The Oratory School Boat Club is a thriving and growing club that is located on the banks of the River Thames on a stretch of water made famous by the novel “Wind in the Willows”. There are around 80 members in the club and with extensive facilities including numerous ergometers, a ‘swingulator’, a weights room and two Boat Houses containing a range of boats for beginners up to elite standard.
All members are expected to help build and create an environment of trust and respect. High standards, open communication and striving for excellence both in the classroom and on the water are expected from the boys.
At the core of the club is the focus on the individual, the responsibility they hold to themselves, the club and the crew. The coaching team strive to support each individual to make the most of every opportunity available to them.
The School competes successfully at many races throughout the year, including ‘The Schools Head’, ‘National Schools Regatta’ and the prestigious ‘Henley Royal Regatta’. A healthy percentage of our boys have gone on to row for their universities and several to compete internationally.
The 1st VIII have been preparing for this Friday’s Qualifying Races at Henley Royal Regatta (photos of training). This year there are a record number of entries with 627 crews hoping to qualify from 27 nations. The World’s most prestigious regatta demands an exceptional standard and in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup there are 23 crews going for 9 places. The Oratory School will be boating at 5.50pm and supporters can cheer the crew off and watch the race from the Enclosures. The entire course is open to the public all afternoon. Car parking is provided free and full details are available at HRR.
THE PRINCESS ELIZABETH CHALLENGE CUP – GROUP 1 START: 6.25 p.m.
159 Abingdon School
160 Bedford Modern School
162 Boston College High School, U.S.A.
163 Brunswick School, U.S.A.
164 Bryanston School
165 Canford School
166 Cheltenham College
168 Claires Court School
170 Emanuel School
172 Great Marlow School
175 Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, U.S.A.
177 Kingston Grammar School
THE PRINCESS ELIZABETH CHALLENGE CUP – GROUP 2 START: 6.33 p.m.
178 Latymer Upper School
179 McCallie School, U.S.A.
181 Millfield School
182 Monkton Combe School
185 Pangbourne College
189 St. George’s College
194 Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School
197 The King’s School, Worcester
199 The Oratory School
202 Whitgift School
204 Yarm School
SUBJECT TO WITHDRAWALS THE FASTEST 9 CREWS WILL QUALIFY