Henley Boat Races 2013 took place on the 24th of March, and a coach filled with Wolfsonians and friends went out to see it. Adverse weather conditions at Henley had forced the event to move to Dorney Lake, where GB won their first gold medal during the 2012 Olympics.
Oxford fared well in the tough conditions and managed to win all four varsity races against Cambridge! We are so proud of our teams, and especially of the Wolfson graduate students who participated this year: Cynthia Eccles rowed in the lightweight women’s crew, and James Kirkbride rowed for the lightweight men. Two boat club alumni, Nanda Pirie and Jill Betts, were involved in the coaching this year.
Despite the Arctic cold and a few people pulling out last minute with cold feet, 41 Wolfson students, common room members, and friends braved the wintry conditions to watch the spectacle unfold, and there were some alumni who showed up on site. The prosecco, kindly provided by the Development Office, came in great to celebrate the victories of our crews. All in all it was a fantastic day for Oxford, the Wolfson rowers, and the people who came out to witness this fantastic event. Three cheers for Oxford!
Original post, 26 Feb 2013:
The Henley Boat Races (HBR) are the annual varsity matches for the Women’s Boat Race, the Men’s Lightweight Boat Race, and the Women’s Lightweight Boat Race. It takes place on Sunday March 24th 2013 and there will be some Wolfson graduate students competing again. Following the success of last year’s trip, we are organising another this year. The coach will depart from Wolfson College lodge at 11am and return again by 6.30pm. A wine reception (sponsored by the Development Office) will be held on the river banks while we cheer on the Dark Blues. Racing happens throughout the day and there are plenty of food and drink outlets available on site. Entry to HBR is free. The trip is subsidised by the SCC Hospitality Fund and therefore costs just £6 per person. To book your place on the coach, please email Tracy Fuzzard with your full name, the names of any guests, and your battels number if you have one. Or come find us in Henley and join for the reception.