Oxford University Women’s Lightweight Rowing Club (OUWLRC) seeks to appoint a Head Coach. She/he will take overall leadership of the club’s rowing programme, including designing and implementing training and racing plans, coaching on the water and on land, managing other support services, and administration. We seek a candidate with high technical coaching ability, knowledge and experience of modern coaching methods and physiology (including lightweight rowing), commitment to athlete development, and a sensitivity to the academic setting. Trailer-driving and boat repair skills are desirable but not required. Please contact the Acting Chair, Zoe De Toledo (chair@ouwlrc.org.uk) for further particulars or for informal discussion. Applications including a CV and cover letter should be sent to chair@ouwlrc.org.uk. Review of applications will begin on 3 June 2019.

About OUWLRC: Founded in 1984, the club prepares an eight and reserve crew to race Cambridge in the Lightweight Women’s Boat Race, and regularly fields crews to race at WEHORR, British Universities Championships, European Universities Championships, and national team trials (sweep and sculling).

OUWLRC Head Coach Announcement

It is with great sadness that we announce that OUWLRC Head Coach, Chris O’Hara has indicated that he will not seek reappointment as Head Coach when his current term expires at the end of July.

We wish to express our gratitude to Coach Chriso for his longstanding and unwavering dedication to the club and its members over the last decade.  His outstanding commitment above and beyond his formal duties will mean he will be greatly missed by the current squad, as well as those who have been coached by him during his tenure.

Chris will continue as Head Coach throughout the summer, working with our Senior and Development Squads.

An extensive search for a new Head Coach will be under way shortly.


OUWLRC Open Day at the Boat House

Alumni, family and friends of OUWLRC are warmly invited to an Open Boat House event at the Fleming Boat House, Wallingford.

The current President, Naomi Holland, and Executive Committee warmly invite all alumni members of OUWLRC to return to Fleming Boat House for an Open Day event on Sunday 28th April, from 11:00-16:00.

Meet up with your old crewmates, reminisce about your time rowing, coxing and training with OUWLRC and get the chance to hop back in a boat! Please bring along any photos you have of your time with OUWLRC for our picture board.

Refreshments for lunch will be provided, please indicate any dietary requirements when registering for your ticket.

Registration is free, although a voluntary donation to the Topolski Fund to help secure the future of OUWLRC would be gratefully received. For more information on the fund and to donate, visit the website here.

Please share with your crewmates and friends from OUWLRC, we look forward to seeing you all!

Please sign up to attend via this link.


Henley Boat Races videos


Full video with multiple cameras, drone coverage, and commentary:

Blue Boat

Reserve Pair

Unedited full race videos are here:

Blue Boat

Reserve Pair

We thank Al Craigie and the whole team at SportFocussed for the exceptional coverage of the races.

OUWLRC Crew Announcement 2019

We are delighted to announce the 2019 OUWLRC Blue Boat and Reserve Pair to represent Oxford at the Oxford-Cambridge Lightweight Boat Races in Henley on Saturday 30th March 2019:

Cox: Jolet Mimpen (Green Templeton)
Stroke: Fiona Jamieson (Corpus Christi)
7: Grace Hanna (Exeter)
6: Ellie Watts (Wolfson)
5: Naomi Holland (Christ Church) (President)
4: Grace Joel (Balliol)
3: Katie Hurt (Corpus Christi)
2: Leah Mitchell (Balliol)
Bow: Katherine Ferris (Trinity)

Reserve Pair: Caitlin O’Brien (Jesus), Emily Hinson (St Hugh’s)

We are looking forward to seeing all the Oxford supporters in Henley on the 30th March!

Find out more about the races on our Facebook event



2019 Lightweight Women’s Boat Race



The Lightweight Women’s Boat Race 2019

OUWLRC and CUWBC are delighted to announce that this year’s Lightweight Women’s Boat Race will take place on Saturday 30th March 2019 at Henley. We are privileged and proud to be able to stage this event on one of the world’s premier regatta courses.

This year, the Lightweight Men’s Boat Race will be on the Tideway. Although we will miss the experience of racing on the same day, at the same venue, as our male counterparts, we are excited to hold our race on the Henley Reach and look forward to watching and supporting the lightweight men in their race on the Tideway on Saturday 23rd March, as well as the openweight crews competing in The Boat Races on Sunday 7th April.

Race programme, 30 March:

13:00 Alumnae Race
13:30 Intercollegiate Women’s Race
14:00 Intercollegiate Men’s Race
14:30 Varsity Women’s Ltw. Reserve Race
15:00 Varsity Women’s Lightweigt Boat Race

Topolski Fund matching gift deadline – 31 Jan 2019

The recently-launched Topolski Fund is nearing the final days of its matched funding pledge by the founding donors – for every £1 raised, an additional £1 will be donated. This Fund will support OUWLRC and the other OU varsity rowing clubs (OUWBC, OUBC, OULRC) on a permanent endowment basis. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated!

The clubs need to reach £20 million to secure their future and we need your help to get there. To find out more or to make a donation, please contact the club or visit:


For a brief news release from the university:


New Year Training Camp: Ourense, Spain

Over the New Year period, 16 members of the current OUWLRC trailing squad were invited to our annual New Year training camp from December 31st to January 9th.  14 rowers and 2 coxes were joined by head coach Chris O’Hara and assistant coach Jill Betts along with specialist support from a sports massage therapist (Briony Ryles) and the squad nutritionist (Jasmine Campbell).

The squad were treated to perfect rowing conditions on every day of the camp, with early fog on some mornings clearing to reveal clear blue skies, light-to-no wind, and over 18km of wide, empty flat waters.  The camp strongly focussed on technique, with plenty of sessions in small boats and a highly competitive pairs matrix and time trial.

We would like to thank our hosts at the Cerlac Rowing Training Centre, and the fantastic team of coaches and support staff, without whom, the trip would have been impossible.


Photo by Emily Hinson


Photo by Caitlin O’Brien


Photo by Briony Ryles

Merry Christmas from OUWLRC

From all of us at OUWLRC, we would like to wish our members (past and present) a very Merry Christmas, and extend our best wishes for 2019.




2018 has been a very busy year for OUWLRC, with representation (and success!) across many regattas and competitions.  Check out the News section of the website for full results of all our races, and keep up to date with updates from the squad on our social media (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook).



Boat Naming: Nanda Pirie

Following the end of racing at Trial Eights, we had the honour of naming one of our 4+ shells after our outgoing Executive Committee Chair, Nanda Pirie.  Nanda raced in the 1985 Blue Boat, and has given many years of service to the club in recent years as Senior Member and then as Executive Committee Chair.  It is a fitting tribute to name a boat which has already won a Boat Race earlier this year (Lightweight Women’s Reserve Race 2018), and two HOR4s pennants in the last two years after someone who has given so much to the club.

As she steps down from her post, we thank her for all the countless hours she has spent working tirelessly behind the scenes to aid the running of our club and wish her all the best!