• The Boat Race 2024

    The Boat Race 2024

    Postgraduate student Tessa Haining (Balliol 2023, MPhil Modern Languages) will row in the Oxford University Boat Club Women’s Blue Boat competing against Cambridge in the Gemini Boat Race 2024. Two other Balliol women are in the Oxford Women’s Squad 2024. Rowing at number three, Tessa previously rowed for four years in the Harvard-Radcliffe Rowing crew.…

  • Torpids 2024 (Tug of Warpids)

    Torpids 2024 (Tug of Warpids)

    Dear Balliol College Boat Club, It is with great excitement and a hint of oar-ful disappointment that I present to you the riveting tale of BCBC’s recent rowing escapade at Warpids. While Torpids may be on hiatus, PCBC invited us to indulge in a different kind of rowing revelry – the Tug of War Extravaganza!…

  • Autumn Fours 2023

    Autumn Fours 2023

    The senior women had a great result at Autumn Fours, coming second only to Univ by half a length in the final.

  • Christchurch regatta 2023

    Christchurch regatta 2023

    Christchurch Regatta was discontinued after last year and replaced by Michaelmas Novice Regatta (MNR) organised by Linacre Boat Club. The Men’s first novice boat (A) had a fantastic rage against Oriel MB on the first day, winning by over half of the course! They were stopped from racing on days 2 and 3 (due to…

  • Summer Eights 2023

    Summer Eights 2023

    Women’s side Trinity Term saw a boost in training and moral, with W1 cycling to Abingdon for the first time. W2 once again qualified for Summer Eights, rowing on with ease. It was a great week of rowing, with lots of supporters cheering on the crews, and everyone racing sporting the iconic red bucket hat.…

  • Torpids 2023

    Torpids 2023

    Women’s side In Hilary Term, the second VIII qualified comfortably for Torpids – a great improvement on the previous year. Overall, the women’s side had the most success Torpids since before the pandemic. W2 went +2 despite multiple klaxons in their division, and W1 also went +2, moving up to 5th in Division 2. Open…

  • Fundraising Campaign

    Fundraising Campaign



    Around a quarter of all Balliol current students compete in rowing at some point during their time at College. Old Member generosity supports and improves all areas of rowing at Balliol, from the maintenance of Ergs and Boats; travel costs to and from regattas; and essential kit for students. Rowing costs around £90,000 each year…

  • Celebrating 40 Years of Women at Balliol

    Celebrating 40 Years of Women at Balliol



    On the morning following the dinner in hall celebrating 40 years of women at Balliol, a contingent of our alumnae made it to the boathouse to relive memories of outings on the Isis. From ex-blues to some who had managed to survive their time at university without ever sitting in a boat (only now discovering…

  • Eights 2019

    Eights 2019

    Summer VIIIs 2019 marked a good week for BCWBC. W1 continued their strong performance from Torpids and climbed +3 into div one, which is the biggest net gain since the glorious headship days. The girls started out on top of div 2 on Wednesday but got bumped by a strong Jesus W1 only a few…

  • HT19 Update

    HT19 Update

    A term’s worth of training culminated in Torpids 2019 where we entered two women’s boats, with W1 starting 3rd in Division II, and W2 starting 5th in Division IV. Our W1 stormed their way through the 4 days of racing, bumping twice on day 2 to get them into Division I, and winning Blades for…