St Hilda's rowers

St Hilda's College Boat Club

St Hilda's has a proud history of rowing. In 1911, we became the first College to have an all-women eight, 'a hitherto unheard of thing for a women's college in Oxford … To do it we had to go down to the Isis at 8.30 a.m. when there would be few, if any, to see us. We wore our every day clothing, blouses up to our necks & skirts to our ankles, but we did use garters instead of our usual corsets.' In 1969, St Hilda's led the way again, storming the male bastion of Oxford rowing to become the first women's crew to compete in Summer VIIIs against men's crews (a number of which they had to beat to qualify). Flash forward to today and both the women's and the men's 1st VIIIs won blades in the 2019 Torpids.  

Despite its successes, the Boat Club is in urgent need of funding. The equipment on which the teams rely is very worn, with one boat being recently declared unsafe to use. In order to continue the proud tradition of rowing at St Hilda's and to ensure that rowing remains accessible to students here, the Boat Club is seeking the support of alumnae and friends. 

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of St Hilda's entrance into Summer VIIIs, and in light of this funding crisis, a generous donor to the College has set up a special ‘St Hilda’s Boat Club Challenge Fund’ of £7,000 and will match donations this year from alumnae and friends up to the full value of the Fund. Effectively, the Challenge Fund will double the value of your gift if you choose to support the St Hilda’s Boat Club this year!

Click here to make a gift.

1969 Crew
All-women eightRowing on the Cherwell 1895