Corporate Eights Challenge

 We are now taking entries for 2017 Corporate Challenge

Please get in touch with Rosalind Mitchell at: 

Local companies are invited to supply mixed crews of eight people with little or no prior rowing experience for this fantastic team building experience. The event consists of 9 sessions including 8 training sessions and the race itself. Training sessions are twice weekly during the four weeks prior to the event. City of Oxford Rowing Club provides all the necessary equipment and coaching to bring the crews up to a competent standard.

As well as being good fun, the Corporate Eights Challenge is an opportunity for company members to take part in a novel team building exercise and to meet other professionals from a variety of local businesses. An integrated, positive crew spirit is vital to rowing success, with everyone playing his or her own role in an atmosphere of friendly competition. Rowing is a sport which requires focus and dedication, whilst providing a great way of improving fitness and making friends at the same time! In addition to all the hard work involved, the Club bar is open after training to enable colleagues to relax and recover from their exertions on the river.

Training commences in July, with the first sessions being Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th July. There will be four training slots available with 2 crews per slot, as follows:

Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm
Mondays and Wednesdays 7:30pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30pm

Crews will train twice a week during the four weeks leading up to the race (there is no training allowed on the Monday or Tuesday of the week of the race). The regatta will be held on the evening of Wednesday, 23rd August. Colleagues, family and friends are invited to spectate, and the racing will be followed by prize giving and a barbeque.

We are able to take 8 crews in total. The total cost per crew is £1,200. This includes:

  • Coaching by experienced and dedicated coaches (coxes will also be provided, don't worry!)
  • Access to training equipment
  • Trip to rowing tank (Iffley Road)
  • Race entry (including food at the event)
  • Insurance cover

Crews who took part in the 2016 event

1) Freeths

2) Penningtons Manches

3) Trip Advisor

4) Oxford Policy Management 

5) Harley Davidson

6) Oxford University Press

7) Poyry



Winners will be presented with distinctive pewter tankards and their company will receive a trophy to keep. The company name will be engraved on the Corporate Eight Challenge Cup which remains at the club.

Runners up will be presented with medals and their company will receive a trophy to keep. All other participants will receive a medal for taking part.


2016 Trip Advisor (Cup), Harley Davidson (Plate)

2015 OPM (Cup), Henmans Freeth Solicitors (Plate)

2014 Savills (Cup) Holiday Lettings (Cup),

2013 Holiday Lettings (Cup), Concha y Toro (Plate)

2012 Harley Davidson (Cup), BrookStreet des Roches LLP (Plate)

2011 Harley Davidson (Cup), Schlumberger (Plate)
2010 Holiday Lettings (Cup), Harley Davidson (Plate)
2009 Hamptons International (Cup), Sharp (Plate)
2008 Holiday Lettings
2007 Sharp (Cup), Manches (Plate)
2006 Schlumberger
2005 Harwell Scientifics Ltd
2004 Harley Davidson Motor Company
2003 R.T. Harris & Sons
2002 Hewden Hire Centres
2001 R.T. Harris & Sons
2000 Exitech
1999 Bookham Technology

Corporate Eights is a fabulous, fun event to take part in, building terrific camaraderie within crews and giving participants the opportunity to try out a fantastic sport - indeed, many of the Club's members joined as a result of taking part. I have competed in the event over the last few years (as a cox) and can thoroughly recommend it. I am very much looking forward to running Corporate Eights and do hope that you will take part.

Please do get in touch should you have any questions. To ensure your place, please arrange payment. Cheques should be made payable to City of Oxford Rowing Club and sent to The Treasurer, City of Oxford Rowing Club, Meadow Lane, Oxford, OX4 4BL. Bank transfers can be made to the following account: CORC, Sort Code: 20-65-18 A/C No. 90258938. Please let me know if you require an invoice.

If you are unable to take part in Corporate Eights this year but might be interested in a bespoke corporate rowing event at another time, please email me to discuss options.

City of Oxford Rowing Club

City Boathouse

Meadow Lane



Tel: 01865 242576

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