Boat Race (otherwise known as Morning Exercise) can be rung by ringing parts of the line of Oxford Treble Bob and parts of the line of Cambridge Surprise.
In Cambridge, we say that it is "Cambridge in front and Oxford behind", but in Oxford, they describe it as "Oxford above and Cambridge below". However, the effect is the same; when you are below the treble, you ring Cambridge, when you are above the treble, you ring Oxford. (If you ring it the other way round, 2nds place bell is rather repetitive; it does the slow work on the front in Oxford, then makes seconds in Cambridge and becomes 2nds place bells again.)
In the diagrams below, I've coloured the work below the treble in Cambridge green; you can see how each of the chunks appears below the treble in Boat Race, but not in the same order. Similarly, the work above the treble in Oxford is coloured purple and these bits also appear in Boat Race. Yes, I realise that dodging with the treble, you could be said to be briefly above and below the treble, but as it can make no difference to the line, I've left these bits as blue.
The changes of method where you are dodging with the treble are probably easiest, as you ought to know which of your dodges are with the treble in each method anyway, which should help you locate the next bit of blue line. The changes of method where you just pass the treble are trickier, particularly going into Cambridge.
Note that some of the bits are quite short, before swapping back to the other method, especially making Cambridge 5ths below the treble at the back, between two chunks of Oxford. Also the brief forays into making 4ths in Oxford, then going back down to ring Cambridge when get back below the treble.
|Cambridge Surprise||Cambridge - below||Boat Race||Oxford - above||Oxford Treble Bob|
I hope this lines up OK on your screen, so that each note comes next to a change in method, i.e. where you pass the treble. Please let me know if it doesn't.
|Each bell starts above the treble, so always start in Oxford.|
|Dodging with the treble signals a change in method. The 3-4 dodge with the treble in Cambridge is the middle one of the 3-4 places, so we've just got the last half of the places to ring, before going in to dodge and lead.|
|Passing the treble in 2-3 puts us into 3-4 with the treble below, so we must make a place (in 4ths) and go back in.|
|So we become 2nds place bell, dodging with the treble and ringing a nice relaxing bit of Cambridge for a while.|
|Passing the treble in 4-5 isn't as difficult as you might think, as you always do dodge-lie-dodge at the back in Oxford, which gives a bit of time to decide what comes next. You come down to 3-4, realise the treble is still below you, so make a place (3rds) and go back out to dodge again.|
|The 5-6 down dodge is with the treble, so you just do 5ths in Cambridge, before coming up to ring Oxford again.|
|It's the reverse of what you've just rung, so dodge-lie-dodge, thirds, dodge-lie-dodge.|
|Passing the treble in 5-4 brings a change into Cambridge; a bit trickier this one - go down to the front-work.|
|Dodging with the treble in 1-2, resist the temptation to make seconds over it and ring Oxford. Again, you're going up to 3-4 with the treble below you, so you know to make a place in 4ths and go back in.|
|Passing the treble in 3-2 may be familiar from 6ths place bell Cambridge; you lead and dodge, then go up to 3-4 places.|
|The middle dodge is with the treble, so switch to Oxford and treble-bob gently up to the back and in again to meet the treble in 3-4 again.|