President's Welcome

Founded in 1823, Exeter College Boat Club is one of the oldest boat clubs in the world with a rich history of rowing excellence. The Club has held over a dozen Headships at Torpids and Summer Eights, and has seen victories in the Grand Challenge Cup and Ladies Challenge Plate at the Henley Royal Regatta. Our crews are now seeing their hard work herald a period of resurgence and, aided by our generous donors, we have been able to upgrade much of our equipment. ECBC is now looking to surge into Division I and revive active alumni participation in club activities, both competitive and social. Join us as we take on our competition in Oxford and beyond.

Trinity Term 2016 saw the arrival of two new racing eights at Exeter, following a successful fundraising campaign last year. A combination of the inaugural ECBC/ExVac ergathon and two generous donations from emeritus fellow Prof Raymond Dwek and an anonymous donor allowed the club to add two brand new Filippi F42 eights to our fleet, one for each of W1 and M1.

A boat naming ceremony was held the weekend before summer eights, and saw the two eights being blessed by the chaplain, as well as singing from the choir and words from the Rector and boat club President. The ceremony, a week before Summer Eights, ended with a lap of the Isis from each of the boat club’s first crews in their new boats, and was well attended by alumni and current students alike.

The women’s eight was named Sandra D, a tribute to the wife of boat club patron and emeritus fellow Prof Raymond Dwek, and the men’s eight was named Andúril, the sword reforged to vanquish evil in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings.

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This year the Exeter women put out a mixed boat with Oriel men in the Gilpin’s Gin Oriel Regatta 2016, for the crewdate competition (4 men from one college combined with 4 women from another college).

The combined squad had a successful day progressing all the way to the semi finals, but were denied the final by the Mansfield women (W2) and OUL, in round 2 seeing off St Peters men and Hertford women (W2), and in the quarter finals, seeing off Wadham women and Brasenose men.

The crew were also due to race in the B final, however, Oriel men were almost too successful – also making the B final with the Pembroke women, and thus the race was cancelled due to the Oriel men not being able to fill both boats at the same time!

The full set of result are available here.

Some photos of the event follow below:

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The date of the next ECBC Dinner will be the 28th of May 2016 (5th week). More details, including cost, to follow here as well as on the events page in our calendar.

The dinner follows the last day of Summer Eights (event page, information page). Be sure to head down to the river before coming to enjoy a delicious food in the Exeter College Hall.

If you are interested in finding out more about the dinner or any of the other events mentioned, please contact a member of our committee.

**limited offer – be sure to order before Wednesday 1st June 2016**

ECBC is pleased to announce that there will be a selection of ECBC kit available for alumni. If you would like to purchase ECBC stash items, please fill out the form on the link below before Wednesday 1st June 2016. Payment will be accepted in the form of cheques payable to The Bursar, Exeter College.

Download ECBC Alumni Kit Order Form here.

Please return your completed form and cheque to the following address:

Kate Pearson,
Boat Club Secretary,
Exeter College,
Turl Street,
Oxford,
OX1 3DP

Today, members of Exeter College are taking part in a 220km sponsored “ergathon” – a row from Exeter to Exeter, to raise money for ECBC and the college charity, ExVac.

ExVac is a charity which takes disadvantaged children in the Oxfordshire area on a week’s holiday during the Easter Vac.  For more information, please visit http://exvac.co.uk/

After an hour we have completed about 30 km of this distance – only 190 to go!

Best of luck to everyone!

If you would like to support us, please donate at our President’s fundraising page here – all your donations will be split 50/50 between the two organisations.

**Update**

We are pleased to announce that with the combined efforts of ECBC, ExVac and volunteers we managed to complete the 220km distance in a time of 8 hours 45 minutes, raising a total of over £5000 to be split between ECBC and ExVac.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part and supported the event, and thank you all for your kind donations!

Results from the crews on day 4:

Saturday 27th – Day 4

Exeter Crew Starting Position Finishing Position Crews Bumped Bumped By Overall
 W I  7 Div 3  6 Div 3  Queens  —  Bump
 M I  3 Div 3  3 Div 3  —  —  Rowed over
 M II  11 Div 5  10 Div 5  Worcester II  —  Bump

The final results of the bumps are available on OxBumps Website and the official results will become available on the OURCs website here.

