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A history of the Varsity Match and a complete set of results to date can be accessed on the Oxford & Cambridge Sailing Society website via its history index page(opens in a new window). An 1898 challenge by Oxford was rejected by Cambridge because: “the Club (CUCrC) has no suitable boats to sail in such a match and, from its lists, it seems that the OUYC is not entirely a University Club”. The first Match was sailed in 1912, after Cambridge sentiment changed in 1910, and took the form of three match races. The series was interrupted by the First World War from 1915 to 1919, and the 1940 Match planned for Oulton Broad was cancelled due to the Second World War. Since then the series has bee uninterrupted.

Additional history will be found on the Alumni & News website. Please bear with these links while we rationalise our various websites.