Oxford University Boat Club
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
LocationWallingford, Oxford
Home waterRiver Thames
Founded1829 (1829)
UniversityUniversity of Oxford
AffiliationsBritish Rowing

Oxford University Boat Club (OUBC) is the rowing club for the University of Oxford, England, located on the River Thames at Oxford. The club was founded in 1829.

The prime constitutional aim of OUBC is to beat Cambridge University Boat Club in the annual University Boat Race and Lightweight Boat Races on the River Thames.[1] OUBC's Openweight Men's squad currently trail Cambridge in the series by 86 races to 81, with 1 dead heat in The Boat Race 1877, while the Openweight Women's squad trail Cambridge by 45 races to 30.[2] The Lightweight Men's squad trail Cambridge by 29 races to 19, and the Lightweight Women's squad trail Cambridge by 22 races to 17.[3]

The reserve crews are called Isis (Openweight Men), Osiris (Openweight Women), Nepthys (Lightweight Men) and Tethys (Lightweight Women).

OUBC was one of five clubs which retained the right until 2012 to appoint representatives to the Council of British Rowing. The others were Leander Club, London Rowing Club, Thames Rowing Club and Cambridge University Boat Club.[4]


OUBC's boat house on the Isis (as the Thames is known at Oxford) burnt down in 1999 and much archival material, including photographs, was lost. OUBC now rows from its new purpose-built boat house in Wallingford, south of Oxford, following a successful fundraising appeal from 2004 to 2007. The boathouse was designed following a limited competition by Tuke Manton Architects LLP.[5] The club has the use of the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake in south Oxfordshire for training purposes, along with the GB Rowing squad and University College Oxford Boat Club.


British champions

Year Winning crew/s
1983 Men 8+
1995 Men 2+ (Isis)
1996 Men 2+
1997 Men 4x
1998 Men 4x (Isis)
2001 Men 4-, Men 8+ (with Isis) [6]
2011 Open lightweight 2x (Isis) [7]
2016 Open 4- (Isis) [8]

Key = 2, 4, 8 (crew size), x (sculls), - (coxless), + (coxed)

Henley Royal Regatta

Year Races won
1843 Grand Challenge Cup
1844 Stewards' Challenge Cup
1845 Stewards' Challenge Cup
1846 Stewards' Challenge Cup
1847 Grand Challenge Cup
1848 Grand Challenge Cup
1850 Grand Challenge Cup, Stewards' Challenge Cup, Silver Goblets
1851 Grand Challenge Cup
1852 Grand Challenge Cup, Stewards' Challenge Cup
1853 Grand Challenge Cup, Stewards' Challenge Cup
1888 Silver Goblets
1890 Silver Goblets
1892 Silver Goblets
1893 Silver Goblets
1965 Thames Challenge Cup (Isis)
1968 Ladies' Challenge Plate (Cherwell)
1973 Britannia Challenge Cup (Isis)
1981 Grand Challenge Cup
1989 Stewards' Challenge Cup, Visitors' Challenge Cup (Isis)
1995 Visitors' Challenge Cup (Isis)
1997 Stewards' Challenge Cup
1998 Visitors' Challenge Cup (Isis)
2004 Visitors' Challenge Cup
2005 Stewards' Challenge Cup
2006 Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup
2009 Visitors' Challenge Cup (Isis)

See also


  1. ^ "Sports Yearbook 2012" (PDF). University of Cambridge Sport. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2024.
  2. ^ "The Boat Race: Results". Boat Race Company Ltd. Retrieved 14 January 2024.
  3. ^ "The Lightweight Boat Races: Results". Retrieved 14 January 2024.
  4. ^ "Corporate Governance Structure". British Rowing. Archived from the original on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  5. ^ Tuke Manton Architects. Accessed 2010-09-02
  6. ^ ""The Daily results service." Times, 23 July 2001, p. 10". The Times. 23 July 2001. pp. 10[S].
  7. ^ "2011 Championships - Results of Sunday Racing". British Rowing Championships. Archived from the original on 6 December 2016.
  8. ^ "2016 British Rowing Senior Championships" (PDF). British Rowing.