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Dublin University Boat Club
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November 26th, 2015

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November 27th, 2012
Just a reminder to all members, past and present, that DUBC are operating on a new website. The website can be found at the following address.

September 24th, 2012
DUBC is proud to announce the new home on the internet. The site will be connected with the club's other social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter and will allow easier publication of photos and videos from club events.

July 23rd, 2012
Trinity's men had crews competing on all 3 days of events in the 2012 Irish Championships. All of which competed superbly and did themselves and their college proud.

Friday was the opening day of the championships with four crews competing, Paul Mannix in the J18 1X, 2 Intermediate 4+'s and the Novice 8+.

The closest race of the day was the shootout between NUIG and Trinity in the men's intermediate coxed four. NUIG had taken over the lead from Trinity and led as the crews charged for the line. But Trinity found another gear upped the rate and came like a train to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by 0.6 of a second. Cox: Maeve Crockett Stk: Daniel Ryan 3: Ian Kelly 2: Paul Flaherty Bow: Patrick Hughes.

J18 sculler Paul Mannix performed superbly making the final in an intensely competitive field. We look forward to see what sort of damage he can do with some extra preparation next year.

The novice 8s golden year ended disappointingly but that cannot tarnish their undefeated record for the season coming into the championships. The novice squad was greatly weakened in the lead up to champs with people leaving for job commitments and summer engagements.

Saturday saw a fleet of trinity scullers take to the water for novice 1X championships. With Matthew Brophy competing excellently but some unfortunate steering meant he had to settle for 5th behind some tough competition.

However DUBC's main focus for 2012 was fast approaching in the men's intermediate 8+. The crew and cox Maeve Crockett executed a perfect race plan pushing any chance of losing out of everybody's mind by the 1000 metre mark. Crossing the finishing line comfortably over a length ahead of NUIG and UCD who had to fight over the scraps left by DUBC.
Cox: Maeve Crockett Stk. Daniel Ryan 7. Ian Kelly 6. Paul Flaherty 5. Patrick Hughes 4. Charlie Landale 3. Will Hurley 2. Fionn McCaffrey Bow. Dillion Rooney.

Sunday the final day of the championships saw the novice 4s, inter pair, inter double and senior 8 take to the water. With both novice 4s making it to the final with ease but lacked the killer instinct needed in the final to secure the championship
The inter pair, a new combination coming together in late June saw a young pair take on the field and really impressed making their final coming in at a respectable 4th in a challenging field.
The inter double, again another new combination, but this time having never competed together before their race were unfortunate to be drawn in a tough heat and failed to make it through to their final.

And so on to the senior 8s, the intermediate from the previous day's victory took to the water one last time. Having reached the target for the year, bodies started to relax, the weekend's racing caught up with a few oarsmen, the mental sharpness that was there before all the other races seemed to missing. I heard some of the crew wanted to leave themselves a challenge for next season but that's just a rumour.

And so DUBC looks to the future with a solid group of senior standard athletes, competitive novices moving into inter level and with a new development coach the novices should be of a high calibre.
The future looks bright. The future… is black and white.

March 27th, 2012
Trinity claim Best Overall Club at Dublin Head of the River

The Dublin University Boat Clubs are in celebratory mood this weekend having claimed the Diana Cooke Cup for best overall club at the 68th annual Dublin Head of the River Race, which took place on Saturday, 24th March. Hundreds of enthusiastic supporters and bemused tourists who lined the Liffey Boardwalk watched and cheered happily as the crews of DUBC and DULBC took to the river. Amid the fleet of forty boats competing at this year's event, was tough competition from UCD, Queens and Commercial rowing clubs.

The time-trial course ran for just over 3km; starting the Ha'penny Bridge, providing a navigational challenge through the ten bridges of the city centre and finishing with a one kilometre sprint section, from Heuston Station to Islandbridge. The race is the largest rowing spectacle to take place on the River Liffey each year, and provides a good opportunity for friends, family and supporters to see our rowers in action. This support could be clearly heard on the Millennium Bridge, where Trinity supporters had amassed, greeting the crews passing underneath with a deafening roar.

After the wash had settled and the prizes had been awarded, the Trinity crews returned to the Trinity Boathouse, bearing not only the pennants for the Men's Novice VIII, Men's Intermediate VIII and Ladies' Intermediate VIII categories, but also as the Diana Cooke Cup for best overall club at the event.

