The boat club was delighted to take delivery of a new men’s first boat this term. It is named in honour of Jonathan Close-Brooks who, as Captain of Boats, led Oriel to the 1966 Summer Eights Headship. The boat is a brand new aluminium wing-rigged Empacher VIII and was delivered to the UK in February, in time to be raced in Torpids. The official boat launch was held on the Saturday of racing and was attended by Jonathan’s widow, Rosemary. The boat club is extremely grateful to all of the sponsors, college and club members who have played a part in the project.