Mansfield College Boat Club
|College Boat Clubs of the University of Oxford
Mansfield College Boat Club
Mansfield boathouse (shared with other colleges) and rowing blade colours
|Location||River Thames Coordinates:|
|Sister college||Homerton College, Cambridge|
|Men's Captain||Alex Dobson |
|Women's Captain||Alexandra Pitchford|
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Mansfield College Boat Club (MCBC) is a rowing club for members of Mansfield College, Oxford. It was founded in 1965 by a group of students led by Michael Mahony, later College Dean. It is run by the Boat Club committee, which is elected annually by members of the Mansfield College student body. It is affiliated to Oxford University Rowing Clubs (OURCs).
The club currently shares a club room and boat storage space with St Hilda's College Boat Club at the Longbridges boathouse, which opened in April 1997. On 4 July 2005 Longbridges boathouse was hit by an arson attack which destroyed most of the equipment owned by MCBC. However, thanks to the efforts of the committee, the college and the generosity of alumni, the club was able to replace old equipment with newer boats and two new sets of blades.
The club fields a Men's First VIII and a Women's First VIII in the annual inter-collegiate Torpids and Summer Eights bumps racing competitions. As a new entrant, initially placed at the bottom of the rankings, the club achieved several years of regular success in the 1960s and 1970s as it slowly worked its way up through weaker boats to reach its natural level.
In May 2016 the club achieved its highest positions in Summer Eights to date, with the Men's First VIII reaching 3rd place in Division Two and the Women's First VIII reaching 6th place in Division Two (winning blades in the process). In March 2017 the Men's First VIII won blades in Torpids for the third consecutive year, reaching 4th place in Division Two.
The club usually fields a Men's Second VIII and a Women's Second VIII in both competitions. In May 2016 the Men's Second VIII reached fixed divisions in Summer Eights for the first time, winning blades in the process, which was a considerable achievement.
In Summer Eights 2009 the Women's First VIII won blades with a crew featuring three university level 'blues' rowers and were the 10th crew in Division Two. The presence of three blues in one boat was unprecedented in Mansfield's Boat Club history, and goes some way to proving the oft-repeated notion that Mansfield College punches above its weight at inter-collegiate sport.
The most famous alumnus of MCBC is Donald MacDonald, who was President of Oxford University Boat Club in the mutiny year of 1987, the events of which received considerable publicity in the book True Blue: The Oxford Boat Race Mutiny and the film True Blue.
- "Oxford University Rowing Clubs". OURCs. Retrieved 17 March 2013.