After the success of the domestic head season, as well as the Senior VIIIs performance at the Eights Head of the River, DUBC carried a lot of momentum into this years Irish University Rowing Championships at the NRC in Cork. Arriving late on Thursday evening with a massive fleet, both the Novice and Senior squads were greeted by flat-calm water and perfect conditions to paddle the course on the eve of racing.
Racing began at 11am with both DUBC and DULBC flooding the entries with some highly experimental crews in disciplines such as the 2x, 4+ and 2- with great success. The Club 1 4+ were easy winners, along with a couple of close 2nd finishes in the other categories In the main events of Senior, Inter, Club and Novice VIIIs however, there was no question as to the top university. The Club 1 8+ claimed victory in dramatic style over NUIG, coming from 4th at the 1000 meter mark to clinch 1st place on the line. Our Novice 8+, who had had a difficult build-up to the regatta were just off the pace of the Queen’s University Belfast crew, something which will surely motivate them towards National Championships this summer.
As for the blue-ribbon event, Men’s Senior 8+, DUBC devastated the field. Before the 500 meter mark, the crew had clear water over NUIG and UCC and cruised down the rest of the course, finishing 8 seconds ahead of the field to reclaim their title. A great result before getting back into the “Winter Training” regime during exams.
The Men’s club’s performances, along with DULBC’s domination meant Trinity College were best University overall, as well as being awarded the Bank of Ireland trophy for Women’s 8s and the Wiley Cup for Men’s 8s.
The club is in great health at the moment and we hope we can keep improving. Well rowed Trinity!