Trialling for the 2021 Boat Race

Trialling for the Lightweight Women’s Boat Race

Erg session at Iffley Gym

In late March or early April each year,  OUWLRC faces Cambridge University’s lightweight women in the Lightweight Women’s Boat Race.  Traditionally part of the Henley Boat Races, in 2020 the race moved to the Tideway for the first time, with the Blue Boat race being held over the 6.8 km Championship Course and the Reserve race between Putney and Hammersmith.

Training with OUWLRC consists of around 12 sessions a week, on and off the water. Our land training takes place in the Iffley Road Sports Complex, with water sessions based out of the Fleming Boathouse in Wallingford.

Triallists in previous years have been a mix of undergraduate and graduate students, some in their final year and from all parts of the world. Our training is scheduled around the usual 9-5 working/studying hours to allow us to fit it in with busy academic schedules. Whilst the first few weeks of training allow us to have weekday evening outings, as the days get shorter we have most evening sessions in the gym in Oxford. Throughout the season, we race as Tethys Boat Club and enter local and national head races in the run up to the Boat Race in March or April, as well as supporting those looking to trial for GB.

OUWLRC invites all College rowers and coxes, regardless of experience, to trial with us for the 2021 Lightweight Women’s Boat Race.

Although lightweight athletes race at maximum 59kg, we do not expect triallists to be ‘on weight’ early in the season. We will help you assess whether 59kg will ultimately be a safe and sensible racing weight for you.

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At present we are running a ‘Virtual Development Squad’ to allow members of the 2019-20 squad and those thinking of trialling for the 2021 Boat Race to continue training during the COVID-19 lockdown.  If you plan to trial for a place in our team next year, or are interested in finding out more about training with us, please consider signing up for the Development Squad and email Leah with any questions!

Trialling for the 2020-21 season will begin in early September.  The exact date will be added to this page and communicated to the Development Squad and other prospective triallists nearer the time.