Interested in Rowing for Worcester?

Not only is Worcester one of the most stunningly beautiful and friendly of the Oxford colleges, it also boasts one of the most popular, vibrant and up-and-coming boat clubs in the university. Worcester College Boat Club was one of the first Oxford boat clubs to take part in the infamous ‘bumps racing’, an event which now takes place in Hilary Term (‘Torpids’) and Trinity Term (‘Summer Eights’). Rowing at the university is steeped in tradition and is a perfect way to immerse yourself in Oxford life.

Worcester has seen a lot of success on the water recently, with 2013 seeing Blades for M1 and W3, with M1 then qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta.  2015 has left W2 with Blades, W1 in Division 1 for Torpids and Eights and M1 in Division 1 for Torpids and second in Division 2 for Eights.  Both the Men’s and Women’s squads have also competed in a range of external events around the country including solid performances in the annual Head of the River Race and Women’s Head of the River Race on the Tideway in London.

Not only is rowing for Worcester a brilliant way to stay active and involved, it also boasts a vibrant social scene, both within Worcester itself and at an inter-collegiate level. Boat Club Dinners, pub crawls, cocktail parties and various other social events are a great way to meet new people and are always highlights of the term.

If you are interested in rowing and have never rowed before, then Michaelmas is the term for you. Dedicated coaches will teach you everything you need to know culminating in the all-novice Christ Church Regatta at the end of term. Just sign up at the Fresher’s Fair, come along to the introduction at the Boat House on Sunday of Freshers Week or email any of the addresses below for more information.

If you have rowed before and would like to continue at Worcester, please get in touch with our captains:

Men’s Captain – James Heatley – wcbc.menscaptain@worc…

Women’s Captain – Nicki Hubbard and Lydia Brindley – wcbc.womenscaptain@worc…

Every crew needs a cox, so if rowing is not your thing then maybe coxing will take your fancy. The role of a cox is crucial – steering the boat and making the right calls to ensure a race plan is carried out! If you are interested in coxing, you can learn in Michaelmas term – you needn’t have coxed before! Feel free to get in touch with our Captain of Coxes:

Captain of Coxes – Sophie Harbord – wcbc.coxing@worc…


WCBC subs are some of the lowest of any boat club subscription.  They are crucial for paying for the club and we rely on them to perform.  Subs are billed at the end of each term through battels. Do note that if the cost of rowing is the thing stopping you from taking up rowing, do have a chat with us – we will always be able to sort something out!  Subs may vary depending on how expensive or cheap the term is, but in general they follow this guideline:

Squad MT HT TT
First Season £20* N/A N/A
1st VIII N/A £40 £40
Other Rowers £25 £30 £30
Coxes £20 £25 £25
Scullers £15 £15 £15
Social £5 £5 £5

* A £5 charge for induction costs is added.