Friday, December 4, 2015

BOAT RACE: Dinners, 2016 (Updated Apr. 5, 2016)

The Boat Race (now Boat Races, as women's race
on the same course, same day).
Boat Races Winner, Sunday, Mar. 27, 2016
The Newton Women's Boat Race (OXFORD)
Osiris-Blondie Race
Isis-Goldie Race  
The BNY Mellon Boat Race (CAMBRIDGE)

Events by City, USA and Canada

Boston |
Sunday, Mar. 27, 9:45 a.m.  Race Viewing (no charge, but please reserve here) Tavern in the Square, 730 Mass. Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Women's Race at 10:10 a.m., Men's Race at 11:10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Chicago | 77th Annual BRD | Friday, April 15. 6 p.m. Drinks. 7 p.m. Dinner: 7:00 p.m. Black Tie Optional. Dr. Frances Lannon Hon. Fellow and Former Principal,  LMH, Oxford.  Prof. Gillian Peele Fellow and Tutor in Politics, LMH,  Oxford.  James C. Dunlop, LMH will preside. Michael J. Dickenson, Christ’s College, Cambridge, will report on the Boat Races. Buy tickets here.

Denver | April 12. The Denver dinner is probably the least expensive BRD in North America because it is subsidized by loyal alumni. Contact:

NY City | 5th BR Brunch | Mar. 27. Book your place / At the viewing of the race.

NY City | 83rd BRD | Apr. 12. Toast to the Universities by Nick Kristof (Oxford) of the NY Times. Response on behalf of the Universities by Anna Watkins (Cambridge), Olympic gold medalist in double sculls. To register, go here.

Ottawa | BRD |

San Francisco | BR Breakfast | Mar. 27 |  Live Viewing of Boat Races.  8:50 a.m., OUS Northern California. Last year was at Kezar Pub.

San Francisco | 81st BRD |

Seattle | Sunday, Mar. 27 (8 am-10 am) Hosted by The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Seattle at The Market Arms. Live viewing of the 2016 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.

Toronto |

Vancouver | 86th BRD |
Vancouver | 5th BR Breakfast |

Victoria | BRD |

Washington, D.C. | 69th BRD | April 7, 2016  National Press Club. Registration is Open. See April 7 date below.

Washington, D.C. | Biennial North America Oxford Reunion | April 8-9, 2016. To order tickets for April 9, go here. The dinner on Friday evening April 8 at the Library of Congress was sold out one month before the event. Contact for further information.

*Link to Oxford Alumni Boat Race Events World-Wide (Europe and Asia included)

Events by Date, 2016
Send updates here. |  History, photos etc. of Prior US-Canadian Boat Race alumni events.

March 27, 2016 (Sunday) | New York City, Boat Races Brunch. Viewing of the BBC record of the races, organized in recent years by the Oxford Business Alumni. 11 am: Viewing Party & Brunch – Manhattan. Location will be emailed to ticket holders. Book here. Note: The women's boats compete on the same day and course as the men's boats. The men's blue boats compete at 4:50 pm GMT and the women's ("Newton") boats one hour later. In New York City the BBC should start showing the race at 11:50 am. For later information, check the official site for the BNY Mellon Boat Races.

March 27 | San Francisco, Live Viewing of Boat Races.  8:50 a.m., OUS Northern California. Was at Kezar Pub.

March 27 | Vancouver, 5th Annual Boat Races Breakfast. Contact: The men's race starts at 4:50 pm GMT - or 8:50 a.m. in Vancouver. 10 am: Vancouver Oxford & Cambridge Society Annual Boat Race Breakfast Venue: Manchester Public House, 1941 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 1Z3, Canada.

March 27 | Portland, Ore., 9 am-12 noon local time - Oxbridge Cascades Alumni Society Viewing of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race last year was at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204, USA. According to Vancouver branch, Portland invented the Boat Race Breakfast, in which alumni gather at a local pub, many with old college or university gear, to watch the race live on TV. Always early morning in Oregon. Contact: Christopher Gondek, cgondek@

April ? | Kingston, Ont., Boat Race Dinner, venue to be determined. Contact: Robert Darymple

April ? | Victoria - Annual VIOCS Boat Race Party Saturday, 6:30-9:30 pm, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (exhibits will be open) 1040 Moss Street, Victoria $36.00 p.p. Send your cheque to: Dr. Brian Scarfe (personally) Suite 416, 21 Dallas Road, Victoria, BC, V8V 4Z9 VIOCS. Silent auction to help offset the cost of our splendid venue. Bring cheque book. For further information contact or call Dr. Dorothy Kennedy at 250-384-4544. 

