Durham University Boat Club has never been a stranger to success at BUCS regatta but 2013 will be the the year that none of its members and supporters alike will ever forget. 12 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals and many more high placings across a myriad of events at the regatta placed DUBC not only at the top of the medal table, but also clinched the Victor Ludorum for the 10th successive year. This record breaking streak makes DUBC the most successful rowing club in BUCS sport history.
The medal rush couldn’t have started any sooner with the women’s lightweight 8 gaining an impressive silver in the very first final of the regatta, and then they just kept coming. The lightweight women went on to gain a silver in the double sculls. Saturday also brought silver for Lloyd Seaman in his intermediate lightweight single, who soon after helped the lightweight coxless four win bronze.
The fresher squad made their debut to the event with a decisive gold in the men’s coxed fours, with 2 further golds being won by Angus Groom and Barney Stentiford in the men’s championship and intermediate singles respectively. Saturday’s racing was capped off with a furious battle in the men’s championship eights, with Durham only just missing the medal podium by under a second. Congratulations to Newcastle for a well earned victory. At the close of Saturday, Imperial College lead Durham in the VL table by 26 points.
Sunday brought with it more medals for the women’s squad with Trude Meyer winning gold in the intermediate singles and Mimi Carlton winning bronze in the equivalent lightweight event, and soon after helping the lightweight coxless four win gold. The freshers squad continued to deliver with a silver in the men’s eight, with the senior men winning silver in the lightweight quadruple sculls, and gold in the heavyweight championship fours and double sculls. At the close of Sunday, Imperial College lead Durham in the VL table by 2 points.
Monday. Despite two days of constant racing and constant performance, DUBC still had work to do, and they delivered. Gold medals in the women’s lightweight pairs, the women’s coxless fours, the men’s championship pairs and quadruple sculls and the women’s beginner eights, a silver medal in the men’s intermediate pairs and a bronze medal in the women’s championship doubles. At the close of Monday, Durham lead the VL table by 56 points.
Victor Ludorum translated means “the winner of the games”, Durham has proved over the past three days, and over the past decade that this is a worthy title.
Finally DUBC would like to thank the alumni, friends and family for their overwhelming support as well as the voluntary catering operation up in the tent, for making the weekend feel that little bit easier!