Brasenose College Boat Club

The World’s Oldest Collegiate Boat Club 


Brasenose has been rowing on the Isis river, in Oxford, since 1815. This makes us, along with Jesus College, the oldest collegiate boat club in the world! We have been successful throughout our proud history, winning the Summer Eights Headship 24 times.


The club is open to any member of Brasenose College and has a dedicated novice programme, so anyone can give rowing a go! Whatever your level of commitment or athletic ability, there is a place in the boat club for you.


Emily Tench

President 2017/18

Emily Tench - President

Welcome to Brasenose Boat Club!

I’m very honoured to be the President of the oldest collegiate boat club in the world and am proud to be a part of such a fun and welcoming student organisation.

When I joined Brasenose in 2015, I wasn’t sure whether to take up rowing or not. I had rowed previously but was considering trying out a new sport instead. However the enthusiasm of the rowing captains convinced me that it would be a great way to meet fellow students and also have a lot of fun.

Fast forward two years and I can definitely say that I’ve had an incredible amount of fun.

Rowing has really been a highlight of my time at Oxford and I am very grateful to the boat club committees, past and present, for making the club such a success.

  • Only the chef got food poisoning so a successful first Alumni BBQ! Thanks to everyone who came 🙏 more events to come! 🎉
  • The timetable for the BBQ has been confirmed! 54 people have signed up so far 🎉🎉 still time to sign up if you haven't yet, link in our bio
  • BNCBC ABROAD: spotted in Georgia and Greece, keeping fit with a bit of hiking🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏼‍♀️ We love seeing BNBC kit travelling the world 🌍🌎 #activeholiday #hiking #rowing #fitness
  • Over 40 people already registered for the Alumni BBQ on 22nd September, looks like it's going to be a great day! 
Races, food, and drinks at the boathouse from midday. Sign up link in our bio 🎉🎉🎉
  • Throwback to our first official committee trip to Henley Royal Regatta! It was great to be recognised by lots of our alumni, keep in touch 😊
  • CONGRATULATIONS to all the students who have made their offers and will be joining us at Brasenose this coming year! 
Looking forward to seeing lots of new faces join the boatclub!! No experience needed, get in touch if you want to know more

#rowing #resultsday #brasenosecollege #brasenose
  • Join us for our inaugural Alumni Summer BBQ, Saturday 22nd September!

There will be a BBQ and drinks on our boathouse balcony and an opportunity to get back into a boat with some our current members and past crew mates!

Register here:  or email ‘’
  • If you have ever rowed, coxed, coached, or even just supported Brasenose Boat Club at any time then come down to the Boathouse on Saturday 22nd September for our inaugural Summer BBQ!

Take the opportunity to catch up with people on the balcony with our bar and BBQ from midday.

Race with your old crews and settle the scores from 1pm in side-by-side and mini-bumps races. Even challenge our current crews. 
Races and the bar will finish at 4pm at which point we can head down to the Head of the River pub. 
To confirm your place (so we have enough burgers!) just message the Boat Club Facebook page or email

Bring your friends and family too

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