WATCH: The Brown Cup boat race is an annual contest between two rowing crews from the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria.
Conceived as a friendly rivalry between coaches Howard Campbell of UVic and Joe Dowd of UBC, the first race was raced on the Gorge Waterways in 1991. Women’s crews were included in 1992 when the race was raced in Coal Harbour and from then forward the Brown Cup Boat Races have became one of the most prestigious sporting events in the Pacific Northwest.
The format of the race is a dual style head-to-head race where two crews start side-by-side and race the best line over the set distance on either the Gorge Waterway or the Fraser River. Watched live around the world, the Brown Cup Races have become a fixture in the Canadian rowing calendar.
The 2019 Brown Cup event on March 30, starting at 9 a.m., will be hosted at the Gorge Waterway in Victoria, B.C. Prime viewing spots are on the Selkirk Trestle, the Johnson Street Bridge and at the viewing party at the Delta Hotel. The varsity races will be live webcast through the