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10th March 2016

Fundraising and Torpids success for boat club

Rowing at Exeter is in fine form as Exeter College Boat Club (ECBC) continues its renaissance, reports Max Spicer (2014, Biochemistry), Exeter College Boat Club President.

Torpids 2016 was a watershed moment for the boat club, with all three racing crews bumping during the week, and no crews falling for the first time in many years. The women’s first boat came particularly close to achieving blades, bumping on three out of four days. The men’s second boat achieved a similar feat, bumping four times in three days to rise into the permanent divisions and ensure another shot at blades next year. The men’s first boat bumped on day one for the first time in years, retaining their starting position overall. With returning blues, new coaching and two brand new racing eights arriving next term, optimism for Summer VIIIs is high.

Hilary Term also saw ECBC take on fundraising in an ECBC/ExVac ergathon, as students rowed 220km – equivalent to the distance from Exeter College to Exeter City – on two rowing machines in the JCR. So far over £5,000 has been raised for the boat club and ExVac, the Exeter student-run charity. You can support the charity ergathon by clicking here.

The rowers are looking forward to getting some much-needed rest over the holidays, but will soon be back to work, with training camp set for -1st week and Summer VIIIs already on the horizon. We hope to see students and alumni at the boat house from 25 to 28 May for what is sure to be a week of fantastic racing this summer.

ECBC is keen to give something back to our alumni, and planning is under way to arrange alumni outings in June. To keep up to date with all that’s going on at the boat club go to our new website or get in touch at

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