Dublin University Boat Club
Rowing on the Liffey since 1836
And that’s it for the 2017 rowing season, DUBC’s 150th. We’ve had many victorys and even more tight losses, in what was a very enjoyable and exciting season.
We owe a huge thanks to Charlie Cunningham and all of our coaches, professional and volunteer, all of our alumni and family supporters, and all others who work tirelessly to allow us enjoy rowing for DUBC as we do.
We will be back next year for the 2018 season with more experience, more desire to win, and in a great position to do that, but for now our athletes will take a well deserved break after a brilliant season.
Thank you all, and well rowed Trinity!
At the first day of this year’s Irish Rowing Championships, two DUBC crews put in very good performances, but ultimately did not succeed in winning their respective events.
The Intermediate 4+, who qualified with the fastest time from any semi-final, achieved third position in the final, three lengths behind the winners, NUIG.
In the Club 8, DUBC was pipped in the fastest semi-final, finishing in that heat just two seconds behind the eventual winners of the event, NUIG.
On the second day of the Irish Rowing Championships, DUBC sculler Daniel Dennis, rowing in the Club Sculls, was pipped by a canvas out of a qualification spot in his heat this morning.
In the Intermediate 8s, the DUBC Intermediate 8 finished in third place, one length behind the winners, UCD’s Senior 8.
Due to adverse weather conditions, racing was cancelled this evening, and the Novice 8s Championship has been postponed until 7:25am tomorrow morning.
On the final day of the 2017 Irish Rowing Championships, DUBC crews were once again involved in a number of brilliant races.
In the Novice 8, DUBC came third.
In the Club 4, one of the most tightly contested events at the regatta, DUBC progressed through their Heat and Semi-Final before being beaten in the final.
In the Senior 8s, DUBC came fourth in a tight six boat race. DUBC was one second off the lead at the 1k, eventually finishing 2 lengths behind Commercial RC, who retain the championship.
Well rowed Trinity.
After gaining valuable racing experience at London Metropolitan regatta, two crews were sent to
this year’s Henley Royal Regatta. A 4+ was sent to compete in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup and
an 8+ was sent to compete in the Temple Challenge Cup.
With the cancellation of London HOR leading to relatively little overseas racing, both crews were
required to qualify through the qualifying races on Friday the 23 rd of June. Fortunately, both crews
managed to qualify, despite very large entries in both events.
Both crews had their first race on Wednesday. For 10/12 members of the squad, this was their first
experience of racing at Henley. The 4+ was first to compete, and they were drawn against Deerfield
College U.S.A. The crew were well aware of the strength of the opposition and what it would take to
beat them. After being slightly down off the start, the Trinity crew did really well to keep calm and
stay in the race. It was a thrilling race with both crews neck and neck the whole way down the
course. Coming into the enclosures, it was too tight to call with both crews giving it everything. In
the end, it was Deerfield who came away with the win with a margin of 4 feet. The Trinity crew was
disappointed but could walk away proud having fought hard against a strong Deerfield crew.
The Temple 8+ was racing shortly afterwards against a crew from Pembroke College Oxford. Again,
the crew knew that they had a tough test ahead. A strong start out of the blocks gave Trinity a lead
which they edged out to about a length. The experienced Pembroke crew did not give in however,
and pushed the crew to the line, with a final margin of ¾ of a length. The next race would be on
thursday against University of California, Berkeley, and the crew knew the challenge that faced
them. Despite their best efforts the crew was well beaten by a strong and experienced crew from
After being knocked out, both crews stayed until the Saturday to watch the 1977 Ladies’ Plate Crew
row-over the course. Afterwards, the crews met with alumni and others at ‘The Barrel’ in Butler’s
Field where a very enjoyable night was had by all.
The entire squad was very thankful for all the fundraising that had been done to allow them to have
this great experience in Henley. The squad is also very grateful to Reading Blue Coat School who
allowed us to use their facilities to train after we were knocked out and even provided a complimentary lunch. Both crews left Henley proud of their performance and having gained valuable race experience and were very grateful to have had the opportunity to race in Henley and represent DUBC. All races from HRR can be watched on YouTube and the results of races including times can be accessed on the HRR website.
By Brian Cronin, 2 seat, Temple VIII
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.