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Mortlake, which will include women's races in 2015.
The women's race has taken place annually, except for wartime, since 1927. The men's race started 98 years before.
This year a new silver chalice will be awarded to the winner of the women's race, in lieu of a wooden plaque to be consigned to the Boat Race Museum.
Starting in 2015 the women's boats will race before the men's on the traditional seven-kilometer course on the Tideway.
Credit for the equal status for the women's boat race is given to "an American investment bank" - i.e., BNY Mellon, which is the boat race sponsor for the current round of races. (Sponsorship of the Boat Race is negotiated through a complicated system that is sketched in a well-read previous post on this blog.)
For some years, Newton Investment Management - a women-oriented wealth manager whose parent is BNY Mellon - has sponsored the Oxford-Cambridge women's boat race. Newton's chief executive, Helena Morrissey, has made it a personal goal to achieve parity between the men's and women's boats in the annual Oxford-Cambridge race on the Thames.
More news about the Boat Race is available on the official web site.