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.