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"Summer" Torpids 2021 to be livestreamed

In normal times, Trinity term would see us heading down to the river to support the St Peter's crews as they compete in Eights.

Last year’s races were cancelled due to the pandemic, but this year’s summer event is going head, albeit in a different way, and in 7th week rather than the usual 5th week. This year’s regatta will take place from Tuesday 8th to Friday 11th June, and from 12.00 – 19.00 each day.

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

The entire event will, instead, be livestreamed to enable everyone to watch, and you can do this by following the link below:


The filming and broadcasting is courtesy of First Sight Media, who will be providing an extremely high quality experience for viewers – using multiple fixed cameras and a drone. This should give College members and relatives of participants the opportunity to see entire races and to experience far more of the event than has ever been possible from one viewing position at a boathouse. It’s also globally accessible.

We wish our SPCBC teams all the best for this year’s event, and hope all our rowing supporters enjoy the livestream.

Men and women in a rowing boat wearing green and gold caps