Dublin University Boat Club
Rowing on the Liffey since 1836
Tuesday the 22nd of May marked a momentous occasion for the club as the senior 8+ was awarded the accolade of team of the year by Trinity Sport. This award marks the culmination of the efforts of the senior squad, and by extension the novice squad, as a whole in producing one of the most competitive boats in the country. This noteworthy award was made possible through a newly rejuvenated culture in the club grounded in transparency, raw grit, physical effort and simple, effective teamwork created by coaches Richard Ruggieri, Charles Cunningham and the oarsmen, among others. Huge thanks are owed to all involved.
While this award is gladly accepted, the hard work of summer racing is only beginning and here at D.U.B.C. we are ready to move past the always challenging exam season and settle into the serious business of training for many upcoming regattas. The senior squad will begin the build into the Irish National Championships by sending a troop of rowers to the following regattas:
Marlow Regatta, taking place on Dorney Lake on the 23rd of June, acts as the perfect lead into one of the highlights of the international rowing calendar, Henley Royal Regatta, 4th to the 8th of July, with the club maintaining the long-standing tradition of competing internationally as well as domestically.
The Novice squad will field an 8+ at the always competitive field in London Metropolitan Regatta, also taking place in Dorney Lake on the 2nd and 3rd of June.
D.U.B.C rowers will also be present at two somewhat more localised events, in the guise of Cork Regatta and Carlow Regatta, acting as much needed and most valuable racing experience, which has been in extremely short supply this season, due to ‘adverse’ weather conditions.
Finally, the club as always will round off the competitive season with multiple entries in the Irish National Rowing Championships, which are scheduled to take place in the national rowing centre on the 13th of July.
The results of the season thus far are attributable to the ambition and tenacity of the club, coaches and rowers alike. The summer provides both further motivation and opportunities to build upon our earlier successes, and thus any and all support at the above listed regattas would be greatly appreciated as we embark on an action packed few months of training and racing.
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+.
Dublin University Boat Club is the rowing club of Trinity College Dublin. Established in 1898, the club continues a tradition of rowing excellence practiced in Trinity since 1836. Among the oldest rowing clubs of the world, DUBC maintains a long history of success at domestic and international level. Multiple wins at National Championship events feature prominently alongside victories at Henley Royal Regatta and Irish University Championships. DUBC’s accolades span the breadth of competitive rowing, from novice level to World Championship and Olympic representation.
Rowing for DUBC offers the opportunity for intensive training in both sweep and sculling boats, accommodated by state of the art, high-performance facilities for both land-based and water training. Professional coaching structures and individualised training programmes facilitate the development of the student athlete, while encouraging the high academic standard demanded of students at Trinity.