Rowing is a hugely popular sport at Eton, and the Boat Club has more members and boats than any other boat club in the world.
There are internal competitions for boys of all ages and skill levels, ranging from the F Sculling and Quads for boys in their first year to the School Pulling and the House Fours for the most skilful senior boys. Although many Club activities have moved to the Rowing Centre at Eton Dorney Lake, many outings and events, including the Bumping Fours, still take place on the three stretches of the Thames surrounding the school.
After their initial Summer Half on the river, boys become eligible to row for the School. There are Junior Colts eights for the Under 15s (E Block), Colts eights for the Under 16s (D Block), and Upper Boats eights for the rest (C and B Blocks), with the VIII at the very top of the pyramid. All these eights train and compete in regattas (and “Head of the River Races”) throughout the Lent and Summer Halves, and the most committed boys devote themselves to the sport in the Michaelmas Half as well.