CCCBC competes in so-called bumps races on the stretch of the river Thames that runs through Oxford, known locally as the Isis. The two bumps regattas of the year are Torpids in Hilary Term and Summer VIIIs in Trinity term. Both see colleges competing against one another in coxed eights with as many as 50,000 spectators – and with good reason, bumps racing often leads to plenty of carnage.
Corpus warmly welcomes novice rowers and coxes, in fact the majority of the squad started rowing during their time at Corpus. Those who start rowing in Michaelmas term normally compete in Christchurch regatta, which is entirely dedicated to those who have never rowed before. This forms an exciting conclusion to a first term on the river for freshers.
Senior crews can compete outside of Oxford and row in smaller boats: we have access to two coxed fours and two single sculls.
Of course the reason we all row or cox is because we enjoy it. After the thrill of a race you can find us celebrating (or perhaps commiserating) at our termly boatclub dinners. Training is spaced out with mid-week crew dates or other Boat Club socials as organised by our social secretaries. Rowing brings the crew together in a way that forms lasting, life-long friendships.