"the solemnly hetero Captain of Boats"
Men's 1st VIII of St Catherine's College, Oxford (2005)
Public DomainMen's 1st VIII of St Catherine's College, Oxford (2005) - Credit: Oarsome

 Rowing has been a popular sport at Oxford University since the early 19th century. It takes place on the Isis, the section of the River Thames which flows through Oxford. Today, 36 colleges have rowing crews belonging to the Oxford University Rowing Clubs.

At Eton College (where rowing is taken very seriously), the title Captain of the Boats  is given to the captain of the Eight (the school's most important rowing crew).

The title Captain of Boats is also given to individuals in overall charge of rowing matters at Oxford and Cambridge colleges.