14:40.6 14:55.4 56 34
91 1993 Harvard 14:27.7 14:56.8 57 34
92 1994 Harvard 13:51.7 14:00.6 58 34
93 1995 Harvard 13:54.7 14:11.8 59 34
94 June 8, 1996 Yale 16:42.4 16:37.6 59 35
95 June 1, 1997 Harvard 13:57.2 14:11.6 60 35
96 June 6, 1998 Harvard 16:12.6 16:18.4 61 35
97 June 5, 1999 Harvard 16:17.7 16:26.6 62 35
98 June 10, 2000 Harvard 15:01.2 15:15.7 63 35
99 June 3, 2001 Harvard 14:23.7 14:37.5 64 35
100 June 8, 2002 Harvard 14:19.0 14:45.8 65 35
101 June 7, 2003 Harvard 13:57.0 14:31.2 66 35
102 June 12, 2004 Harvard 13:46.1 14:16.4 67 35
103 June 11, 2005 Yale 14:32.9 14:12.9 67 36
104 June 11, 2006 Harvard 16:22.0 16:30.1 68 36
105 June 9, 2007 Yale 15:45.0 15:27.0 68 37
106 June 14, 2008 Harvard 14:03.2 14:23.4 69 37
107 June 13, 2009 Harvard 16:16.9 16:19.2 70 37
108 May 29, 2010 Harvard 14:46.8 15:02.4 71 37
109 May 28, 2011 Harvard 13:38 14:08 72 37
110 May 26, 2012 Harvard 14:55.5 15:27.2 73 37
111 June 9, 2013 Harvard 16:24.9 16:30.9 74 37
112 June 7, 2014 Harvard 14:15.7 14:33.1 75 37

Freshman race[edit]

