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.

  • In shocking news our M3 Rugby Beer Boat have qualified as the last crew to make the cut! Hopefully they can retain the hotly contested footship for the whole week 🙏 Top work lads
  • A brilliant performance from W2 this morning saw them qualify 4th from rowing on! They chased down St Hildas from four lengths back, over the 800m course, in what sets a great tone for the start of Eights 2018 🎉🎉🎉
  • Great to have alumnus and donor Steve Jefferies come down to Godstow this morning! Hope you had fun on the launch, we appreciated your coaching insights!! Looking forward to seeing even more alumni down at Eights in a couple of weeks 🎉
  • A great weekend of racing for us at Evesham regatta this weekend culminated in a Brasenose v Brasenose final in the Op4+ event. There was a canvas win for the crew pictured with their rivals left claiming they had been unfairly attacked by a goose with 200m to go! 
Our Women's 4+ rowed excellently on the Saturday, storming to victory over King Edward's 💪💪 Finally, our cox Toby de Mendonca was entered into the Op2x alongside Sam White without his knowledge. And incredibly they managed to win in the first round against all the odds and the sustained abuse from their team mates on the sidelines!
  • Read President Emily Tench's thoughts about our successful Hilary campaign, including videos from Torpids and HORR, here:
  • Our very own Andrew Linden rows in the Oxford Lightweights Nepthys crew tomorrow at the Henley Boat Races! 
Quite the turn around for a man whose technique was so bad when he joined that they changed his side to start afresh! However, what we do know is that from 2ks to undergrad freshers, this man knows how to pull...
  • On Sunday our men's crew raced in the Head of the River! They came home in 20:58.0 and even had time for a clash of blades with UCL just before Hammersmith Bridge before overtaking them #WinTheClash 💪💪 Sadly it was @vanleeuwen.ajt last race but it was a great way to go into retirement! 
Huge thanks to @maaboatclub for hosting us for the weekend!
  • We raced at the Women's Head of the River this Saturday posting a time of 23:40.4! A top effort and the facial expressions of stroke Emily Tench at the finish proves they couldn't have given any more 💪

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