DUBC win at HWR 2011

In an exciting three days of racing, DUBC’s 4+ of Rosie Minikin, Flo Cox, Adam Beake (cox), Jenni Stephenson, Rachel Martin and Tristan Maygothling (coach) came away from HWR with a very well deserved win. This crew was our top DUBC crew entered into Intermediate Academic Coxed Fours. The 4+ beat Kingston University ‘easily,’ the Royal Vetinary College BC ‘easily,’ Osiris by a canvas and in the final beat Kings College London by one length. Huge congratulations to the whole crew.

Also racing at Henley, we had some of our top athletes racing in composite crews. Our top female athlete – Sarah Cowburn – raced in her GB U23 Double with Rachel Gamble-Flint of Leander, narrowly missing out to the national Irish squad double. Jo Fitzsimmons in a Durham, Mersey, Tees and Marlow composite beat Guildford ‘easily’ in the semi-final before just losing out to another composite by an agonising canvas in the final. Char Jackson coxed the GB U23 8, beating American entries of Princeton and Brown universities in the quarter and semi-finals. The final against Britain’s European 8 was always going to be a tough race with the U23s just losing by a third of a length in what was a very tight race.

HRR now fast approaches and Durham’s crews are training hard on the Henley stretch in readiness for kick-off on Wednesday 29th June.

Five Durham alumni picked for Munich World Cup


Five Durham alumni have just been announced as making up part of the GB team for Munich for the first World Cup.

Stephen Rowbotham in the M4x, Emily Taylor and Louisa Reeve in the W8 and Sophie Hosking in the LW2x. Rob Morgan will be coaching the LM2- and LM4-.

Amazingly, Emily Taylor (pictured here) and Steve Rowbotham both learnt to row at Durham as part of the Freshers’ Programme.

Congratulations and best of luck later this month in Munich from everyone at DUBC!


Durham clinches Victor Ludorum for eight consecutive year

This weekend saw DUBC pit itself against all of the other rowing universities in the country at the annual BUCS Regatta. Durham overcame the challenging conditions to record result after result, staving off Reading, Newcastle and Imperial to be announced the overall winners of the event.

Stu Innes won championship Gold in his single in  what was a fantastic race against stiff competition to  add to his championship Silver in the double with  Angus Groom. Our Women’s championship coxless  four of Jo Fitzsimmons, Sarah Cowburn, Daisy Colsell  and Jenni Stephenson rowed through Newcastle  literally on the last stroke of the race to claim a well deserved Gold ahead of not only our local rivals but also Reading. Our Lightweight women performed excellently this weekend and Flo Cox and Meghan McCarthy were delighted with Gold in championship lightweight pairs to add to their silver in the lightweight women’s quad and coxless four. Other Golds came for Phil Congdon and Stu McCluskey in the intermediate pairs and to Barney Stentiford and John Ford in the intermediate double.

Our freshers secured Silver in the women’s coxed four and Bronze in the men’s eight, whilst also finalling in the men’s coxed four and women’s eight in an impressive display of our depth of strength in this squad.


BarbaraThanks go to our support team for all they did over the weekend – to Chris and Barbara, Rob and Rose, all of our parent helpers and to Katherine, Kieren and Andrea, not to mention our hugely dedicated coaching team.


Now our attention turns to our summer campaigns for Henley Women’s Regatta, Henley Royal Regatta and international representation for our top athletes.



After a trying few months, plagued by illness and injury, ice and inundation, we finally reached our first climax to the year in Peterborough. This two day event was the first opportunity to race against the other universities.

Saturday was the day of the beginners with two divisions of fearsome competition raced in four categories: Men’s and Women’s 8s and 4s. The first divisions saw the Men’s 8 and Women’s 4 cruise to victory with the Women a comfortable 22seconds ahead of Newcastle and the Men beating Nottingham by 2 seconds to claim gold.

In the second division, once again the Women proved their dominance to race to gold in the 8 over Reading by 4 seconds, an excellent foothold considering four of them already had one race in their legs. The second Men’s boat, the 4 had a good race and came 7th. After a successful days racing the squad came away with 3 golds.

The following day saw the first major showcase of the talent in the Senior Squad, with all athletes competing in at least two divisions.

Division one saw the two Women’s 8s racing, both events having been in Durham’s hands since at least 2004. The whole squad having been severely affected by illness the past term and a half, the second 8 was a little thin on the ground so two fresher’s warmed up from their previous days racing, along with a super sub in Phoebe Cowen. They finished the race with the Intermediate 8 coming first and the Championship 8 in second.

The Men’s squad split their 8s into fours with half the 1st 8 in the Championship 4+ and the other half in Championship 4x, in Division 2. The 2nd 8 raced as the Championship 4- and Intermediate 4+. The lightweights raced as a 4x, but unfortunately didn’t make the start in time for their 4- in Division 2.