  • Number of wins: Harvard, 71; Yale, 39 (1 dead heat)
  • Most consecutive victories: Harvard, 11 (1965-1976)
  • Narrowest winning margin: 0.4 sec (Yale, 1935)
  • Largest winning margin: 46 sec (Harvard, 1940)
Harvard–Yale Regatta freshman race results
No. Date Site Length Direction Winner Harvard
time
Yale
time
Harvard
total
Yale
total
1 1893 Yale (+6 lengths) 1
2 1894 Yale (+12 lengths) 2
3 1895 Yale (+8 lengths) 3
4 1897 Yale (+2 lengths) 4
5 1898 Yale (canvas) 5
6 1899 Harvard 9:33.5 (+2 lengths) 1 5
7 1900 Harvard (+6 lengths) 2 5
8 1901 Yale (+5 lengths) 10:24.5 2 6
9 1902 Tie 10:13 10:13 2 6
10 1903 Yale (+1 length) 9:43 2 7
11 1904 Yale (canvas) 2 8
12 1905 Harvard (+1 length) 3 8
13 1906 Yale (+1/2 length) 3 9
14 1907 Harvard (+1 length) 4 9
15 1908 Harvard 9:38.5 5 9
16 1909 Harvard (+37 seconds) 6 9
17 1910 Harvard (+2 lengths) 7 9
18 1911 Yale (+1/2 length) 7 10
19 1912 Harvard (+1/2 length) 8 10
20 1913 Harvard (+1 length) 9 10
21 1914 Harvard (+4 lengths) 10 10
22 1915 Yale (+2 lengths) 10 11
23 1916
1917 no race
Harvard (+1/2 length) 11 11
24 1918
1919-1922 no race
Harvard (+2 lengths) 12 11
25 1923 Yale 10:46 10:27.6 12 12
26 1924 Yale 10:45 10:33 12 13
27 1925 Yale 10:01 9:57.4 12 14
28 1926 Harvard 11:00 11:12.6 13 14
29 1927 Yale 9:22.4 9:18 13 15
30 1928 Yale 10:43.4 10:33 13 16
31 1929 Yale 11:09.6 11:07 13 17
32 1930 Harvard 11:02.8 11:17.6 14 17
33 1931 Yale 10:35.4 10:25 14 18
34 1932 Yale 8:30.8 8:16.2 14 19
35 1933 Yale 12:26.4 12:06.4 14 20
36 1934 Yale 9:51 9:47.6 14 21
37 1935 Yale 9:46.4 9:46 14 22
38 1936 Harvard 11:01 11:05 15 22
39 1937 Yale 12:23 12:14.2 15 23
40 1938 Harvard 10:05 10:14.4 16 23
41 1939 Harvard 10:20 10:30.8 17 23
42 1940 Harvard 11:53 12:39 18 23
43 1941 Harvard 9:51.4 10:01.8 19 23
44 1942
1943-1946 no race
Harvard 10:16.6 10:29.4 20 23
45 1947 Yale 9:47 9:43 20 24
46 1948 Harvard 9:34 9:41.4 21 24
47 1949 Harvard 9:32.0 9:34.6 22 24
48 1950 Harvard 11:06.2 11:16.0 23 24
49 1951 Harvard 10:27.4 10:42.3 24 24
50 1952 Harvard 11:33.4 11:40.4 25 24
51 1953 Yale 9:44.5 9:43.0 25 25
52 1954 Harvard 11:06.4 11:25.0 26 25
53 1955 Yale 9:49 9:40 26 26
54 1956 Yale 9:52.1 9:38.2 26 27
55 1957 Yale 10:35.0 10:29.0 26 28
56 1958 Harvard 11:13 11:17 27 28
