Trinity College Boat Club
|College Boat Clubs of the University of Oxford
Trinity College Boat Club
Trinity College Boathouse (right) and rowing blade colours
|Head of the River – Men||1861-64, 1938, 1939, 1946-49|
|Location||The Isis (Coordinates: )|
|Sister college||Churchill College, Cambridge|
|Senior Member||Mr Kevin Knott|
|Men's Captain||Matthew Cyrson |
|Women's Captain||Alissa Bray|
Trinity College Boat Club (TCBC) is the rowing club of Trinity College, Oxford in Oxford, United Kingdom. The club's members are students and staff from Trinity College and, occasionally, associate members from other Colleges.
Rowing as an organised inter-collegiate sport became increasingly popular in Oxford during the early decades of the nineteenth century, with the first organised bumps races were held at around this time. A Trinity rower in 1831 by the name of James Pycroft detailed how the men within the team would pay for a boat for college themselves, and would levy a rate upon all members of the college to help pay as ‘it being considered that the boat and its anticipated victories were for the honour of the college generally’. Even at the outset of rowing at Trinity in the 1830s, James Pycroft records in his memoirs an incident whereby a scholar named Thomas Lewin ‘had thoughts of joining the boat, but received a hint that it would not do’. The reason behind this being that members of the boat club were known to be uproarious, riotous and generally interested in having a good time while they studied!
In 1838 Trinity join the records, which can still be seen in the College’s boathouse, and moved up three places over the week’s rowing from eighth to fifth. Trinity’s first rowing Blues are both depicted in the earliest known depiction of a Trinity crew, from 1842. John Cox and Edward Breedon both rowed in Oxford’s sixth boat race on the Westminster to Putney course in 1842.
Another nineteen years passed with rowing at Trinity growing in its importance within the college, until finally during the Eights in 1861, Trinity bumped University College, Brasenose College, Exeter and finally Balliol College to go Head of the River. The run of great rowing remained until 1865 which unfortunately marked the beginning of a disastrous few years of racing at Trinity. However, the period at the head was again matched with a similar stretch of dominance at the top of Division one, just a few months before Hitler’s invasion of Poland and the start of World War Two in 1939. Several of Trinity’s ‘old boys’ rowed at this time and experienced being the best team amongst the Oxford colleges on the Isis.
In addition to this, past Trinity crews were involved in many regattas outside of the college including the Henley Royal Regatta, and the Thames Regatta.
Men's Summer Eights Headship: 1861-64, 1938, 1939, 1946–49
- Men's Boats
- 2008 Empacher 8+ "Parni"
- ??? Janousek 8+ "Judith Beloff"
- ??? Sims 8+ "Lady Elizabeth"
- 1996 Janousek 8+ "Spirit of Nelson"
- ??? Janousek 4+ "The Baby Seal"
- Women's Boats
Trinity College Boat Club – University Rowers
|2011||Constantine Louloudis||OUBC||Full Blue||Won by 4 lengths|
|2011||Nat Upton||OUWBC||Full Blue||Won by 1 length|
|2010||Ellen Kempston||OUWBC||Half Blue||Won by 3 and 1/2 lengths|
|2009||Alexander Hearne||OUBC||Full Blue||Won by 3 and a 1/2 lengths|
|2008||Henry Sheldon (President)||OULRC||Half Blue||Won by 2 and a 1/2 lengths|
|2007||Henry Sheldon||OULRC||Half Blue||Won by 1 length|
|2004||Rachel Gray||OUWLRC||Full Blue||Won by 3/4 of a length|
|2002||Charlotte Rooke (Captain)||Osiris||Half Blue||Won by 1 and a 1/2 lengths|
|2002||Katie King||Osiris||Half Blue||Won by 1 and a 1/2 lengths|
|2001||Katie King||Osiris||Half Blue||Won easily|
|2000||Katie King||Osiris||Half Blue||Lost by 1 and 3/4 lengths|
|1999||Melissa Carson (President)||OUWLRC||Half Blue||Won by 3/4 of a length|
|1998||Claire Booth||OUWLRC||Half Blue||Won by a canvas|
|1996||Nathan Tamblyn||OULRC||Half Blue||Won (Cambridge disqualified)|
|1996||Pete Richens||OULRC||Half Blue||Won (Cambridge disqualified)|
|1987||Rachel Barton||OUWLRC||Half Blue||Lost|
|1984||Joanna Armstrong||Osiris||Half Blue||Won|
|1982||Finlay Decker||OUWBC||Full Blue||Lost|
|1978||John Chadwick||OULRC||Half Blue||Lost|
|1977||Mike Ridley||OULRC||Half Blue||Won|
|1952||Christopher Davidge||OUBC||Full Blue||Won by a canvas|
|1951||Christopher Davidge||OUBC||Full Blue||Lost by 12 lengths (Oxford Sank!)|
|1949||Christopher Davidge||OUBC||Full Blue||Lost by 1/4 of a length|
|1938||Henry Melvin Young||OUBC||Full Blue||Won by 2 lengths|
|1937||Henry Melvin Young||Isis||Half Blue|
|1842||John Cox||OUBC||Full Blue||Won by 13 seconds|
|1842||Edward Breedon||OUBC||Full Blue||Won by 13 seconds|
- James Pycroft (1886). Oxford Memoirs: a Retrospect after Fifty Years. Richard Bentley. ISBN 117733948X.