Match Racing Varsity History

Photo of cup for Oxford Cambridge Match Racing
The George Cockshott (Wiki link) Cup – AKA Eurynome Bowl

Early Oxford Cambridge Match Racing Varsity Match History

The very first Oxford Cambridge match racing Varsity Match was held on the river at Ely in 1912. However, it became a team race the following year when it was held at Oxford. For historic convenience, the 1912 match is listed as part of the main Varsity Match history. As a result, this match racing Varsity Match history starts with the first modern Varsity match race held at the Royal Southern YC, Hamble in July 2014.

Trophies and Blues

Two CUCrC cups have been re-purposed for the modern Varsity Match Racing Match: the George Cockshott (Wiki link) Cup – AKA Eurynome Bowl – for the First Team; and the Challenge Cup for the Second Team. The event does not yet have Half Blue status.


An historic list of Cambridge teams is maintained on the History pages of the CUCrC Student, Alumni, News, History website. There is currently no online list of Oxford teams.

Analysis of Varsity Match Racing Match Results to Date

So far Cambridge have won the main match twice and Oxford one; Oxford have won the 2nd team match twice and Cambridge once.

Year George Cockshott Cup Score Challenge Cup Score Place
2022 Oxford 2-1 Oxford 2-1 Royal Harwich YC
2019 Cambridge 4-0 Cambridge 4-1 Aldeburgh YC
2015-19 Not sailed   Not sailed  
2014 Cambridge   Oxford   Royal Southern YC