The Boat Race a la Bayeux.
2004 marked the 175th anniversary of the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race which was first rowed on June 10th 1829. This card was designed to commemorate that anniversary.
The 1829 race was held at Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire when a crowd of 20,000 was reported to have attended. Oxford were clear winners. The turnout gave the people of Henley the idea of organising a rowing regatta, and ten years later Henley regatta was born.
After 1829 the Boat Race was raced intermittently on the Thames at Westminster until the race moved six miles up-stream in 1845 to the village of Putney to avoid river congestion. The Boat Race became an annual event after 1856, and apart from interruptions during the two World Wars, has continued into the 21st century.