Dublin University Boat Club
On Saturday the Club saw great success in the 152nd Trinity Regatta, held on our home water on the Liffey at Islandbridge.
The warm, Sunny weather set the stage for a fantastic day’s racing, with clubs from Ireland and abroad making the journey to race.
DUBC had a number of crews entered, including an Intermediate coxed four, a Club coxed four, a Club sculler and an Intermediate sculler. Unfortunately these crews were unlucky with their racing and did not come away with a win.
Greater fortune was had in the Men’s Senior Eight, with DUBC winning the event early in the morning, beating the current National Champions Commercial by 1 1/3 Lenghts in a hard fought race. Well rowed Trinity!
The Men’s Novice Eight’s race came to a bittersweet conclusion as DUBC beat a strong UCD crew by 1 length, but unfortunately were disqualified for clipping a buoy on the course.
The day also saw a number of overseas entries, with K.S.R.V Njord once again travelling to race a multitude of events from Men’s Novice Eights to Women’s Senior Double. Also attending the regatta was Blue Star who raced in Men’s Intermediate eights beating UCD in a thrilling Final. Well rowed Blue Star.
Also taking to the course were Past Trinity crews, with the Junior crew of 1968 and the Senior crew of 2008 taking to the water for a row past. We also saw the 1977 Ladies plate crew take the water for a row past.
Overall, a fantastic day was had at the regatta with great racing and atmosphere on the bank throughout the day. A huge thank you goes to the Regatta Committee, and all umpires and marshals who helped to organise and run the event. Well rowed Trinity.
The National University Championships took place Friday last in Iniscarra, Co. Cork, with the senior squad of DUBC fielding a flotilla comprising a trio of eights, an intermediate coxed four, a club coxed four, a previously untried senior coxless four and a senior pair. The novice squad engaged the services of two novice eights and a coxed novice quad. Arriving early on Thursday, the two squads got some valuable training done in the glassy conditions and looked forward to what would prove to be another thrilling day of racing in the National Rowing Centre.
The two Novice 8+ displayed composure in their heat, however there was only two crews to qualify and the B crew were third place behind the A crew and the Queens A boat. While not the result the crew would have envisioned, their maiden voyage in lane racing cannot but be considered valuable, with training resuming afresh this week. The A boat produced a strong performance, finishing second behind a powerful UCD 8+ in the Novice final, securing vital points for DUBC on the day in the overall University Championship standings. The Novice Quad, building on their experiences in Neptune and Commercial Regattas, successfully secured a place in the final.
The Club 4+ were involved in potentially the tightest race of the day with the difference between all crews amounting to less than a length in a heat which unfortunately saw DUBC fall short of the pace by a canvas. The senior pair and senior coxless four, both comprised of previously untested crews were unable to secure any points in their races, however the higher standard of rowing in these categories gave all involved insight into the pace required to be competitive in these events.
With stiff competition on all sides from the likes of NUIG, UCD and UCC, among others, the senior 8+, the intermediate 8+ and the club 8+ all emerged with victories. While the intermediates and club rowers were fortunate to claim relatively comfortable winning margins, the senior 8+ were pushed to the very last stroke of their race by a determined UCD crew. The display of resolve, power and speed from both crews produced a thrilling race with the eventual winners, DUBC, securing the Wylie cup for 2018, capping off an incredible day of racing and catapulting the squad into the exam period with high hopes for the remainder of the season and the imminent Trinity Regatta taking place in Islandbridge on Saturday the 21st of April.
Special mention and performance of the day goes to H.Lohan, S.Canning, D.O’Shea, and R.Dullaghan, who went 3 for 3, with wins in the club 8+, inter 8+, and inter 4+.
Friday 6th of April signaled the beginning of the 2018 Regatta season and DUBC were deployed en masse for some extremely enjoyable match racing in both Neptune and Commercial Regattas, along the interminable Islandbridge Course. Although there was a mixed grouping of results from the weekend, there were hugely positive performances on many fronts, with all crews displaying the grit and fitness the long winter months of training have instilled. The summary of results are as follows:
The Senior 4+ of Mark Quigley, Turlough Hughes, Gavin Moore and Brian Cronin, coxed by Avril McCormack, displayed composure to beat UCD in a hard fought final.
The Senior 8+, comprising a mixed crew of senior and intermediate rowers, also beat a UCD crew in the final, storming to an eventual win of 3/4 of a length.
The Club 8+, containing several novices, showed the gumption and temperament of a far more experienced crew to come from behind, rowing through and beating UCD in the first round by three feet. They were then unfortunate runners up to an extremely polished Neptune crew in the second round.
The novice 8+ comfortably beat UCD in the first round but were sadly beaten by the eventual winners, another UCD Crew, in the second round.
The Senior 8+, again crewed by a mix of seniors and intermediates, coxed by Avril McCormack, had an extremely successful outing, claiming wins from two Commercial crews.
The Inter 4+, coxed by Rowan Hamilton SCH., barrelled their way to a comprehensive win over an experienced Commercial crew.
Two Novice 8+ were in action, the novice A boat winning their first-round race against UCD but lost in the final against another UCD novice crew. The B boat lost in the first round to eventual winners, UCD.
The Novice 4X+, showing both freshly acquired sculling ability and tremendous determination, were beaten in a spirited row by DIT, rowing out of Commercial.
An action-packed weekend of racing gives the club plenty of valuable racing experience and momentum heading into the 2018 University Championships, to be held this Friday the 13th of April in the National Rowing Centre. DUBC wishes to acknowledge the effort and extend our thanks to all involved in the organisation of both Neptune and Commercial regattas, with water levels and flow speeds rendering conditions less than serene.
– R. White