By the end of Division 2, the Men’s Squad had won a gold in the Champ 4x, silvers in Champ 4+ and 4-, missing out on gold in the 4- by 0.1seconds, bronze in the Int 4+ and a disappointing 5th in the Lwt4x.

The Women also split in to 4s and 4xs, with the Champ 4x winning gold with a large margin of almost 13seconds. The Champ 4- came second in their event to Reading by 4seconds and the Lwt 4x came third. The Champ 4+, half of the 2nd 8, came 6th in a hard race against what for most clubs would have been their top athletes.

The last division of the day also had the Men’s 8s racing in Champ and Intermediate events. The Intermediate 8 stormed to victory, beating second place Bristol by 15 seconds. Unfortunately the 1st 8 did not have as good a race as hoped, finalising in the last 500m raced with one athlete almost passed out, doing so across the line. They finished just outside the medals in 4th place; still a work in progress, especially with the likes of Oxford Brookes and Queen’s, Belfast, not competing.

Overall the event turned out to be a very successful day with Durham topping the BUCS Leaderboard with 121 points to Reading’s 119. A little close for comfort, but a good place to start our BUCS Regatta campaign from.

GB Trials & South Yorkshire Head

This weekend saw the triallists racing at Dorney, whilst the remainder of the Men’s squad and the Freshers’ squad competed at the South Yorkshire Head.

In Dorney, particular congratulations go to Sarah Cowburn for her very impressive 3rd U23 and to  Steve Jones and Callum for performing well on the day in their pair finishing a very creditable 15th overall (3rd U23 they think?!) Leaving Durham last year, Emily Taylor has just been picked for the national team – congratulations to her too.

At Doncaster, the freshers put in very dominant performances with the Women’s 4+ winning by 40+ seconds and the men claiming gold in their 8+. The seniors faced little competition but it provided a good chance for the crews to focus on their racing with little pressure. Some good performances were put in and the racing provided a very useful dress rehearsal for BUCS Head this weekend.

With trials on hold, DUBC is now absolutely focussed on an important week’s training in the lead up to the BUCS Head in Peterborough over the coming weekend.

DUBC Alumni break World Record with Team Hallin

A huge congratulations from everyone at DUBC to alumni David Hosking MBE, Chris Covey, Naomi Hoogesteger, Paddy Thomas for this incredible achievement!

“A team of rowers from Durham University has broken the world record for rowing across the Atlantic.

The previous record for crossing east to west was just over 33 days. Team Hallin have succeeded in rowing from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean in 31 days, 23 hours and 31 minutes.

As well as attempting to break the world record the team were trying to raise £60,000 for the charity Combat Stress which cares for ex-servicemen and women.

So far they’ve achieved one of their goals, arriving in Barbados on Monday, and they’re half way to their fundraising target.”


Read more here: http://www.britishrowing.org/news/team-hallin-break-record & http://www.teamhallin.co.uk/wp/

Quintin Head & Match Racing

DUBC men’s squad travelled to the Tideway with 3 8s this weekend. Saturday saw the club compete in the Quintin Head. The racing proved very exciting for University rowing. There was less than 2 seconds separating Goldie (3rd place), Newcastle 1st 8, UL 1st 8 and our 1st 8 (6th place.) The margins at the top then are incredibly tight. Durham proved good strength in depth and despite a squad disrupted by injury and illness, our 2nd and 3rd 8s very comfortably beat Newcastle’s 2nd 8.

On Sunday, UL hosted a match racing event for their 3 8s, Durham’s 3 8s and  Newcastle’s top 2 8s. In these one-on-one races, there was some incredibly close and very exciting racing. Unfortunately, Durham 2 were drawn against Durham 3 in the first round but after a race in which the 3rds almost upset the balance, the 2nds just claimed victory, going on to comfortably beat UL’s 3rd 8. Durham’s 1st 8 raced Newcastle, and in a very tense race, just lost out to the local rivals but went on to beat the UL second boat. UL came away with the overall win this time, but can be sure that Durham will come back stronger.

The weekend proved just how competitive University rowing is now at the top end. Durham will be working very hard to ensure we dominate at BUCS Head in Peterborough over the weekend of the 19-20th February – the first proper chance to see how DUBC is shaping up against all of the other  University boat clubs in the country.

Winter Challenge Cup Results

Please find the Winter Challenge Cup results in ‘Our Events’ -> ‘Winter Challenge Cup.’

Thank you to everyone who took part and particular congratulations to Hatfield College who came away with the Victor Ludorum.

I hope everyone enjoyed their day’s racing and will be back next year!

DUBC Freshers dominate Newcastle at WCC

Durham Fresher Men and Women faced Newcastle for the first time today in sweep boats and came away victorious with comfortable margins over the local arch-rivals.

This was a very good showing from our Freshers’ squad who have only progressed from sculling to sweep boats in the past few weeks. Their next major competition is in one month’s time at BUCS Beginners Head.