The Cambridge-Oxford Potomac Challenge Cup


This Sunday's Potomac Challenge Cup will be cancelled due to high river levels following this week's rainfall.

Unfortunately, we have not been able to arrange an alternate race date with Oxford. We thank our boat club and team captain for their hard work this summer and wish them all the best luck for next year, when we'll surely be ready to beat Oxford. 


The great Cambridge-Oxford Potomac Boat Race is set for Sunday, October 4! Spectators can view the race from the Georgetown Waterfront. Men's, Women's, and Past Masters teams will race the Other Place for the Cup of Destiny. The festivities will begin at approximately 2:00PM. Feel free to gather on the waterfront and get a drink at Nick's Riverside Grille as you wait. A facilitator will be on hand at the waterfront/Nick's to relay live information as the boats approach the finish line at the Waterfront. 

Be sure to support the Light Blue by sporting your college attire, boat club blazers, scarves or whatever finery you picked up while at Cambridge. As Cantab DC's oldest and most successful event it would be great to see a strong Cambridge turnout to support our Light Blue squads and the Society.

After the races, participants and supporters from both teams will congregate for post-race Pimms and further celebrations at the Ri Ra Pub on M Street. Please ask for the Cambridge group as we will be in one of the private rooms. We are also pleased to announce that the Singing Capital Chorus, a premier men's a capella singing group, will be singing five songs starting at 5:00 PM. Friends and family are welcome.

About the Cantab DC Boat Club and the Potomac Challenge Cup

The Cantab DC Boat Club trains on the Potomac every summer, culminating in the Cambridge-Oxford Potomac Challenge Cup in late Summer/early Fall. All Cambridge alumni are welcome to row with us. The race, of course, follows in the tradition of the The Boat Race in London, where Cambridge and Oxford Crews compete for the coveted champion title. Similarly the Potomac Boat Race has an interesting historic foundation that is rooted in a challenge between Secretary of the U.S. Navy, John F. Lehman Jr. and U.S. Senator Larry Lee Pressler. You can read more about these historic beginnings of the Potomac Boat Races online.

If your company or organization would like to support the Cambridge Boats, please take a look at our Sponsorship Opportunities for corporate benefits and more information! Or feel free to make an online donation to our society to help support the Cambridge Boat Club.