Sunday 31st March 2013 sees the 159th Boat Race between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. First raced in 1829, the Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world.
Who will prevail – the Oxford crew, following last year’s sinking, or the more experienced Cambridge crew?
Get together with your fellow OCCB members to watch the race and support your side. College attire encouraged and friends more than welcome!

When: Sunday 31st March 2013 – 9.30 pm-12.30 am (race starts at 11.30 pm Beijing time)

What: Five free drink (including beer!) or food tokens from 9.30pm to 12.30 am. Food and other drinks are of course available to purchase from the bar in addition.
Where: Brussels 2nd Floor,  4 Gongti Beilu, inside Yuanjidian Research Center, 工体北路4号院机电研究院内 (Tel: 6591-9525) – behind the Bookworm
Raffle: please bring your business card to be in with a chance of winning a raffle prize, to include: a voucher for treatment at Dragonfly Spa, a beautiful book about the Boat Race “What It Takes to Earn your Place”, and wines from the Wine Republic.
How: Please register in advance, as places are limited. Tickets are not refundable. Get your tickets here via our payment partner Yoopay.Advance ticket sales will close at the end of Saturday 30th March. Please note that the ticket price at the door will be 125 rmb for OCCB members and 150 rmb for guests – so there is a 25% discount for registering early.
The Boat Race REPORTAround 80 members and guests from the Oxford and Cambridge Club Beijing (OCCB) turned up at Brussels bar, just off Sanlitun Nanjie, for an evening of conviviality and reminiscence (in some cases) about rowing, before watching the Boat Race at 11.30 pm Beijing time. The race itself was beautifully rowed and coxed, with Oxford pulling ahead at the outset and maintaining its lead, eventually moving over a length ahead and thus eliminating Cambridge’s advantage owing to the river over the final stretch.

We were glad to welcome guests from the Said Business School at Oxford and a group of visiting undergraduates from Cambridge reading Chinese and doing their year  abroad in Beijing. The raffle was drawn by Anna Beare, a Cambridge undergraduate oarswoman, from attendees’ cards, with prizes of wine donated by the Wine republic, a voucher for spa treatment at the Dragonfly spa and three copies of a beautifully photographed book about the Boat Race, “What it Takes to earn your Place”. A convivial time was enjoyed by all.