If you are a member of the Mansfield College Boat Club, you may know already that this year the traditional ‘Summer Eights’ rowing regatta has been moved from 5th week to 7th week with a number of tweaks to the event format, notably running under the ‘Torpids’ rules, to help the organisers to mitigate potential issues caused by both Covid itself and the related lack of training time for crews.

The key change for alumni and supporters, is that the organisers, Oxford University Rowing Clubs, are having to discourage any spectator attendance to avoid crowds. Access to the boathouse island will be controlled and limited to competitors only and towpath gatherings will be strongly discouraged with a combination of clear signage, security stewards and support from the local authorities.  

Therefore, we’d like to ask that College rowing supporters avoid going to the island this year, and instead, cheer on the crews from the comfort of home. While the event will have a different look and feel and it will not be possible to run any alumni events at the river, rowing will be going ahead from approximately noon to 7pm on the 4 days from Tuesday 8 to Friday 11 June and will be livestreamed to allow alumni and supporters of college rowing around the globe to watch.

If you would like to watch the rowing, you can do so using the following link:  www.oxfordbumpsracing.com/