Wednesday 13th July 2016 saw our annual Captain's Night take place at the boat house. This is an electoral event for all club members to come together and vote for a new Men's, Women's, and Club Captain to represent the club.
Congratulations to the following in being sucessfully nominated:
Club Captain: Howard Aiken
Men's Captain: Rupert Pye-Watson
Women's Captain: Louisa Taylor
Nick Rogers, our former Club Captain has also now taken up the position as Club Chairman.
Best of luck for 2016/2017!
Henley Royal Regatta 2016
Sadly the Henley run has come to an end for the Senior Men. A good battle with See-Club Luzern, the 2015 Swiss National Champions - they remain undefeated as a crew! We wish them the best of luck for the rest of the Regatta.
OXFORD CITY ROYAL REGATTA & SPRINT REGATTA - 2016 EVENT DETAILs
Entries will open via BROE on 10th July and close at 6pm on 10th August. We are always oversubscribed for many categories so please enter early and ensure your entries are paid in full before the
deadline. Entries from CORC members will be restricted, so please consult squad and Club captains before making an entry.
Please check the event page for more information.
MEN'S SQUAD PRE-SEASON MEETINGS 2015
As the season commences the Men's Squad will be holding pre-season meetings to outline the aims for the coming year. This is a great opportunity to come along and meet everyone (rowers, coaches and coxes), and to see if we have what you're after. To find out more about the Men's Squads, check out the Men's Squad page.
Tier 1 meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 2nd September from 1830 onwards in the club bar. Tier 2 and the Development Squad meetings will take place straight after at about 8pm. Come along and meet us!
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MEN'S SENIOR SQUAD - REGATTA SEASON 2015
The Men's Senior Squad once again had a successful regatta season, building on their results of 65th and 139th at HORR 2015.
In April, the men's and women's senior squads travelled to Ghent for the 2nd year in a row, where good Spring weather (until the day of the regatta!) meant putting good mileage in, predominantly in fours. Shortly after our return to Oxford, we lined up for the City Bumps, in coxed fours, where we duly retained the Headship in what has become routine fashion.
In May, regatta season proper began. Early performances at Bedford were disappointing, but a 3rd place finish in IM2 8+ at Nottingham showed what the squad was capable of, despite injuries to some of the the more experienced athletes.
By the time the Metropolitan Regatta (Dorney Lake) arrived, the squad had been cut to a lean 8+ and 4-. Racing at IM2 on Saturday, the 8+ were competitive, coming 4th in their semi final and just missing out on the final, in what was a huge draw. The IM1 4- advanced from their heat to the repecharge, where they finished 5th. On Sunday, the exciting "British Champs" format for the 8+ saw them qualify in their time trial as the fastest boat in the E/F bracket; the crew duly went on to win their semi and then final - a feat that would have won them the IM3 category which they were eligible for.
The crews continued to improve throughout June; finally, the moment had come for the 8+, as they took on allcomers to win IM3 at Reading Regatta in convincing style. They followed this up with an IM2 race at Marlow Regatta, finishing 4th in the B final. The IM1 4-, with a late crew change due to injury, finished a very promising 2nd in their B final.
The culmination of the season, once again, was Henley Royal Regatta. This year, both crews were required to qualify the Friday before the 5 day event. As expected, the 8+ coasted through qualifying, confirming to the club that they belonged in the main draw. All eyes were then on the 4-, who qualified brilliantly, despite suffering equipment failure (a broken rudder wire) 200m in to their qualifying run. The club continued to build on the previous years' success, with 2 boats in the main draw.
City of Oxford were represented by an eight in the Thames Challenge Cup and a coxless four in the Wyfold Challenge Cup at the 176th Henley Royal Regatta.
The Thames Cup eight (Kazem Edmond, Tom Rushton, Matt Jones, Rupert Pye-Watson, Justin Lowen, Tom Cregan, Harry Robinson, Henry Drohan, coxed by Suzy Drohan) took on Leander in their first round on Wednesday morning. City pushed the Leander boys for most of the 2,112m course, with Leander only stretching away in the final part of the race to take the win by 2 and a half lengths.
The Wyfold coxless four (Richard Barnwell, Matt Barnwell Luke Kelly, Peter Kerswell-Jensen) raced well but were beaten by Sydney RC in their first round, a superior crew who had travelled a long way to be there.
With the season over, the Men's Senior Squad gave a fond farewell to some of those who were so dedicated over the past few years, but look forward to building on their successes in to the 2015/16 season.
Malcolm Nisbet, outgoing Men's Captain