57 1959 Yale 10:45.9 10:44.4 27 29
58 1960 Harvard 10:12.10 10:17.4 28 29
59 1961 Yale 11:14.0 10:54.8 28 30
60 1962 Harvard 9:43.8 9:48.4 29 30
61 1963 Harvard 9:35.0 9:45.0 30 30
62 1964 Yale 10:05.0 10:01.0 30 31
63 1965 Harvard 10:45.2 10:57.2 31 31
64 1966 Harvard 9:23.4 9:32.4 32 31
65 1967 Harvard 11:51.0 12:14.4 33 31
66 1968 Harvard 10:45.5 11:02.9 34 31
67 1969
1970 no race
Harvard 9:53.3 10:01.1 35 31
68 1971 Harvard 9:29.4 9:48.4 36 31
69 1972 Harvard 9:58.7 (+7 lengths) 37 31
70 1973 Harvard 10:29.5 10:34.9 38 31
71 1974 Harvard 11:10 11:19 39 31
72 1975 Harvard 11:01 11:05 40 31
73 1976 Harvard 11:13.6 11:27.6 41 31
74 1977 Yale 9:56.8 9:51.6 41 32
75 1978 Harvard 11:56.0 12:13.2 42 32
76 1979 Harvard 9:05.4 9:09.2 43 32
77 1980 Yale 9:48.0 9:42.9 43 33
78 1981 Yale 10:46.5 10:42.0 43 34
79 1982 Harvard 9:59.0 10:13.0 44 34
80 1983 Harvard 10:10.7 10:26.7 45 34
81 1984 Harvard 10:18 10:36.4 46 34
82 1985 Yale 9:23.5 9:19.6 46 35
83 1986 Harvard 10:04.6 10:27.3 47 35
84 1987 Harvard 11:31.0 11:50.6 48 35
85 1988 Harvard 10:01.6 10:12.2 49 35
86 1989 Harvard 10:19.8 10:21.6 50 35
87 1990 Harvard 10:03.3 10:21.8 51 35
88 1991 Harvard 10:34.5 10:43.8 52 35
89 1992 Harvard 10:01.7 10:26.5 53 35
90 1993 Harvard 10:01.7 10:07.6 54 35
91 1994 Harvard 9:22.6 9:41.2 55 35
92 1995 Yale 9:01 8:49 55 36
93 June 8, 1996 Yale 11:06.4 10:43.0 55 37
94 June 1, 1997 Harvard 10:53 10:57 56 37
95 June 6, 1998 Harvard 10:45 10:52 57 37
96 June 5, 1999 Harvard 10:36.97 10:47.14 58 37
97 June 10, 2000 Yale 9:42.6 9:33.3 58 38
98 June 3, 2001 Harvard 9:39.4 9:56.8 59 38
99 June 8, 2002 Harvard 9:23.4 9:38.8 60 38
100 June 7, 2003 Harvard 9:49.4 10:06.8 61 38
101 June 12, 2004 Harvard 8:46.1 8:50.0 62 38
102 June 11, 2005 Harvard 9:06.1 9:13.6 63 38
103 June 10, 2006 Yale 11:05.0 11:04.5 63 39
104 June 9, 2007 Harvard 10:01.13 10:11.69 64 39
105 June 14, 2008 Harvard 8:53.8 9:01.3 65 39
106 June 13, 2009 Harvard 10:43.2 10:50.1 66 39
107 May 29, 2010[12] Upstream Harvard 9:32.7 9:47.6 67 39
108 May 28, 2011 Upstream Harvard 9:03.2 9:24.2 68 39
109 May 26, 2012 Upstream Harvard 10:25.6 10:34.1 69 39
110 June 9, 2013 Upstream Harvard 10:29.5 11:00.8[a] 70 39
111 June 7, 2014 Upstream Harvard 9:19.6 9:22.8 71 39

