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Oriel’s “Magik” campaign

Rowperfect got an email from David Woods, Captain of Oriel College Boat Club – a leading Oxford University … read more

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Rowperfect got an email from David Woods, Captain of Oriel College Boat Club – a leading Oxford University College crew.

I was Captain of Boats at Oriel College, Oxford this year. Our crew included three time World Champion Mike Wherley, GB international Oliver Moore and ex Oxford University Boat Club President Robin Ejsmond-Frey.

We were the fastest crew on the river and came within inches of winning the coveted "Head of the River" title, all racing with your Magik Oarlocks .We only changed to these at the start of the summer season and found we much preferred them to the standard Empacher oarlock we had been using.

  • I wondered whether you might like a picture of our crew racing this Summer with Magik Oarlocks to help publicise them?
  • Kind regards,
  • David Woods

Naturally, we are delighted to give you the chance to see the crew in action during the Summer Eights bumping races. Here's a link to Oriel's pattern of Summer Eights success since 1980. The Red line at the top is the first eight – clearly they are on a strong fight-back to regain their dominant position from earlier years.

I particularly like the way the crew is holding the oars buried in the water at the finish – note the slightly cocked outside wrist of each athlete in picture 4.


Oriel 1 Friday

Oriel 2 Wednesday

Oriel 3
Oriel 4

Photo Credits: Jet Photographic (1), RowPhoto (2 & 3), Sai Liu (4)

About Rebecca Caroe
Rebecca is the host of RowingChat podcast and is a masters athlete and coach. Passionate about helping others enjoy the sport as much as she does. View all posts from Rebecca Caroe
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