Common Time 2019


Boys rowing

Winchester College Boat Club is one of the oldest school boat clubs in the country, founded officially in 1867.

Most rowing takes place on the Itchen Navigation, part of the network of rivers and streams running through Winchester, and there is a very well-equipped boathouse on Domum Road. Long-distance training takes place on the tidal waters in Southampton from the University's boat house.

During the Easter holidays the club trains for just over a week on the Lac d'Aiguebelette, a mountain lake in southern France.

In the first year, all rowing is in sculling boats (two oars) and most racing is in coxed quads and octuples. At the start of the second year the transition is made to sweep boats (one oar) and the main racing boat from then on is the VIII. Winchester crews race at all levels at head races during the winter season (long-distance time trials) and regattas during the summer (short distance side-by-side racing).

The focus of the year is the National Schools Regatta in May, when all school crews from around the country race in Nottingham. The 1st VIII competes at Henley Royal Regatta at the beginning of July.