HSOBC Victory at Henley Royal!

There were shrieks of joy when Headington School’s Boat Club made history as winners of the inaugural

Junior Women’s Eights at the world’s most prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in August 2021.

Coming at the end of the sporting year, Henley Royal Regatta is the pinnacle of the rowing season. The girls entered the races as the favourites following success this season at the Metropolitan Regatta, Marlow Regatta, Henley Women’s Regatta and the British Championships.

The Henley Royal final was against Surbiton High School Boat. Both crews performed incredibly well under the pressure of the final however following a tight start, Headington managed to pull away to win the final by 3 ¾ lengths!

Mr Ryan Demaine, Performance Director at Headington School said: “A very big thanks to all our HSOBC community who sent messages of support over this week.

This is the 27th time we have had girls race down the Henley Royal Regatta track and we have represented Headington at Henley Royal Regatta since the inception of girls’ events in 2012. Words cannot begin to express how proud I am of this team. ‘Good people make great teams’ and this lot are great people, team mates and friends. It has been an honour to coach this team, work with their parents, and make history as the first ever JW8+ to win Henley Royal Regatta.”

In Henley tradition, Headington’s name, as well as each individual girl’s name will be engraved on the trophy. Watch the final of the race here and a short interview with the team here.

In memory of Headingtonian Esther Dingley (2001), all HSOBC rowers wore black ribbons.

HSOBC Boathouse

After years of renting facilities at Godstow, Headington is excited to build its first ever Boathouse, wet dock and boating pontoons on a site at Maddy Moorings, Long Wittenham in Oxfordshire.

Since rowing was first introduced at Headington in 1991, HSOBC has become one of the largest, most admired and successful school Boat Clubs in the UK. The 8 acre site will provide the Boat Club with 300 metres of river frontage and 5km of uncongested water.

Despite a delay due to Covid, Headington has already purchased the land and work is underway to clear the site. We were excited to officially launch the fundraising campaign at the annual Boat Club dinner in March and we look forward to keeping all our Headingtonians updated as we look to break ground.

“The social aspects of rowing are like no other club in the school, with strong bonds made across all year groups. The success of all the rowers before us makes us feel empowered by our sport and we can’t wait for the club to have its own boathouse.”


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Our ambition is to build an environmentally sustainable Boathouse which is fit for the 21st Century and it is only with the generous support of Headingtonians, parents and the wider community that we will be able to build a Boathouse HSOBC can call home.

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