After such a strong performance, the mood is buoyant in Islandbridge. Both clubs now look forward to the annual Trinity Regatta, which well be held at the Trinity Boathouse in Islandbridge on Easter Saturday, 7 April.

March 13th, 2012
The Gannon is fast approaching and the crews have been assembled. All DUBC oarsmen are eager to put their winter training to the test.

2012 Crews
Gannon VIII

Bow Paul Mannix
2 AJ Rawlinson
3 William Hurley
4 Charlie Landale
5 Patrick Hughes
6 Paul Flaherty
7 Ian Kelly
Stk Daniel Ryan
Cox Maeve Crockett

Dan Quinn Novice VIII

Bow Cormac Shine
2 Ian Hurley
3 TJ Fleming
4 Bernard Doherty
5 Michael Buckley
6 Seth Smith
7 Laurence Tyrrell
Stk Paul Mahony
Cox Connor Traynor

Goonan Novice VIII

Bow Jamie Pounch
3 John Flanagan
4 Mark McCormack
5 Joe Doyle
6 Andrew O'Hare
7 Stephen Deeney
Stk Alex Sloan

March 7th, 2012
Club ties and scarves are available to purchase from Fionn McCaffrey. Fionn can be contacted at 087-6150479 or

March 4th, 2012
Erne Head of the River, 3rd March

DUBC had another very competitive Saturday of racing in Enniskillen this weekend. The club fielded four crews, intermediate 8+, novice 8+, intermediate 4x and intermediate 4+. The second year novice 8 is certainly living up to its reputation, coming in streaks ahead of the competition over the 6kilometre race and defending the title claimed by last year's novices.
The intermediate quad also claimed a pennant on the Erne for a second year in a row. The boat was steered from 3, which is an incredible feat in itself so a special mention must be made of Ian Kelly for doing an incredible job and steering a competitive course.
The intermediate 8 came in seven seconds behind their main competition for the coming season, NUIG, and only 40 seconds behind NUIG's senior 8 who took the senior pennant. The crew are pleased with the result considering the boat is weakened through injury and illness and look forward to the coming short course racing season.
The intermediate 4+ was made up of second year novices not in the novice 8 and were pretty competitive in their category considering they had a clash midway down the course.

All of DUBC's crews performed incredibly well considering they only had 3 training sessions in the above combinations prior to the race. DUBC is now in the build up for the Colours race on the 19th of March. With final crew selections due to be announced following further testing and seat racing within the squad this week.

January 19th, 2012
January saw the men of DUBC undertake intensive training camps, The inter/senior squad "braved" the 20 degree heat in Seville for an 8 day camp while both groups of novices had their own separate camps. The Spanish facilities were world class as international crews were among the other crews sharing the river and gym with, many of which are in the lead up to the London games. Rubbing shoulders with these high performance athletes certainly helped bolster a productive and professional week of training with roughly 210 kilometres completed by each Trinity athlete. Rowing on the River Guadalquivir presented the Irish athletes with a guaranteed row on flat conditions compared to Blessington lake which was experiencing gusts of around 100km/h in the week prior to the Seville excursion.The camp's main goal was to develop and cement skills of small boats which can later be transferred into the larger crew boats as we move into the regatta season.

Conditions in Ireland almost led to the second year novice training camp being canceled but instead meant severely reduced water work and a week packed full of weights and indoor rowing machines. While seniors were in Spain the first year squad also had a meaningful week of hard work mainly focused on technique. They have all become accustomed to the early starts and trained until dark on a calmed Blessington lake. The novices racked up an impressive 40 kilometres a day in 8s and spent their lunch getting acquainted with sculls . The squad had two boats of eight and at some points only had one cox to steer them. This was compensated by allowing one group to take out the sculls whilst the other would head out in the eight. At the end of the week the first years took part in a friendly competition on the lake. There were a few capsizes, enough to make the locals curious as to why Trinity swimming club were up in Wicklow. The record for the week was 5 capsizes in one day courtesy of "sculling tricks and magic". The first year squad expressed their deepest thanks to coxes and coach for the week and have become a close-knit group of friends thanks to it. All squads and coaches are happy with the progress but not yet fully satisfied as we start our run into the business end of the rowing season.