a. ^ Yale raced their 3V8 in this event.[13]

Combination race[edit]

Begun in 1920,[11] the combination boat is manned by rowers from the third varsity and second freshman boats, the strongest substitutes available to the junior varsity and freshman boats.

  • Number of wins: Harvard, 12; Yale, 3
Date Winner Harvard
time
Yale
time
1938 Harvard
1963 Harvard (+1/2 length)
June 7, 1996 Yale +17 secs
June 4, 1999 Yale
June 11, 2004 Harvard 10:09.4 10:18.0
June 10, 2005[a] Yale 9:21.9 9:17.4
June 9, 2006 Harvard
June 8, 2007 Harvard 9:29.36 9:39.79
June 13, 2008 Harvard 8:55.3 9:07.4
June 12, 2009 Harvard
May 28, 2010 Harvard +4 secs
May 27, 2011 Harvard 9:28 9:40
May 25, 2012 Harvard 11:22 11:48
June 8, 2013 Harvard 11:55.0 11:58.6
June 6, 2014 Harvard 12:40.64 13:54.20

a. ^ This was the inaugural contest for the James P. Snider Cup.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The first regatta of the Rowing Association of American Colleges was held July 21, 1871, at Ingleside, Massachusetts, on the Connecticut River. Massachusetts Agricultural College won the university race with Harvard second and Brown University third. Yale did not participate (nor join the RAAC) but continued to dispute its disqualification in the 1870 race with Harvard.
    "Record of the College Regattas: From the Winnipeseogee Contest in 1852 to that of Yesterday". The New York Times. July 15, 1875.
  2. ^ In the RAAC university race of 1872, Harvard finished second and Yale sixth among six entries. Amherst College won in 16:32.8 or 24.2 seconds ahead of Harvard. The crew generally rowed 40 to 46 strokes per minute.
    "The College Regatta: A Victory for Amherst. Another Surprise—Amherst the winners in 16:32 4-5, the best time on record ...". New York Tribune. July 25, 1872. p. 1.
    According to The New York Times, "A very strong current and quite a fresh breeze helped them along".
  3. ^ In the RAAC university race of 1873, Yale was finally declared the winner and the other places were not declared. "Shortly before midnight the referee announced that he would only decide upon the first position for the time being, and Yale he declared the winner of the race. The decision on other positions are reserved for a future time. Capt. Babcock, the referee, has stated to the Harvard boys that he is compelled technically, to award the University race to Yale, but he stated that the flags were not correctly placed at the finish, and that, consequently, the course on the east shore was much greater than on the west shore. The Harvards claim that the champion flags were awarded to them by the judges, whose judgment, like that of many others, was that Harvard had arrived at the finish in advance of all the crews ..."
    "Referee's Decision: Yale to take the Championship Colors". Boston Daily Globe. July 18, 1873.
  4. ^ After two days of postponements a much diminished crowd watched the university race of the RAAC Regatta at Saratoga in 1874. Columbia won the race (unofficial time 16:42) officially followed by Wesleyan, Harvard, and six others, finally Yale. "It was unanimously acknowledged that Yale had the lead and Harvard second.Harvard's boat then ran into the Yale boat, breaking the latters' rudder."
    San Francisco Chronicle evidently quoting multiple accounts in New York Evening Post
  5. ^ In the RAAC university race of 1875, Harvard finished third and Yale fifth among thirteen boats. Cornell won the race. Yale had been the betting favorite with Cornell second.
    "The News in this City: Intense Excitement Throughout New-York". The New York Times. July 15, 1875. p. 2.
  6. ^ The 1876 Harvard–Yale race introduced both the eight-oar crews with coxswain and the 4-mile distance, two features borrowed from the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.
    Peter Mallory. The Sport of Rowing: Two Centuries of Competition. Four volumes. Henley-on-Thames, England: River Rowing Museum. 2011. Selections published online in advance as row2k.com Exclusive Features.
    • "Bob Cook: Pilgrimage to Britain – The Bob Cook Stroke". Mallory (2011), vol. 2, ch. 27 (pp. 312–18).
    • "American Collegiate Rowing Takes Shape: Harvard versus Yale – The IRA". Mallory (2011), vol. 2, ch. 28 (pp. 319–29).
    Both featured online by row2k.com in (Mallory, chapters 27–35) (pages 312–60). Retrieved 2013-05-11.
  7. ^ Yale defeated Harvard soundly in a race of eight-oared boats in Springfield on June 30. Harvard continued west to Saratoga for the RAAC Regatta ("the Harvard six", for the Association championship matched "coxless sixes") but Yale did not participate. Harvard did not participate again and the Association disintegrated during the next several years. Regarding the Saratoga and Springfield events: "Yale does not row there, and Harvard will not after this year, but the eight-oared bout between Yale and Harvard, so successfully inaugurated to-day, will undoubtedly become an annual and permanent institution."
    "College Regatta: Yale and Harvard Eight-Oar Crews Try Conclusions. The Contest Takes Place on the Old Connecticut River Course." Chicago Daily Tribune. July 1, 1876. p. 8.
  8. ^ Two sources report time 20:19.6 for Harvard, different but greater times 20:19.8 and 20:29.8 for Yale, and Yale the winner.
  9. ^ Following the race in New London in June, the schools held an exhibition in August on Lake Winnipesaukee to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first regatta. The race followed the original script, with Harvard winning by 2.7 seconds.
    "Harvard, Yale to Race Exhibition in August; Practice Starts Today" and "Harvard–Yale Regatta – 150 Years of Tradition".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USRowing" (aspx). Retrieved 2007-01-17. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "America's Oldest Intercollegiate Athletic Event". Prior to May 2, 2001. John Veneziano, Harvard Sports Information Director. Harvard University Boat Club (HUBC). Archived 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
    Unchanged 2001 to 2011 except the closing sentence, "The last four races have been split between the two crews."
  3. ^ a b "Great Moments in Yale Sports". Yale Alumni Magazine. March 2001. Archived 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  4. ^ a b Lewis, p. 224.
  5. ^ firstharvardyalerace.com.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Harvard–Yale Boat Race Turns 150". Harvard Magazine. May–June 2002.
  7. ^ a b c "The 144th Yale-Harvard Regatta". Yale University Athletics. June 13, 2009. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  8. ^ "Harvard–Yale Results" (1852 to 1906). Prior to June 25, 2001. HUBC. Archived 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  9. ^ A second source for results from 1876 through 1903 is The World Almanac and Book of Facts. New York: Newspaper Enterprise Association [etc.], 1800.[when?] pp. 267.
  10. ^ "row2k Results" (1997 to date). (row2k.com).
  11. ^ a b c d e "Harvard–Yale Regatta – 150 Years of Tradition". Retrieved 2013-05-10.
    (Footer states "Copyright 2010 Harvard University"; content includes "the Crimson's five straight sweeps" 2008 to 2012.)
  12. ^ "Bulldogs Hang Tough, But Harvard Holds On to Win The 145th Regatta". Yale University Athletics. May 29, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  13. ^ [1]
Citations

Further reading[edit]

  • Mendenhall, Thomas C. The Harvard–Yale Boat Race 1852–1924 and the coming of sport to the American college (Mystic Seaport Museum, 1970, ISBN 978-0913372647)
  • Whiton, James M. "The First Harvard–Yale Regatta". Outlook LXVIII (June 1901): 286-89.

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