Mansfield College Boat Club was founded in 1965 by a group of students led by Michael Mahoney and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
April 1997 saw the opening of the new boathouse at Longbridges which we occupy with Hertford, St Catherine’s, St Hilda’s, St Benet’s and Templeton Colleges. We share a club room and bay with St. Hilda’s College Boat Club, with whom we traditionally have good relations.
The Longbridges Boathouse is an excellent vantage point for all regattas on the Isis, with bumps, crashes and even overtaking manoeuvres seen from it which those further upstream on Boathouse Island could only dream of watching. The OURCs race desk is also situated at the boathouse so we often find ourselves in the middle of all the action. On July 4th 2005 we suffered an arson attack on our boathouse in which the majority of our equipment was destroyed. Despite the initial shock, this has not set us back as per the intent of the attackers. Thanks to the efforts of the committee, college and the generosity of our alumni we have replaced our old equipment with newer, better boats and two new sets of blades.
MCBC has a long history full of blood and toil, as can be vouched for by the legendary Bill Thompson who coached for many years at the club and can be seen down at the river every year giving each crew an extra cheer. Mansfield’s most famous rower was Donald MacDonald, the President of OUBC in the mutiny year of 1987, the events of which have been immortalised in the film ‘True Blue’.
Despite our small size, Mansfield always punches above its weight on the river, with extremely successful men's and women's first crews in both Torpids and Summer Eights. Both the women’s and men’s 1st crews are in division II for Summer Eights and division II/III for Torpids having bumped crews from some colleges twice our size.
We are excited to announce that MCBC are rowing from Oxford to London to raise funds for the boat club.
All money raised will be used to support MCBC priorities, such as new equipment or coaching and training camps. Please help us reach our £10,000 goal by sponsoring our row.
We plan to boat with two eights made up of mixed crews from both the men's and women's squads.
Please come along and support us along the route if you can. This is our planned timetable (subject to conditions, lock timings etc):
Wednesday 6th April
10:30 Leave MCBC
12:30-13:30 Abingdon (Lunch)
16:30 Arrive Wallingford
Thursday 7th April
08:00 Leave Wallingford
10:30-11:00 Pangbourne (Break)
12:30-13:30 Reading (Lunch)
15:30-16:00 Henley (Break)
18:00 Arrive Marlow
Friday 8th April
07:30 Leave Marlow
09:30-10:00 Maidenhead (Break)
13:00-14:00 Staines (Lunch)
16:00-16:30 Walton (Break)
18:30 Arrive Teddington
Saturday 9th April
08:00 Leave Teddington
11:00 Arrive Putney
If you would like to sponsor us then please use one of the following links, select ‘other’ and then manually enter ‘Mansfield London Row’ as a reference of where you would like your donation to be directed.
On behalf of Mansfield College rowers, thank you for your support!
Unfortunately, due to current river conditions on the Thames, the weather forecast and Environment Agency advice, the MCBC Committee have made the decision to postpone the row from Oxford to London on safety grounds. We are all extremely disappointed about this but are aiming to reschedule as soon as possible.