December 21st, 2011
2012 Gannon Cup
We can announce the news that the University Races will form part of The St Patrick's Day Festival weekend and will take place on Monday March 19th.
The years race will be run over the course from O'Connell Bridge to James' Gate Brewery.

8:30am – Sally Moorhead (Women's Novice Race)

9:00am – Dan Quinn Shield (Men's Novices)

9:30am – Corcoran Cup ( Women's Seniors)

10:00am – THE GANNON CUP (Men's Seniors)

December 21st, 2011
DUBC oarsmen take a deserved break from their formal training structure over the Christmas period, following recent fitness testing and competition. Athletes have been given strict guidelines of being able to see and touch their toes when they get back for training camps in the new year. Boats and rowing machines have been deemed off limits so most will be mounting their bicycles or tying on their running shoes for the festive season. Both novice squads will be taking to Blessington for intensive training, with the 2nd years braving it out in singles as the first years take the larger boats. While the novices are recovering from hypothermia at home the senior/inter squad jet off to sunny Seville in the south of Spain for a water training camp, focussing on pairs to improve boat moving proficiency. A lot of duelling on the water is expected in all camps as competition for places is strong within the club.

December 13th, 2011
Muckross head was dominated by DUBC, posting the fastest times at senior, intermediate and novice level in the 8+ and with the intermediate and novice 4+ event. They even received a mention on the Irish Times website here . DUBC also had 2 intermediate doubles and a lone single take to the water to compete, but these didn't post a fast enough time to claim the pennant in their respective classes. All athletes are looking forward to the Christmas break which is about to kick off with Christmas commons this Thursday.

December 13th, 2011
It has come to our attention that a small number of the Christmas cards sent out to alumni this year did not enclose an invitation to Trial VIIIs. As such we would like offer an apology to those that did not receive their invitation and to extend again an invitation to all Oldboys of the club.

The event will take place on the 18th of February 2012 in the Trinity Boathouse, War Memorial Park, Islandbridge, Dublin.

Please RSVP to by the 18th of January if you wish to attend.

November 13th, 2011
Neptune Head of the River 2011

As the fog cleared over the lake it was clear to see that conditions were almost perfect, the sun was out but there was still a bite of winter in the air, though the mirror-like water got many of the Trinity oarsmen eager to get out and test themselves on the vast lake. The race, just under 4 kilometres, is the first real race of the season for the DUBC intermediate squad, a squad that was hungry to prove that their proficiency in small boats is not just for the stretch at Islandbridge but that they are a club building a reputation in the area. An impression was definitely made as over 30 Trinity entries made up the flotilla of DUBC craft on the lake.

Trinity certainly put their hands up to be counted as they made 9 of the top 20 scullers, with Fionn McCaffrey and Admiral Charlie Landale both breaking into the top 5.
Captain William Hurley claimed, " The natural order had been restored" as he placed 3 seconds ahead and gained bragging rights over his roommate. Hurley commented that his new improvements were the result of a solid reduction in the amount of "craic" he was having and in order to reach the top " the club and I must stamp out all and any non-rowing activities which are seen as banter".

A scratch intermediate 8 claimed the title in the category beating UCD by over 12 seconds, with a strong performance for a crew that had only rowed together twice prior to the event. 2nd year novice crews have some work to do over the winter to overturn a deficit of 7 seconds to UCD, with a strong and improving squad they look set to take their scalp in the next encounter.

Though the day did not pass without incident, as the "B" quad had a run in with the Fuzz. A collision with Garda in the warm-up to the second head left the trinity quad unable to race. Needless to say there will be a few people lying low and ensuring their tax disks are up to date and dogs have been licensed for fear of the long arm of the law.

Following a relatively successful day of racing DUBC look forward to a winter of improvements with a training camp scheduled for the New Year in sunny Seville.

October 19th, 2011
DUBC AGM 20th Oct 6p.m Hamilton, Room: MACNEIL3: SL MACNEILL LECTURE

Preceded by R.B McDowell's memorial, Trinity Chapel 5p.m.

