Summer VIIIs 2013: 22-25 May
Summer VIIIs racing starts on Wednesday 22 May, and MCBC has 8 boats entered to race. Old members, families, and friends are welcome to join us at the boathouse to support the crews and watch the racing. Racing takes place from midday Wednesday to Friday with alternating Mens and Womens divisions every half hour, building up the the first divisions at 5:15pm (Women) and 5:45pm (men). Note that on Saturday all times are one hour earlier.
Magdalen has four crews entered in fixed divisions, and a further four crews hoping to gain a place in the rowing on divisions. The crews and positions can be found in the results.
Welcome to Magdalen College Boat Club, one of the premier Boat Clubs in Oxford. Magdalen has a long tradition of rowing and the Boat Club celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008. The tremendous success that Magdalen has achieved in the inter-collegiate bumps competitions, Torpids and Summer Eights, as well as in external events from Henley Royal Regatta to the Olympics, puts Magdalen College Boat Club among the very best in Oxford rowing – and indeed rowing generally. Magdalen also has a very strong association with the University squads, and has an enviable record of supplying oarsmen for Blue Boat crews to race against Cambridge.
In recent years, Magdalen has been a prolific force in Oxford bumps racing, with the men Head of the River in Torpids in 2008 and having been Head in Summer Eights 2004 - 2007. Women’s rowing is also very strong, with the 1st boat Head of the River in Torpids for the last 3 years. Magdalen prides itself on providing the very best in equipment and professional coaching - the coaching team is currently headed by Donald Legget, a Cambridge University Boat Club coach for over 40 years and former coach of several Olympic and World Championship crews and Mike Genchi who was the chief coach for the GB openweight men from 1987 to 1994 and is currently the OUWBC head coach.
There is great strength in depth within the club, and we frequently field six eights of novices for Christ Church Regatta in Michaelmas term. Most people have never rowed before coming to Oxford and there is room for people of all abilities – Magdalen typically puts out at least four men’s boats and two women’s boats for Torpids and Summer Eights with great success. Indeed, five of the 2008 men’s 1st boat which took the Torpids Headship had never rowed before coming to Magdalen.
If you are interested in rowing at Magdalen, please don’t hesitate to contact Captain of Boats, James Bradford.