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The race stayed in Henley until 2015 when it moved to The Championship Course on the Thames and was held on the same day as the men’s race for the first time.
Cambridge hold a healthy lead in the series thanks to their dominance between 19, but as in the men’s event, Oxford have had a resurgence since the Millennium, winning 13 of the 19 races.
The Dark Blues lost their first Tideway encounter in 2017, having previously won the 20 editions.
Crews of eight are selected by Oxford and Cambridge for the events.
Robert Weber is in his first season as Chief Coach for Cambridge women’s crew and was Head Rowing Coach at Hamilton College, New York.
He has coached many US medal-winning crews as Assistant Coach to the US Women’s Senior and Under-23 Team. The Oxford men’s crew is coached by former GB coach Sean Bowden, who has held the role since 1997 and has overseen 12 wins in that period. Bowden’s former assistant Andy Nelder is Head Coach of Oxford University Women’s Boat Club.
Boat Race 2019 crews announced Cambridge men’s crew is led by their Chief Coach Rob Baker, who led the Cambridge women to impressive victories in 20.
Until 1976, including a 12-year stretch with no racing between 19, the race location alternated between the Isis in Oxford and the Cam in Cambridge before moving to Henley-on-Thames.
Oxford won 14 of 17 races between 18 and then took nine in a row in the 1890s.
Cambridge dominated the race after World War One, winning 16 of the 17 races between 19.
Oxford nearly overturned their huge deficit by winning 16 of the 17 races between 19, before Cambridge pulled away again with seven wins in a row.
The Dark Blue Oxford crew have pulled back again since the Millennium, winning 12 of the 19 races to trail the series 80-83.
Phelps represented Cambridge three times from 1993-1995, winning all three contests. He rowed for Cambridge in the 1984 Boat Race and represented GB at the 1984 World Rowing Championships.