The disused boat was collected from the Boathouse and carried through town to the Wadham Gardens where the winning crew and coach Rod Andrews joined a champagne celebration with members of Wadham College and friends.
Assistant Gardener, Sophie Pitts, set light to the boat, which was quickly engulfed by flames.
Member of the winning crew Stephanie Hall (2012, Experimental Psychology) commented: “We were delighted to see so many people coming along to celebrate this event. And the sign up for rowing at the Freshers' Fair has been fantastic. I didn’t row before I came to Wadham and it has been such an amazing experience - I really hope that others take advantage of the opportunity to row while they are here.”
The sacrificial wooden boat had been disused for some time as it flexes too much to go fast enough to row competitively.
The success of Wadham's First Eight women's crew has meant that this is the second boat burning to take place in Wadham gardens in recent years. Their victory in the Headship last year was celebrated with a boat burning in June 2014.
Watch a video of this event
Thanks to Michael Edwards for filming and producing this video.