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).