The Boat Race

Last updated at 4:49 p.m. on the 15th March 2019

A long time tradition at BUTTS Socials has been The Boat Race. But not in the sense that Oxford and Cambridge are most familiar with; this kind of race has little to do with rivers and more to do with drinking.

A team of up to four from each university would line up, each university standing side by and side. Upon start of the race, the first person of each team would consume a pint of a beverage of their own choice as fast as possible, place the empty pint glass upside down on their head, and sit on the floor. At that time the next member of the team may begin consuming. The winning team would be the one that were all sat on the floor first. The race traditionally continues until all pints have been finished.

In 2008 the rules were standardised, and a trophy for this event was introduced for a short period of time. Although intended a bit of fun, the boat race trophy is often fiercly contended with much support from club-mates. So far the holders of the trophy have been:

Holders Date Won Event Location Winning Team Defeated Teams Notes
Warwick 16/05/2008 Outdoor Champs Oxford Chris Blake(2), David Hadden(2) Oxford, Birmingham, Loughborough, Warwick Novices Both members of the Warwick team did two pints each.
Warwick 21/02/2008 Indoor Champs Warwick Chris Blake, David Barnes, David Hadden, Paul Crooks Oxford, Nottingham, Birmingham, Warwick B, Loughborough
Nottingham 03/05/2008 Outdoor Champs Warwick Dan Venables (2), Alex Beaumont, Adam Ridgeway Warwick, Oxford, Birmingham, Nottingham B Dan Venables did both the first and last pints for his team again.
Nottingham 23/02/2008 Indoor Champs Loughborough Dan Venables (2), Alex Beaumont, Adam Ridgeway Warwick, Nottingham B, Oxford, Birmingham, Loughborough Dan Venables did both the first and last pints for his team; This was the first time the boat race trophy was contested.

The Rules

The formal boat race rules are as follows:

  1. A Boat Race team may be made up of at most 4 members.
  2. Each member must consume a pint or half pint of their preferred beverage.
  3. A total of 4 pints of beverage must be consumed by the team.
  4. The team should line up in a straight line, one behind the other.
  5. The glass containing the beverage should NOT be touching the lips of any team member before they are officially cleared to drink.
  6. An adjudicator will be appointed before the boat race. They will act as judgement on any decisions or rules. This is typically the B.U.T.T.S. Organiser or their chosen proxy.
  7. The adjudicator holds the right to request a top up of any beverage they deem to not be filled to a full pint/half pint measure. If such a request cannot be fulfilled, they have the right to fill the remainder with any beverage they have to hand.
  8. The race will begin on the word drink from a count of “3… 2… 1… drink” from the adjudicator of the race.
  9. On commencement of the race, the member of the team at the front of the queue must begin to drink their beverage. Once they have finished, they must place the empty pint glass upside down on their head, and then sit on the floor. Once they are sat on the floor, the next team mate in the queue may begin to consume, and so on… until all members of the team are seated.
  10. Beverages must only be consumed in pint measures or half pint measures.
  11. If one member of a team is consuming more than 1 pint, they must consume the first pint, put the glass on their head, sit on the floor, and once the next person in the queue has started, they must go to the back of the queue and wait in line to do the next quantity.
  12. The winning team is the fastest team to consume all of their beverages and be sat on the floor.
  13. Any “kamikaze-ing” will result in an immediate disqualification from being able to win the trophy.
  14. A “kamikaze” is defined as any process which results in beverage being disposed of in a way that is not direct consumption by a team member, or any beverage being contained in the pint glass while it is placed upside down on the head of a team member.
  15. Any behaviour which is contrary to the license or policy of the establishment where the boat race is being held will result in an instant disqualification.
  16. Interference in the progress of another team will result in an instant disqualification.
  17. Failure to place the empty pint glass upside down on a head or to sit down, by a team member will result in the disqualification of that team.
  18. Before the boat race, an official videographer will be named. In the result of any controversy, a video replay can be asked for by any participating teams.
  19. There may be only one 'ringer' in each team, a person who has not competed in that days competition.
  20. The Captain of the reigning championship team may choose to consume his beverage out of the trophy if he so wishes.

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