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The Boat Club and the sport of rowing have been an integral part of College life since College was founded in 1841. The Boat House itself is built on the banks of the River Severn at the foot of Tewkesbury Abbey and is situated on one of the most picturesque stretches of river in the country.   

At College, rowing and sculling are offered for a small number in the Autumn term, with the majority of the Boat Club joining in January after the Boys' Rugby and Girls' Hockey seasons are over. Rowing is a main game for both boys and girls during the Spring and Summer terms.   

There are two types of racing in rowing. During the Autumn and Spring terms the club participates in Head Races, which are processional time trials. The Head season culminates in late March at the Schools' Head of the River Race in London, raced over the reverse of the Boat Race course.   

In the Summer term, the racing switches to side-by-side regatta racing over shorter distances. The highlights of the Regatta season are the National Schools Regatta in late May, Henley Women's Regatta in mid June and Henley Royal Regatta in early July.   

In June 2011 the Headmaster, Dr. Alex Peterken, made a decision to change the management structure of the Boat Club in an effort to revitalise its fortunes. Richard Jones was appointed as a full time Head of Rowing and the appointment Tristan Mayglothling, as Rowing Professional, took place in September 2012. These changes produced an upturn in the fortunes of the club with qualification for Henley Royal Regatta being achieved in consecutive years (2013 and 2014).


Cheltenham College Boat Club - Racing Calendar 2015

 Sunday 8 March  Gloucester Head
 Saturday 14 March  Private Match - Kings Worcester
 Monday 16 March  Schools Head of the River Race
 Monday 22 March - Saturday 28 March  Training Camp
 Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April  GB Trials (Nottingham)
 Saturday 2 May  House Pots
 Sunday 3 May  Wallingford Regatta
 Saturday 9 May  Bedford Regatta 
 Friday 22 - Sunday 24 May   National Schools Regatta
 Saturday 13 June  Reading Amateur Regatta (Senior)
 Saturday 14 June  Stourport Junior Regatta
 Saturday 20 June  Marlow Regatta (Senior Boys)
 Monday 22 - Friday 26 June  Henley Training Camp (Senior)
 Friday 26 June  Henley Royal Regatta Qualifiers (Senior)
 Wednesday 1 - Sunday 5 July  Henley Royal Regatta
 Thursday 9 - Monday 13 July  GB Final Trials (Nottingham)