The Boat Race 1840

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4th Boat Race
Date 15 April 1840 (1840-04-15)
Winner Cambridge
Margin of victory 3/4 length
Winning time 29 minutes 3 seconds
Overall record
Umpire C. Bewicke (Oxford)
C. J. Selwyn (Cambridge)
W. H. Harrison (referee)[1]

The 4th Boat Race took place on the River Thames on 15 April 1840.[2] It was the third of the University Boat Races to be held on the Thames, on a five-and-three-quarter-mile stretch between Westminster and Putney.[3] Cambridge won the race by 3/4 of a length to lead the overall record at 3–1.[4]


The Boat Race is a side-by-side rowing competition between the University of Oxford (sometimes referred to as the "Dark Blues")[5] and the University of Cambridge (sometimes referred to as the "Light Blues").[5] The race was first held in 1829, and takes place on the River Thames in southwest London.[6][7]


Seat Cambridge
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Name College Weight Name College Weight
Bow Alfred Hudson Shadwell St John's Jacob G. Mountain Merton
2 William Massey 1st Trinity I. J. J. Pocock Merton
3 Sam. Barnard Taylor 1st Trinity S. E. Maberley Christ Church
4 John M. Ridley Jesus W. Rogers Balliol
5 George Charles Uppleby Magdalene R. G. Walls Brasenose
6 Francis Cranmer Penrose Magdalene E. Royds Brasenose
7 Heighway C. Jones Magdalene Godfrey Meynell Brasenose
Stroke Charles M. Vialls (P) 3rd Trinity J. J. T. Somers Cox (P) Brasenose
Cox T. S. Egan Gonville & Caius W. B. Garnett Brasenose
(P) – boat club president




  1. ^ Burnell p. 49
  2. ^ "Boat Race – Early races". The Boat Race Company Limited. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Boat Race". Oxford University Boat Club. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Results". The Boat Race Company Limited. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Dark Blues aim to punch above their weight". The Observer. 6 April 2003. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Smith, Oliver (25 March 2014). "University Boat Race 2014: spectators' guide". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Course". The Boat Race Company Limited. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  8. ^ MacMichael, p. 71

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