Video of M1, Div 3 Race, Day 4 of Torpids 2016

Photos from Day 4 (and a few from previous days) of Torpids 2016

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Photo credit: Hilary Wynne and Jenny Weeks

Results from the crews on day 3:

Friday 26th – Day 3

Exeter Crew Starting Position Finishing Position Crews Bumped Bumped By Overall
 W I  7 Div 3  7 Div 3  —  —  Rowed over
 M I  3 Div 3  3 Div 3  —  —  Rowed over
 M II  12 Div 5  11 Div 5  Pembroke III  —  Bump

 

The schedule for the last day of racing tomorrow (27th February) is as follows:

M2 – 13.00 11th in Division 5, chasing Worcester II
W1 – 14.30 7th in Division 3, chasing Queens
M1 – 15.00 3rd in Division 3, chasing Queens

As always, you can follow live updates of the bumps on the OxBumps Website as well as on twitter by following the #Torpids16 hashtag. Official results are available on the OURCs website here.

 

Photos from Day 3 of Torpids


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Photo credit: Hilary Wynne

Today marked the halfway point of the four day Oxford Torpids bumps regatta, which concludes this Saturday 27th February.

Thus far ECBC has had a great deal of success, with each crew having already having bumped! A summary of the results is given below:

 

Wednesday 24th – Day 1

Exeter Crew Starting Position Finishing Position Crews Bumped Bumped By Overall
 W I  9 Div 3  8 Div 3  St John’s II  —  Bump
 M I  3 Div 3  2 Div 3  Christ Church II  —  Bump
 M II  1 Div 6  2 Div 6  —  Merton II  Bumped

 

Thursday 25th – Day 2

Exeter Crew Starting Position Finishing Position Crews Bumped Bumped By Overall
 W I  8 Div 3  7 Div 3  Merton  —  Bump
 M I  2 Div 3  3 Div 3  —  Keble  Bumped
 M II  2 Div 6  12 Div 5  St John’s III, Mansfield II  —  Bump, Up Divsion

 

Make sure you stay tuned to see if the Exeter women continue their clean streak towards blades! The timings for the next couple of days are as follows:

M2 – 12.00 12th in Division 5
W1 – 14.30 7th in Division 3
M1 – 15.00 3rd in Division 3

You can follow live updates of the bumps on the OxBumps Website as well as on twitter by following the #Torpids16 hashtag. Official results are available on the OURCs website here.

 

Photos from first day of racing:

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PHOTOS FROM Second DAY OF RACING:

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Photo credit: Jenny Weeks

After the delays caused by a high river and stream from heavy rainfall, it was unclear if the Torpids qualifying “rowing on” regatta would take place for lower division crews, with the original date of Friday 19th cancelled. However, fortunately there was a good few clear days and the flag dropped to blue, allowing crews with an x-status cox to compete.

Exeter only had one men’s crew for qualifying this year, due to unfortunate circumstances resulting in no women’s second eight being entered (Exeter will also be racing a men’s and women’s first crew in Torpids). Nevertheless Exeter managed to make its presence known with a strong and comfortable row placing the M2 crew 5th in rowing on qualifying. Some results shown below:

Pos Time Crew Start Finish Div
1 3:02.5 LMH M2 32:09.0 35:11.5 1
2 3:07.5 Merton M2 31:17.0 34:24.5 1
3 3:07.5 Balliol M3 41:25.0 44:32.5 1
4 3:08.0 Christ Church M3 50:06.0 53:14.0 3
5 3:10.5 Exeter M2 39:12.5 42:23.0 1
6 3:10.5 SEH M4 56:58.0 00:08.5 3
7 3:12.5 Keble M3 52:00.5 55:13.0 3
8 3:15.0 Wolfson M4 44:09.0 47:24.0 1
9 3:16.0 St Anthony’s M2 35:01.5 38:17.5 1
10 3:16.5 Balliol M5 36:06.5 39:23.0 1

The remainder of provisional results are available here on the ATM website.

UPDATE: Official Results available on the OURCs website here.

This result bodes well for the prospects of the whole of ECBC, with everyone training hard ready for the first bumps of the year.

Torpids will be running from Wednesday 24th through to the final day of racing on Saturday 27th February. Alumni, family and friends are all invited to enjoy the races from the comfort of the Exeter College Boat House as well as from the other great viewing points such as Donnington Bridge (google maps link). We would delighted to have your support!

More information on this years Torpids is available on our Torpids Page, as well as here on the Oxford University Rowing Club (OURCs) website.

The Exeter College Boat Club was the February photo in the EXVAC Naked Calendar!

February is the ECBC ExVac Calendar Month

February is the ECBC ExVac Calendar Month


 

All proceeds went towards ExVac. ExVac is a charity run by the students of Exeter College, Oxford, who every year run two holidays for children aged 7-11 from the Oxford area who need a holiday. Some of the kids are young carers, or have never been on holiday before, and some are referred by social services for other reasons.

ExVac heavily relies on the generosity of business, trusts, schools and other organisations to fund the holidays each year.

ExVac, Exeter College Oxford Charity

ExVac, Exeter College Oxford Charity


 

Find out more about ExVac, their events, and what they do on their website.

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