The History of Durham University Boat Club
Regular regattas started by Durham University.
Durham Regatta was founded by the University with help of Squire Lloyd Wharton of Dryburn, after almost 20 years of aquatic festivities celebrating the victory at Waterloo. Durham University original Club raced in “Sylph”
Durham University Boat Club is officially formed
Graduate’s Challenge Cup presented to Durham University BC for junior inter-collegiate fours, raced for since 1879 but the cup was only presented in 1897.
Simon Hobbs (Kings College, Durham University) spare man for GB Olympic team, so possibly the first international athlete from region.
First Tees Long Distance Sculls is held as an invitation event. Course from North Tees Power Station to Victoria Bridge (3.75 miles). Won by Rolf Munding of Durham University BC.
(Easter) The Club visited Holland for a training camp with hosts Groningen Students Rowing Club in Aegir, as a result of the Clubs meeting in the Ladies Plate at Henley in 1972. DUBC are adopting the new style of an efficient compact stroke with virtually no body swing, followed by very slow controlled sliding.
The club took delivery of a Geo Sims of Twickenham 8+ “Prince Bishop” costing £1,100. The boat was a cross between a Donoratico and a Karlisch, and the first boat ever built with carbon fibre ribs beneath the canvasses. It weighed 45 lbs lighter than the lightest boat in Britain. The boat was 56 feet long with a very short stern. Sectioned in two parts rather than the usual three.
Durham University finished second to Durham ARC in the Page Pennant competition.
Geoff Potts, originally Tees RC, but now Durham ARC, and coached by Eric Halliday of Durham University, selected as Gt. Britain Lightweight Single Sculler at World Rowing Championships in Lucerne. First time ligtweight events included. Geoff wins the first ever WRC lightweight race & finishes 4th overall.
The first crew from the North East region to win at Henley Royal Regatta since 1874, DUBC win the Visitors Challenge Cup. Crew: Peter McManners, Tom Durie, Peter Scott, Chris Shawcross
Graduate Colin Barratt wins Gold in the LM4- at the World Championships in Slovenia
Graduate Colin Barratt wins Gold in the LM8+ at the World Championships in Belgium
DUBC 4- selected to represent GB at Match des Seniors (U23s) James Stewart, Mike Roberts, Dave Rendle, Damian Hessian coached by Eric Halladay, 5th place.
DUBC win the Visitors Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta for a second time. Crew: Simon Pelly, Andrew Purvis, Dave Rendle, Damian Hessian
DUWBC selected to represent GB at Match des Seniors (U23s) in W4+. Finished 5th Jo Crookhall, Philippa Cross, Di Foster, Mary Sladden, cox Jojo Freeland coach Paul Mines.
DUBC won the Visitors Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta for the third time. Scott Taylor, Mark Towers, James Chaytor, O.W.Hall-Craggs
DUBC Mark Towers and George Every represented GB at U23s in M8+ winning Bronze
The Fresher squad is established
DUWBC won at Henley Women’s Regatta S2 4+, Sarah van Newkirk, Laura Morgan, Elisabeth Lugg, Caroline Phillips cox Russell Slatford.
Russell Slatford and Graduate Roger Brown win Gold at the U23 World Championships in the M8+
DUWBC won Club VIIIs at HWR Anne Lancaster, Margaret Cooke, Fran Cunningham, Ali Holland, Sarah van Newkirk, Pip Graham, Caroline Phillips, Kim Thomas cox Ed Dutton.
DUBC won Visitors at HRR with Charlie Harris, Hugo Mills, Ed Bellamy, Simon Pattinson.
Graduates Wade Hall-Craggs, Roger Brown, Kim Thomas and Philippa Cross compete at the Olympic Games
Graduate Andy Butt wins Silver in the LM8+ at the World Championships in Canada
Graduate Ed Bellamy wins Gold at the U23 World Championships in the M8+
Graduate Wade Hall-Craggs wins the Wingfield Sculls
Graduates Roger Brown (M8+) and Wade Hall-Craggs (M1x) win Gold and Bronze respectively at the Commonwealth Regatta
Graduate Andy Butt wins Silver in the LM8+ at the World Championships in Finland
Graduates Roger Brown (M8+), Philippa Cross (W2-) and Suzie Ellis (W8+) compete at the Atlanta Olympic Games
Graduate Malindi Myers wins Silver in the LW2- at the World Championships in Great Britain
The 1st Northumbrian Water Boat Race in the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne revived old inter-campus races that used to be held between Durham University’s Colleges in Newcastle and Durham (previously held in coxed fours).
