From our base at Longbridges Boathouse, we organise outings on the Thames, the River Cherwell, and the Oxford Canal; venturing to other waterways for a variety of trips, excursions and events.
We also travel to a variety of NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL rowing events, such as in Venice, the birthplace of this unique rowing style.
As a member of CIty Barge, you will be invited to download and join the Spond app. There you can view all activities we have planned, and accept to join in. We try to accommodate as many rowers as would like to participate, adding extra boats whenever possible.
In and Around Oxford
On Saturdays, we meet at Longbridges Boathouse and then either row upstream to Port Meadow and Godstow, or downstream to Sandford Lock. Alternatively, we row up the River Cherwell and under Magdalen Bridge—when there are not too many punts! This is always a good row, especially as it varies depending on the university eights competitions, weather and river flow.
An annual spring event, we meet at the club before dawn on May Day and row to Magdalen Bridge to listen to the Magdalen College Choir from our boats moored on the Cherwell.
At 6am the choir sings the ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’ from the top of Magdalen Tower, a tradition stretching back over 500 years. The choir also sings a madrigal, ‘Now Is the Month of Maying’, following prayers for the city led by the Chaplin of Divinity of Magdalen College. Large crowds of both students and residents gather under the tower, and in all sorts of boats under the bridge.
We then row back to the boathouse for breakfast of scrambled eggs, homemade toast, marmalade, coffee, and of course, a glass of Prosecco.
Thursday Evening Row
This is a relaxed, after-work row. We row for about 90 minutes, stopping halfway for a shared picnic. It’s a good opportunity for everyone to practise their skills and try rowing a poppa, i.e., steering the boat.
In April each year we celebrate Venetian Rowing in Oxford. We row together with the whole fleet in the morning, flags billowing and everyone dressed in their finest City Barge kit. We enjoy a splendid lunch and then race in the afternoon. Prizes are awarded to the winners!
International Venetian Regata
Venetian rowers from around the world are invited to Oxford for the three-day Regatta.
This consists of long rows, visits to local pubs, racing in pairs in front of the boat house and an obstacle course race around the Longbridges island, minding the fallen trees and geese! We celebrate with a meal all together on the Saturday with prize giving.