Welcome to the OURCs Website

Oxford University Rowing Clubs is the confederation of the college boat clubs and the University squads (OUBC, OUWBC, OULRC, and OUWLRC). It is the body that has authority over the conduct of all College crews, and is responsible for organising inter-collegiate contests.
Bumps dates:
  • Torpids 2020: 8th week Hilary Term
    • Bumps: 12th March - 13th March
  • Summer Eights 2020: 5th week Trinity Term
    • Rowing on: Cancelled
    • Bumps: Cancelled

Stay safe around Oxford’s waterways – don’t drink and drown!

Every year, someone drowns in one of Oxford’s waterways and there are many near-misses where tragedy is narrowly avoided. Often, these incidents involve that person having drunk excessive alcohol or being under the influence of drugs.
As part of the national Royal Life Saving Society’s Don’t Drink and Drown Campaign, we are urging all crews to take extra care around the waterways, to drink responsibly and to look after your friends when on a night out.
For some, exams are over. End of term is approaching. Social events with clubs and teams or just a good night out with your friends may be planned as you prepare to leave for the Christmas break. But please remember the dangers of Oxford’s waterways and stay safe.

Our advice:

  •  Look out for your friends, make sure they get home safely
  •  If you’ve had a drink, stay away from the water – on foot and on bicycles
  •  Find an alternative route home, don’t walk home near the water
  •  Stay away from the water in winter, cold water shock kills
  •  Never jump from bridges
  •  Call 999 and ask for the fire service in an emergency

Be aware of the effects of alcohol on the body:

  •  Alcohol lowers inhibitions, leading to impaired judgement which means you are more likely to take risks and get in trouble
  •  Alcohol limits muscle ability making simple movements much harder
  •  Alcohol slows down your reactions making it more difficult to get yourself out of trouble
  •  Alcohol numbs the senses making swimming very difficult



Oxford Race Not Waste:

Race not Waste poster  - Help us clean up boathouse island by putting this poster up in your boathouse!

It would make a huge difference if you can get the message to all your students, staff and alumni:

Everyone who can brings a re-usable cup to the event, refills it there and takes it away with them

Anyone who can’t do that has drinks served in cups that aren’t plastic – unbleached non lined paper is BEST

Any waste that is generated is properly separated out into the marked bins so we can deal with it properly

Put this message on your website and social media accounts –enlist your Communications officer to help with this

Put the attached poster on notice boards around your college.

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