October 15th, 2011
National Championships. The second year novice squad finished their season as they started it, in style. Their command at novice level was emphasised with a victory of 3 lengths over the old rivals from across the river. A season which saw the crew undefeated at novice level bar once gives great encouragement to their coming season at inter level. The championship 8 then split into their respective bow and stern 4+ combinations for the final day of racing with the bow 4+ handling the extremely challenging conditions much better than most crews made the final but just missing out on a win. The intermediate viii were agonisingly close to the title. A drama filled event saw a gutsy performance by the Trinity crew, who were almost a length down at the 500 to go mark, they gave it their all in a final push but unfortunately the course was just a foot too short for the DUBC oarsmen, losing out to Queens by less than 12 inches. The first year novice group put out a strong showing placing 3rd in the viii, claiming the title of fastest first year crew. This group very bright futures ahead of them and will look to dominate in the coming season. Apologies for the obvious spelling mistake in the newsletter, the front page should read "Novice VIII Champions".

A memorial service is being held for the late R.B. Mcowell at 5pm Thursday the 20th October. The Boat club AGM will be held immediately afterwards.

The first Run for Mark in the Dark will take place at 7:30pm on 16th November simultaneously in Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Galway . The event is organised to raise funds for the Mark Pollock Trust an extremely worthwhile cause especially within the boat club. For more information visit

October 15th, 2011
DUBC retain the crown of fastest club of scullers in Islandbridge in the annual Dublin sculling ladder, narrowly beating Neptune by a nail-biting 9 points. A special mention to Paddy Hughes, beating his twin brother from UCD, which was met with vociferous applause.

June 26th, 2011
DUBC's Temple Eight have drawn ASR Nereus and the Prince Albert Four have drawn the University of Bristol for their respective opening heats.

Henley RR Draw 2011

June 24th, 2011
The Road to Henley

With the club's Prince Albert four having just qualified to join their colleagues in the First Eight at the Regatta next week, it may be a good time to recap on the progress of the two boats of the Inter/Senior squad.

With the crews having been selected after several arduous days of trialling in late May, there was little time for the squad members to come to terms with the coach's decisions let alone knit together as a unit before they faced their first race after an enforced exams respite from racing. Coming off the back of a successful set of performances at Trinity Regatta, the pressure was on to deliver in what was would be the definitive line-ups for the season. At Dublin Metropolitan Regatta, Trinity Oarsmen would not only validate their selection, but also show the strength in depth of the squad, with the clubs second boat, the coxed four acquitting themselves admirably for what was at the time a scratch crew.

In the 4+ Division 1 final, a solid row from the four saw them lead the field by just under a length as they went into the final 500. However, having been together for only a few days at that point they lacked that certain cohesion brought by hours of paddling on the lake and also the solid pre-executed race plan of hardened crews and thus the lack of a coordinated sprint at the end saw them lose out on the overall win to a Senior Four from St. Michaels. It is perhaps a tribute to their ambition that they saw the winning of their own category, Intermediate, as a consolation.

The First Eight felt the pressure to justify their selection all to acutely as rivals from across the water, Neptune, pounded up and down the warm-up lane in preparation for the final race of the day, Men's Division 1 8+. Though far from a polished performance, the crew rowed solidly enough to squeeze out Neptune in the first 500 and move on from there to win by clear water.

Encouraged by these results, the crews arrived at Dorney Lake last weekend for Marlow Regatta with the hope of testing their form at Inter 1 standard with some of the crews they will potentially be meeting at Henley in less than a week's time.

Testing, is perhaps the most apt word to describe the experience of both crews who discovered both the potential and the need to raise their performance in the face of their competition both foreign and domestic. Despite both crews finalling on the Saturday and coming second in their respective events on the Sunday of racing, sentiment in the camp upon returning home was not one of complacency, and the sessions which followed saw the squad firmly focussed on the next target of the season, Henley Royal Regatta.

DUBC now has two crews qualified for the regatta, the Prince Albert four having secured their slot in qualifying today. The First Eight will take to the water for the first round of the Temple Challenge Cup on Wednesday and the Four will be back in action for their opening heat on Thursday.

May 5th, 2011
Mark Pollock, Adventurer, motivational speaker and basically a man who needs no introduction in DUBC circles will be on RTÉ 1's The Late Late Show tomorrow night at 9.30pm.

Follow his Blog at:
Mark Pollock's Blog

April 30th, 2011
Exams are looming, so unfortunately there's been little opportunity to provide any rowing updates. Trinity regatta was a great success, and you can read about it here on the tcd website.

The next event is Queen's regatta in Castlewellan for those who have finished exams by then (see calendar). Then, with academic concerns taken care of, we can get down to the business of winning.

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