For most of Balliol College Boat Club, racing is why we do what we do. Our long-serving top men’s coach, Paul Kelly, may have put it best:

I don’t know who decided to take nine people from each college, put them in a boat, and see who can go backwards down the river fastest. But we might as well be the best at it.

Balliol enters racing events throughout the year. The biggest events on the racing calendar are:

Novice Regatta

  • 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…

For past race reports click here.


  • 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!…

For past race reports go here.

Summer Eights

  • 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.…

For past Summer Eights race reports, click here.

Blues Squads

  • 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.…

For older Blues rowing reports, click here.

Other Oxford Regattas

  • 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.

For older Oxford regatta reports, click here.

External Regattas

  • Easter Training Camp 2018

    Easter Training Camp 2018

    Following the success of last year’s Easter rowing training camp in Budapest, Balliol College Boat Club organised and held our 2018 training camp in Hungary again. However this year we went to Gyor, in north-western Hungary with Sze-Gyor University Club. We took 2 coxes, 8 male rowers and 8 female rowers (of all abilities – …

For older external regatta reports, click here.

Race Reports

You can find a listing of all available race reports here.