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 currently based on the banks of the River Severn at the foot of Tewkesbury Abbey.
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 one of the main games 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 on the famous Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race course.
In the Summer Term, the focus 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 2011 the headmaster, Dr Alex Peterken, made the decision to revitalise rowing at College through the appointment of a full-time Head of Rowing, and Cheltenham College Boat Club began on the long road back to its former glory. Numbers have increased steadily to a high of 140, including a record number of girls in a fully integrated co-educational club.
You can find out more about current plans to improve our rowing facilities here.