• BCBC goes to Chester

    BCBC goes to Chester

    Over the Easter vacation the Balliol College Boat Club attended training camp in Chester with the St John’s College (Oxford) Boat Club. Markus Baumgartner (BCBC President) reports: After a very rainy year that limited the amount of training we were able to do in Oxford, it was wonderful to be able to put in some serious…

  • 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!…

  • 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…

  • Balliol Blues 2019

    Balliol Blues 2019

    Balliol is very excited to be represented in the Oxford Blue Boats set to race Cambridge over the next few weeks!  Ex-BCWBC captain Grace Joel is a 3rd year PPEist from Australia. This is her second year in the Lightweight women’s crew after she learned to row at Balliol her first year.  Having just missed…

  • MT18 Update

    MT18 Update

    Overall, Michaelmas 2018 was a successful term for Balliol women’s rowing. We recruited 2 full boats of keen novice rowers, who progressed quickly under the watch of our novice coach, Ella Morgan. We had a successful experience at New College Indoor Regatta, where both Balliol A and B teams made it to the final with…

  • Eights 2018

    Eights 2018

    BCWBC had a strong performance at Summer Eights this year, reflecting a year of hard work. W2 bumped Lincoln W3 on the first day, followed by Regent’s Park W1 on the second. An unfortunate incident with the bank meant they were bumped by Regent’s on the third day, but they came back strong and returned…