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Help Us Build a Tank

The Bishops Rowing Club (BRC) is hosting its annual auction to raise much-needed funding for the acquisition of equipment for our beloved sport.

This year we invite parents and Old Diocesans to contribute towards a new project – building a rowing tank on the Bishops Campus.

We are hosting an online auction, allowing our supporters to bid for their favourite lots and compete real-time for that winning bid.

The online auction opens on 11 March 2022 and online bidding can commence.

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The annual BRC dinner will be held on 22 March 2022 and a handful of lots will be pulled from the online auction to be closed live at the dinner. If no bid is received at the dinner, the highest online bidder will win those lots too.

You will need to contact your BRC representative should you wish to bid on a specific item at the dinner, but are unable to attend the dinner.

Name a Boat

7 boats are available for naming | Bid on your own or as a group
A plaque in the boat will name all the persons who contributed

Rowing Tank

A rowing tank is an indoor rowing facility that attempts to mimic the conditions rowers face on the open water. Think of it like a cricket net for cricketers, or a scrumming machine for rugby players. A rowing tank would be a primary tool for our BRC coaches to break down the mechanics of the stroke in a stable learning environment. Whether brand new, or very familiar with the sport, everyone can benefit from instruction while using this state-of-the art facility.

Current challenges to the club include:

  • Low retention of boys throughout high school
  • Time spent during water sessions due to travelling & weather
  • Limited physical presence on the school campus
  • Access to lots of time on the water not always possible

Quite simply, these challenges mean our boys don’t train enough, don’t get enough time on the water and the club is losing younger boys to other sports.

This new asset to the school will strengthen our competitive position while elevating our positioning as a rowing school.

Images clockwise from top left
Radley tank, current rowing centre, proposed plan 2 and proposed plan 1

Our History

Bishops first rowed in a race in 1937, in a four on Table Bay. Competing crews were Bishops Day Boys, School House, Rondebosch Day Boys and Rondebosch Boarders.

1977 saw the start of rowing in earnest at Bishops, with an eight racing at SA Champs for the first time in 1978. The coach of the time, Tim Rideout, is still honoured every year with the Rideout Cup, presented at the Bishops rowing dinner, in acknowledgement of the rower who most encapsulates the essence of a Bishop’s rower, stemming from the roots and attitude which was required to build this club.

Bishops’ first junior national representation was in 2004 in the coxed four. We currently have five junior national caps.

Our History

Bishops first rowed in a race in 1937, in a four on Table Bay. Competing crews were Bishops Day Boys, School House, Rondebosch Day Boys and Rondebosch Boarders.

1977 saw the start of rowing in earnest at Bishops, with an eight racing at SA Champs for the first time in 1978. The coach of the time, Tim Rideout, is still honoured every year with the Rideout Cup, presented at the Bishops rowing dinner, in acknowledgement of the rower who most encapsulates the essence of a Bishop’s rower, stemming from the roots and attitude which was required to build this club.

Bishops’ first junior national representation was in 2004 in the coxed four. We currently have five junior national caps.

Rowing Overview

It is difficult to describe the sport of rowing. What seems to be simply pulling an oar through water is in reality a far more complex interaction of so many things: technique, strength, stamina, teamwork and, most importantly, mental toughness. It is vitally important to understand that the sport places high demands on the boys in terms of their time and commitment as well as their physical and mental ability.

Rowing is TOUGH!