OBUBC made history in many ways at last weekend’s BUCS Regatta. Entering a record number of crews for the club, across all three days of racing, saw Brookes come away with a combined 123 medals – including 41 golds, 51 silvers and 31 bronze medals.
For the first time ever, OBUBC entered two crews into Saturday’s Championship 8’s event. The men’s 1st VIII came away with the gold medal for the 4th year running (the longest streak of any university), with the 2nd VIII securing the bronze medal – this is the first time that any university has ever medalled with two crews in Championship 8’s.
Brookes’ women also had their strongest showing ever, coming away with a silver in Championship 8’s – just behind Cambridge and ahead of Edinburgh, U.L., Newcastle and Durham – and followed it up with medals in every other boat class entered. This was another huge step on from last year’s regatta, showcasing the ever-improving standard and depth of the women’s program.
In the British University Championship’s final standings, with Brookes’ women finishing 3rd in the women’s event, and the Boat Club winning the men’s event, this combined to make Oxford Brookes the winners of the Victor Ludorum. This was the largest number of men’s points ever accumulated by a club, as well as the highest overall Victor Ludorum tally by any university at BUCS Regatta.