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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 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 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 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.

The 2015/2016 season brings much exciting change for the Boat Club, Victoria Huckle is appointed as the new Head of Rowing, supported by Edward Fenn, Head Coach and Jed Greenhouse as Boathouse Manager.  The new coaching team are looking forward to working with all College rowers, and leading the Boat Club to a successful future. 

You can find out more about current plans to improve our rowing facilities here.

Cheltenham College Boat Club
Racing Calendar 2015-16

Saturday 3 October Worcester Small Boats Head
Saturday 7 November Stourport Head
Saturday 5 December Wycliffe Small Boats Head
Saturday 30 January Worcester Head of the Severn
Saturday 6 February Wycliffe Head
Saturday 27 February Avon County Head
Saturday 5 March Gloucester Head
Thursday 17 March The Schools Head of the River Race
Monday 21 March - Thursday 24 March Junior Training Camp
Wednesday 30 March - Wednesday 6 April Senior Training Camp
Sunday 3 May Wallingford Regatta
Saturday 7 May Bedford Regatta
Friday 27 May - Sunday 29 May National Schools Regatta
Saturday 11 June Reading Regatta
Friday 17 June - Sunday 19 June Henley Women's Regatta
Wednesday 29 June - Sunday 3 July Henley Royal Regatta