Blades Gala Regatta and Dinner

Event date
Saturday 15 September, 11:00 - 23:00

Following on from the success of the event in 2012, 2014 and 2016 the day promises to be a wonderful occasion to return to College with guests, meet up with fellow Boaties and enjoy a great day on the river.

There will also be the opportunity to look around and to row out of our wonderful newly renovated boathouse: The Blyth-McGregor Boathouse, recognising the efforts of both William Blyth and Grace McGregor. William Blyth (m. 1829) was the first Captain of Christ’s College Boat Club and was the stroke of the first CCBC boat to be Head of the River in 1833. Grace McGregor (m. 2012) was Captain of the Boat Club in 2015 when the women went Head for the first time, and was in the four seat of the Lent Headship crew. The naming of the boathouse in her honour recognises and celebrates the achievements of female rowers and coxes since women were admitted to the College, and particularly the Lent Headship crew.

In the 40th anniversary year of women being admitted to Christ’s we are delighted to announce that our after dinner speaker will be Pippa Michaels (née Cribb) (m. 1980) who was the first Captain of the Women’s Boat Club at Christ’s.  She will be talking about her memories of rowing at Christ’s and about some of the difficulties and obstacles in establishing women’s rowing at the College.  


  • Morning Row: The day will start at 11am with assembly of crews who wish to row/remember how to row.
  • Lunch: 12.30pm a barbecue lunch at the Fort St George.
  • Gala Regatta: At approximately 2 pm a regatta in VIIIs will take place on the reach from the Fort St George to the boathouse, with refreshments on the Hard for those waiting, spectating and knocked out. This is a great chance to get together old crew mates and to challenge other crews in what is ultimately a fun, but often becomes highly-competitive, regatta! Expect medal ceremonies, high-octane rowing, dubious handicapping and suspect coxing.  There will also be the opportunity for those guests who aren’t involved in the main regatta, and who may have never experienced rowing before, to learn to row in the tub and to take part in a regatta of their own.
  • Dinner: The evening will commence with a pre-dinner drinks reception in the Fellows’ Garden at 7.15pm (weather permitting), followed by a four course dinner in Hall at 7.45pm. Dress is Black Tie or a Boat Club blazer and all Blades and their guests are very welcome.


This year we have introduced a concessionary rate for current students and those alumni who matriculated in the last ten years.

To book for the day please click here.