Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream…

Summer is often about water, and one of our graduates on the Europaeum MA in European History programme took up the challenge literally every morning at 6 am for the first six weeks of his Oxford module of the course – rowing fifth seat for his Mansfield College Second VIII. Albert van Wijngaarden (pictured far right rowing and centre in the main picture) had never rowed before but found it exhilarating. His boat did well over the four days of summer inter-college competitions, avoiding been caught (bumped) by any following crew and managing to bump one boat in front. “It was just such a great experience.  Rowing gave me a unique insight into the real Oxford student life and I made loads of friends, he said. ” I finally understood the obsession when we passed the boathouses, where thousands of people, standing three lines deep, cheered us on,” he added. Row on !