Winter Challenge Cup Update


Head Race – starting at 10:45am

Regatta Race – first start at 2:00pm

A representative for every club has been informed.

Please find downloads for the draw, general event info, instructions to crews and circulation diagrams under ‘Our Events’ -> ‘ Winter Challenge Cup.’

Durham Alumni take on the Atlantic

Team Hallin – a crew of six including four Durham Alumni are due to depart the Canary Islands in a record breaking attempt to smash the record for the much coveted East-West Trans-Atlantic Crossing.

David Hosking MBE, Chris Covey, Naomi Hoogesteger and Paddy Thomas are hoping to not only beat the current record of 33 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes , but to become the first crew to row accross the Atlantic in under 30 days.

David rowed at Durham in the late ’70s before going on to win Gold at the 1980 World Rowing Championships in the LW8+.  Chris learnt to row at Durham with the Freshers’ squad and went on to row in the 2005 crew that won the University pennant at the HORR. In the same year, Paddy won the Student Coxed Fours event with DUBC at HRR. Naomi also learnt to row at Durham before going on to win Bronze at the World Rowing Championships in the LW4x.

The crew are racing in aid of Combat Stress – the UK’s leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans’ mental health.

You can follow their progress and donate to this very worthy cause at

We wish them the best of luck!

Rutherford Head and Newcastle/UL Match Racing

The weekend of the 27th & 28th November provided a good chance to see how our crews are shaping up.

At Rutherford head, in the 1st division, it was the turn of our Men’s 8s and our Women’s 4-s. The 1st 8 were disappointed with their row and came in second behind Newcastle’s non-student 8 and ahead of UL’s top crew. The 2nd 8 faired well against their Newcastle counterparts but were beaten by UL’s 2nd crew. Jenni Stephenson’s IM2 4- won their category and were the fastest four of the day.

Division 2 saw pretty horrendous blizzard conditions. In fact, standing on Newburn bridge – the snow was so bad you could hardly make out Newcastle steps. Our women’s 8+ won Elite 8+s in style whilst perhaps the performance of the day came from a scratch crew – our IM2 men’s quad of James Dodd, Stu McCluskey, Mike Walker and Stu West, which was put together on the day. They finished second overall, only 2 seconds behind UL’s winning Elite 4x-.

The following day, Durham’s and Newcastle’s top 2 men’s 8s and UL’s top 3 men’s 8s took to the icy waters of the Tyne. After the launches had broken up the sheets of ice, the crews competed in this private match race of 1500m side by side racing on Newburn Straight. Durham’s 1st 8 put amends to their performance the day before and came out victorious winning a magnificent trophy supplied by UL. Durham look forward to their away match against UL at the end of January.

Mixed results at HOR4s

Plagued by illness in the run-up to the Head of the River Fours on the Thames, DUBC saw mixed successes. It seemed to be a day for lightweights with Leander’s LM4x winning the Headship. The crew included alumnus Nick Fearnhead and ex-apprentice coach Keiran Emery.

DUBC boated flagship quads for our Men and Women’s squads. Both were disappointed with the results – particularly the men for whom a crash cost them the pennant. One of the crews that performed well was our almost lightweight quad pictured here. They finished comfortably ahead of Newcastle’s top boat and Oxford Brooke’s 2nd boat.

This weekend sees DUBC take to the Tyne in force for the Rutherford Head. Best of luck to all crews from our 1st 8s to our Fresher 4x+s

DUBC get race experience at Tyne LDS and TURC SBH

The 16th of October saw the club racing for the first time this season. It provided a good chance to get in some race experience before the GB trials this weekend to which DUBC is sending a strong contingent. It was also an opportunity to see how our squad is shaping up compared to local rivals – Newcastle.  The club put in some strong performances with the fastest men’s quad, double, four, and the second fastest men’s single scull. The women had the fastest double, pair and four of the weekend. Best of luck to our athletes competing this coming weekend at Boston.

DUBC athletes compete for GB

Congratulations go to DUBC students who have been competing at both the U23 World Championships in Brest, Belarus and the World University Rowing Championships in Szeged, Hungary.

Results from the U23 World Championships:
– Matt Rossiter Silver in M4-
– Jamie Watson Bronze in LM4x
– Jenny Arnold 4th in W4-
– Will Fletcher, apprentice coach, Gold in LM4-

Results from World University Championships:
– Matt Rossiter Gold in M8+
– Emily Taylor Gold in W4-
– Phil Congdon 3rd in B Final in M2- (commiserations to Stu McCluskey, Phil’s original pairs partner who broke his collar bone with weeks to go before the championships)

These are fantastic results for the individuals concerned but also for the club as a whole and we look forward to building on these successes over the next season. Good luck to our DUBC crews racing at the EUSA regatta in Amsterdam! (19th – 22nd August)

Summer sculling camps

For those interested in the DUBC summer sculling camps please see the weblink below:

DUBC athletes excell at international regatta

DUBC athletes Jamie Watson (Hatfield College) and Jenny Arnold (Grey College) travelled to Amsterdam this weekend to compete at the annual Koninklijke Holland Beker International Regatta.
Despite strong international competition both Jamie and Jenny put in outstanding performances against U23 and senior crews. Jenny Arnold placed 1st in the women’s U23 coxless four while Jamie Watson U23 Lwt quad finished 2nd in a competitive field.

2010 Summer Preseason

This year’s preseason training for all athletes (current and intake) will begin on 13/09/10. Any queries please contact either the men’s captain (Steve Winship: or women’s captain (Jenny Arnold:

University Boat Race

The weekend saw the annual University Boat race between Durham and Newcastle. For the full round-up on how Durham managed to fight back to level the event at 2-2 read the article below:

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