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Oriel College Boat Club

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Oriel College Boat Club
Coach(es) Jack Carlson, Charlie Jenkins, Ben Duggan
Location Oxford
Affiliations Oxford University Rowing Clubs (OURCs)
Oriel Regatta

Wyndham's Regatta

Ernst and Young

Oriel College Boat Club (commonly abbreviated to OCBC) is a rowing club for members of Oriel College, Oxford. OCBC is the most successful boat club in Oxford University rowing history having held both the Headships for Torpids and Summer Eights numerous times. The club has a strong history of providing rowers for the university races against Cambridge and many alumni have gone on to become Olympians.

OCBC is supported by two alumni associations, the Tortoise Club for and the Blessed Virgins Club, who work to continue the proud tradition of rowing at Oriel.


Recent successes and developments

Head of the River Race 2012:

  • 232nd place, Oriel College, 00:20:10.84

Wallingford Regatta 2012:

  • 6th place, IM3.4+
  • 6th place, IM1.2-

Oriel College Men's 1st VIII currently sits Head of the River in Summer Eights having bumped Christ Church on Wednesday of Eights 2011.

The Women's 1st Boat sits 9th in Torpids and 10th in Summer Eights.



OCBC is open to all fully matriculated members of Oriel College, Oxford.


The Boat Club has no joining fee and all costs including transport, racking fees, equipment and entrance fees are paid for by sponsorship and alumni donations.



OCBC has three men's and two women's crews who train regularly.


The Men's 1st VIII has a full schedule of racing, competing in prestigious external regattas including the Head of the River Race and the Henley Royal Regatta, as well as Torpids and Summer Eights. All other crews compete in Torpids and Summer Eights as well as the Isis Winter League races.

OCBC runs two regattas. Oriel Regatta is a regatta for University, college, composite and club crews held on the Isis in the 7th Week of Trinity Term. Wyndham's regatta is held in Michaelmas Term and is only open to members and alumni of OCBC.


OCBC employs three coaches; a Men's 1st VIII coach, a coach for the lower men's boats and a Women's Coach. Novice coaching is currently overseen by the Captain and members of the 1st VIIIs.


The Men's 1st VIII trains on the Thames at Wallingford boating from the Oxford Brookes boathouse. The training schedule is intense with up to 6 water sessions a week. The other crews train on the Isis and boat from the Oriel boathouse on Boathouse Island. All crews make use of the ergometers at the Oriel boathouse and the weights gym at Oriel College. Both 1st Torpids take part in a week-long training camp at the end of Hilary Term.



The club has excellent equipment including a new Empacher 8+, a Filippi 8+, several other 8s and many smaller boats.

OCBC owns a fleet of Concept 2 Model D ergometers.


The OCBC Boathouse is on Boathouse Island adjacent to Christ Church Meadows. The well-equipped boathouse is shared with Lincoln and Queen's.

Gym Facilities

Members of OCBC make good use of the Oriel college gym which is well stocked with weights and ergometers. The college runs another gym at the James Mellon Hall accommodation block which boasts cardio machines as well as weights and ergometers.


The club is funded by sponsorship from Ernst & Young as well as gifts and donations from alumni including the two alumni clubs; the Tortoise Club and the Blessed Virgins Club.


OCBC has a busy and varied social schedule with crewdates, club dinners and drinks evenings.


The Committee

The OCBC Committee meets at least once a term to discuss matters affecting the boat club. The voting members of the Committee are; the Captain of Boats, the Women's Captain of Boats, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Senior Member. There are other non-voting members of the Committee including the Captain of Coxes and the secretary of the Ernst & Young Oriel Regatta.



External links

Oriel College Boat Club website

Oxford University Rowing Clubs