Exeter College Boat Club

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College Boat Clubs of the University of Oxford
Exeter College Boat Club
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Exeter College Boathouse (left half) and blade colours
Established 1823 (formally)
Head of the River – Men 1824, 1838, 1857, 1858, 1882-84
Location The Isis
(51°44′37″N 1°15′00″W / 51.7435°N 1.2499°W / 51.7435; -1.2499Coordinates: 51°44′37″N 1°15′00″W / 51.7435°N 1.2499°W / 51.7435; -1.2499)
Sister college Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Senior Member Stephen Leonard[1]
Men's Captain Aidan Walker[1]
Women's Captain Alice Rossignol[1]
ECBC Website

Exeter College Boat Club (ECBC) is the boat club of Exeter College, Oxford, England. The club trains on the Thames on the Isis stretch in Oxford and at Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

The Boat Club competes primarily in Torpids and Summer Eights bumps races in Oxford. However, it also races at various external events, such as Wallingford Regatta.[2]

The college has a boathouse on Christ Church Meadow which it shares with Brasenose College Boat Club.[1]


There is no record of Exeter taking part in the first boat races in Oxford until 1824 when an eight took the headship. During this year the infamous "White Boat" had been ordered from Plymouth and it was in this that the Headship was won. From 1827-30 there was no Exeter eight on the river.[3] The colours of the club, adopted around 1837 were red and black, the colours of the college arms. In 1856 Exeter used the first keel-less boat on the river and in this they went head from 1857 until 1859. From twelfth place in 1879 they rose to fourth in 1881 and to Head in 1882. They kept the headship from 1882 to 1884 inclusive.[4]

In 1882 Exeter won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.[5]

College Tie[edit]

The first known use of a tie in club colours was by members of Exeter College eight. In 1880, they took the ribbons off their boaters and tied them around their necks as a way to identify with their college.[6]

Recent form[edit]


Summer Eights[edit]


  • Men:1824, 1838, 1857, 1858, 1882-84


  1. ^ a b c d "Oxford University Rowing Clubs: Exeter". Oxford University Rowing Clubs (OURCs). Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Exeter College Boat Club". Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Stride, p.228
  4. ^ Stride, p.233-235
  5. ^ Stride, p.235
  6. ^ "History of ties". Patrick McMurray. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  • Stride, William John Francis Keatley (1900). "Exeter College". F. E. Ribinson & Co. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 

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