About the club

Balliol College Boat Club (BCBC) is the rowing club for members of Balliol College, Oxford, England. It is one of the college boat clubs at the University of Oxford.

Balliol College Boat Club competes in rowing regattas organised by Oxford University Rowing Clubs, including Torpids and Summer Eights, as well as external regattas such as Marlow Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta.


The earliest definite allusion to Balliol rowing is in 1823, when there was a “boat match between the Rowers of Balliol and Christ Church, which was won by the former, after a well-contested race.”Balliol was certainly one of the four colleges competing in an eight in the summer races of 1825. Two Balliol men rowed for Oxford in the first University Boat Race at Henley in 1829, in a boat lent by Balliol for the occasion. Full details of our history can be found here.

We are always looking for more stories and pictures from our history. If you have any to share, please contribute them here or e-mail us.

Support BCBC!

If you are a current student or faculty member at Balliol, your best way to support us is by joining! Rowing and coxing are fantastic experiences that really connect you to college life.

Friends and family might consider donating to the Boat Club. The club provides a hugely valuable opportunity to students and the college community, but buying boats is expensive. The more funding we have available, the more rowers we are able to put on the water!

Finally, Balliol College Boat Club is currently looking for a primary corporate sponsor. As Oxford’s largest postgraduate college boat club, Balliol provides a number of unique advantages for our sponsors. You can find more information about sponsorship by clicking here.