Graduate Malindi Myers wins Bronze in the LW2- at the World Championships in France
Graduate Malindi Myers wins Silver in the LW2- at the World Championships in Canada
Wade Hall-Craggs is employed as the Head Coach
Ian Lawson wins Bronze at the World University Games in the M2x
DUWBC win at Henley Womens Regatta in LW2-. Magdalene Barron in composite with TSS which goes onto win a bronze medal at National Championships and represent Scotland at Home Inyernational Regatta.
Peter Rudge wins Bronze at the World Championships in the M4+
DUBC and DUWBC merge to become one club.
DUBC win College VIIIs at Henley Womens Regatta. Naomi Hoogesteger, Louise Buxton, Bryony Oldale, Celia Kingston, Laura Gater, Helen Loughran, Marsaili Scott, Clare Leake cox Emma Crozier.
Graduate Tracy Langlands wins Bronze in the LW2x at the World Championships
Graduates Chantal Shahloub (W4x), Angus MacAlister (M4x) and Paul Turner (M4x, M2x) win Gold, Silver and Bronzes respectively at the Commonwealth Regatta
Graduate Malindi Myers wins Gold at the World Championships in Croatio in the LW2-
Peter Rudge wins Silver in the M4+ at the World Championships
Graduate Ian Lawson wins the Wingfield Sculls for the 3rd year running
Durham University BC won at Henley Womens Regatta in senior quads Clare Leake, Rachel Harris, Ann Fines Allin, Louisa Reeve.
Paul Kelly and James Clarke selected to represent GB at U23s in LM2- and won bronze medal.
DUBC won the BUSA Regatta winning the Eric Halladay Memorial trophy, the first time that Nottingham had ever lost the title.
Stephen Rowbotham wins Silver at FISU World University Championships
Graduates Ian Lawson(M1x) and Tracy Langlands (LW2x) compete at the Athen’s Olympic Games
Men’s 1st 8 win Ortner Shield for universities at the HORR
Coxed four or P. Evans, P. Thomas, J. Foster, N. Jones and T. Hill win the Men’s Student Coxed Fours event at HRR (now the Prince Albert Challenge Cup)
Coxless four of L. Reeve, A. Allin and L. Gooderham (in a Nottingham University BC composite) win Senior Coxless Fours at HWR
L. Gater wins Senior Single Scull at HWR
Graduate Naomi Hoogesteger wins Bronze at the World Championships in Japan
Durham wins BUSA Regatta
M. Paxton, A. Hoskins, F. Fletcher and E. Steel win HWR in Senior Quad Sculls
Graduate James Clarke strokes the winning LM4- at the World Championships
Graduate Steve Rowbotham wins Bronze in the M2x at the World Championships
Louisa Reeve wins Gold at the World University Rowing Championships
Frances Fletcher wins Silver at the U23 World Championships in the W4x
Durham wins BUSA Regatta
S. Bradshaw, A. Wolstencroft, F. Fletcher and E. Steel win HWR in Lightweight Quad Sculls
Graduate L. Reeve wins Bronze at the World Championships in Germany in the W8+
Durham wins BUSA Regatta
Men’s 1st 8 finish 6th at the HORR whilst the women finish 3rd at the WHORR
Emily Taylor and Hannah Elsy win Silver at the European Championships in the W8+ and Bronze in the W2-
Nick Fearnhead and Henry Chin win Bronze at the U23 World Championships in the LM4x and Silver in the World University Rowing Championships in the 2x
Graduate Steve Rowbotham wins Olympic Bronze medal in the M2x at Beijing – the first British Olympic sculling medal since 1976
Graduates James Clarke (LM4- ) and Louisa Reeve (W8+ and W2-) final at the Beijing Olympics
Durham wins BUCS Regatta
Sarah Cowburn wins Silver at the Rowing World Cup in the W4x
Emily Taylor (W8+), Will Fletcher (LM4x) and Keiren Emery (M8+) win Gold and Bronzes respectively at the U23 World Championships in the Czech Republic
Graduate Steve Rowbotham wins Gold in the M2x at the Rowing World Cup in Spain
Durham wins BUCS Regatta
DUBC runs the inaugural year of the Winter Challenge Cup
The Women finish 4th at the WHORR
Durham wins BUCS Regatta for the 7th year running
Graduates James Clarke and Lousia Reeve win Gold at the Bled Rowing World Cup in the M8+ and W8+ respectively
Graduate Steve Rowbotham wins Bronze at the World Cups in Germany and Switzerland in the M4x
Will Fletcher (LM4-), Matthew Rossiter (M4-) and Jamie Watson (LM4x) win Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively at the U23 World Championships in Belarus
Matthew Rossiter and Emily Taylor win Golds at the World University Rowing Championships in the M8+ and the W4- respectively