'Eights' for Victory Journal magazine, issue 10. The boat race between Oxford and Cambridge universities is one of England’s most storied competitions. It’s a four-mile, 374- yard sprint along a choppy section of the River Thames. The Race has gone largely unchanged in its 186 year history, until this year, when the Oxford and Cambridge women’s crew raced on the same day as the men. The rowers only want to win. In a world where one race seals the legacy of an entire season, nothing else matters. Words: Beejoli Shah.