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Rowing has opportunities for all levels of ability and experience to participate, whether at an elite-level in the University’s open-weight and lightweight crews or any level from complete beginner to highly competitive with inter-college crews. Rowing is inclusive to all genders, and we welcome enquiries from those with a disability regarding the accessibility of Rowing. 

Our Clubs

Oxford University Boat Club is responsible for selecting and training the Blue Boat and Isis reserve crew. The club trains on the water at Wallingford Boat House, approximately 12 miles from Oxford, and performs much of their land training at the rowing gyms and tank at Iffley Road Sports Centre. The club’s primary focus is the annual Varsity against Cambridge in The Boat Race which is held on the Tideway of the River Thames between Putney and Chiswick Bridges (approx.) over a course of 7414 yards (4 miles and 374 yards).

 

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The Oxford University Women’s Boat Club exists to encourage healthy, multi-dimensional scholar-athletes to transform their passion for rowing into exceptional athletic performance. The team is built from trust, a rare individual work ethic, mutual respect and the joy that comes from maximizing the power and spirit of women. The club trains in the rowing gyms and tank at Iffley Road Sports Centre, on the water in Wallingford, and enjoy a training camp abroad during the Christmas vacation. The club competes in an annual Varsity against Cambridge. In 2015, the Women’s Boat Club set a new precedent in 2015, competing against Cambridge at the Tideway on the River Thames, rather than Henley-on-Thames. The Boat Race is televised alongside the men.

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Men’s lightweight rowing is defined as a crew average of no more than 70kg (max individual 72.5kg). This is the competition requirement and entry into a lightweight squad may be above this weight. Nutrition advice is available through all squads. The club is interested in hearing from anyone at Oxford or thinking of applying who has rowed before, is under 85kg, and wants to train at the highest level.

The Club represents Oxford each year in an annual Varsity against Cambridge. In 2019, for the first time, the Lightweight Boat Race was held on the Tideway on thr River Thames. The Club also competes throughout the year in national and international races, including the British Universities Championships, the Fours and Eights Head of the River Races, Henley Royal Regatta and invitational exhibition events in Europe and beyond. 

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The Oxford University Women’s Lightweight Rowing Club trains to race against Cambridge in a 2km downstream annual Varsity at the Henley Boat Races in spring each year. The summer involves racing at some of the top regattas in the UK and abroad, including against other universities at BUCS, aiming to qualify for European Universities Championships, Gent, Henley Women’s Regatta, Henley Royal Regatta and the National Championships. We race as Tethys Boat Club at heads and regattas.
In Oxford, lightweight is defined for women as a max individual limit of 59kg. This is the competition requirement and entry into a lightweight squad may be above this weight. Nutrition advice is available through all squads. The squad trains for 11-12 sessions a week, both at the Fleming Boathouse in Wallingford, and at the OUBC gym at Iffley Road.
 

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Inter-College

Rowing at college-level is open to anyone, regardless of your level of prior experience. Rowing is one of the most widely-participated in sports at the university with most colleges having a boat club and within them many colleges boasting multiple crews. There are opportunities to race in all three of the academic terms, with a sprint regatta in Michaelmas designed to incorporate newcomers and college ‘bumps’ races in both Hilary and Trinity terms. ‘Bumps’ races consist of college crews being lined up one after the other a few metres apart in their positions from the prior year, when the canon goes off, the boats have the stretch of river from Donnington Bridge to Folly Bridge to catch up with the boat in front and ‘bump’ that boat with theirs. Upon successfully bumping, the boats then swap positions on the river on the start line the following day. The competition lasts four days, with the aim being to bump on each of the days, winning the honour of blades, and ultimately reach the top position of ‘Head of the River’. Inter-college rowing competitions are organised by a confederation of the boat clubs at the University, the 'Oxford University Rowing Clubs' (OURCs). For more information about rowing for your college, speak to your college sports rep or college boat club or visit the OURC's website

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  College Competitions
  Full Blue Sport
  Half Blue Sport
  BUCS Sport
  Competitive Teams/Squads
  Annual Varsity Match

 

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Oxford University Men's Boat Club

 

 

 

 

Oxford University Women's Boat Club

 

 

 

 

Oxford University Men's Lightweight Rowing

 

 

 

 

Oxford University Women's Lightweight Rowing

 

 

 

 

 
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