April ? | Los Angeles, Brunch. Held every year since at least 2005 (University Club, Pasadena). Last year was at 12 noon at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey–enjoy dazzling conversation, a luxurious champagne brunch, and a gorgeous view of the yachts while rooting on the dark and light blues while watching from a week-old DVD. Oxonians, Cantabrigians, friends and supporters are all welcome. In the anxious words of a late 1800s Oxford poet: “The Cambridge eight / have muscle and weight, / but the dark blue blades / fall sharp and straight.” The group assembles at 11:30 am, has brunch and then watches the Boat Races at 1:30 pm (since they are viewing from a DVD, the group is not bound to the Tidewater schedule). Contact: Ray Dean Mize

April ? | San Francisco, 81st BRD. Presidio Golf Club, 8 Presidio Terrace. Contact: or Matthew Kaser,

April 7 | Washington, DC BRD.  Top Floor, National Press Club, 14th and F Streets, NW. The 69th Annual Oxford and Cambridge Dinner. Cocktails at 7 p.m., Dinner at 8 p.m. All members of Oxford or Cambridge and their guests are cordially invited to attend this renowned event, the largest such gathering to take place on a continuing basis anywhere in the world. Originally linked to The Boat Race, it promises an evening of fine wine and cuisine and exceptional speakers from both Universities. William W. Chip (Clare, Cambridge), Senior Counsel at Covington & Burling will Preside. Professor Angela E. Stent (Girton, Cambridge), Professor of Government and Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University, will give the Toast to the Universities. Professor Sir Drummond Bone, MA, FRSA, FRSE, Hon, Litt.D., Master of Balliol College and an expert of the poetry of Byron and President of the Scottish Byron Society will give the Response from the Universities. The price of the dinner is $130 per person ($110 for those who came down in the past five years), wine included. Dress is black tie (preferred), college blazer, evening kilt, or equivalent. Please send your acceptance and check without delay, using the acceptance form which follows. Checks should be made out to the Oxford and Cambridge Committee and mailed to David B. Law, Hon. Treas., c/o Curtin Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans, 1900 M Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20036, for receipt on or before April 5, 2016. No tickets will be issued; you will be recognized at the door.

April 8-9 | Washington, D.C.  Biennial North American Oxford Reunion. 

April 12 | New York City, 83rd BRD, since 1933. The toasts are to the President and Queen and the Universities, with a Response from the Universities. The Toast to the Universities this year will be given by Nick Kristof of the New York Times. Contact: HervĂ© Gouraige (Merton), dinner chairman; hgouraige [at]

April ? | Ottawa BRD.  The Cambridge Society of Ottawa hosts an annual BRD that some Oxonians attend. This year's BRD is at the Britannia Yacht Club. Contact: Neil Bliss, or (613) 745-5179; or Oxford Secretary Harry Corrin,

April ? | Vancouver BRD. Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Contact: Dr. Dorothy Kennedy, Website:

April ? | Boston (New England Society) BRD. Contact: Dona Cady is President of OCSNE,; David Manns is Secretary,; Belinda Wilkes is Treasurer, For dinner details, sign up here (you will need to input your university/college of matriculation).

Cities for Which Dates Not Reported

(To add an event - contact
Calgary, Alberta. Contact: Geoffrey Cowling,; jonathan.d.connell@ Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Contact: Houston, Tex. Contact: Kevin Bradford, Indianapolis, Ind.  Contact Stephen Smith, Kansas City, Mo. Contact: BartholomewDean at Little Rock, Ark. Contact: Montreal, Que.  Contact: New Orleans, La.  Contact: David Campbell, davidc1010@ Phoenix, Ariz. Contact: Portland, Maine Contact: TracieJeanReed Raleigh, N.C. Contact: Steven Wilson, Richmond, Va. Contact: Matthias Hild, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Contact: Russell Fisher, utah.oxford@ San Diego, Calif. Contact:
Contact: Ean.Hernandez@ St. Louis, Mo.  Contact: David Pollack, Toronto, Ont.  Contact: Vero Beach, Fla. Contact: Winnipeg, Manitoba. Contact: Robert Dawson, dawson at

Read here about the long History of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race and the Boat Race Dinners in 2015.

Or read about the meanings of the Arms of Oxford Colleges (and PPHs): Article in Oxford Today . Heraldry as Branding . Heraldry as Fun .  Coat of Arms vs. Crest . Sinister Questions . Visit to the College of Arms . Windsor Herald Talks to New Yorkers . Shaming of Harvard Law Crest :: Rapid Expansion of Oxford's Colleges and Halls . Oxford Stars . Links to Heraldry, Oxford, GW . Harris Manchester College . Linacre College . St Catherine's . St Cross College . St Edmund Hall . Trinity College :: Regent's Park College . St Benet's Hall . 

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