|November 10th, 2013
As a busy weekend for DUBC draws to the close we take a moment to recap for those who could not join us:
Neptune head was in essence the curtain-raiser for DUBC’s season, aside from the sculling ladder. The club chose to focus on two events: Men’s Inter 1x, 4+ with entries in 2x as well. This proved very successful for the club, taking the top 2 places in both events, as well as dominating the top 10 of the Inter 1x, with 7 of our scullers landing top 10 positions.
A full recap and results will be available here
Following a quick trailer loading, and with the boats safely secured to the trailer, we sped back (obeying all speed limits) to civilisation and warm showers to wash off the “Blessington” in preparation for the celebration dinner.
The dinner was a great success with equal amounts of old members and current members attending to celebrate the National Championship winning Novice VIII from last season. Many thanks go to Barry Crushell for hosting us once again in the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club.
Photos from the night are available here courtesy of Jerry McCarthy
Sunday morning brought many of those who attended the dinner back together for our Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the War Memorial.
This was followed by the boat naming ceremony to name the two new pairs the club received from Mike Ryder and John Pearson over the summer. The boat donated by Mike Ryder was named Spirit of ’66, and John Pearson’s was named JP.
The club would like to take this opportunity to once again thank both John and Mike for their generosity. The club has already made great use of the two boats with our focus on small boats, and it is clear that we will continue to do so for years to come.
DUBC would also like to thank all those who came to the dinner on Saturday and to the boathouse on Sunday.
November 6th, 2013
The Boat club will be busy hosting events this weekend for current members and Old Boys alike. Here are the details:
Firstly on Saturday evening (9th November) the Boat Club will once again descend on the Stephen’s green club to celebrate another great season. The celebration will be in honour of the Novice VIII champions of Ireland, but also the Senior IV+ and their brave exploits at Henley Royal Regatta. Download your invitation here.
Then, on Sunday the 10th, we will gather in Islandbridge at the Irish National War Memorial, to celebrate Remembrance Sunday. We will be remembering not only all those who lost their lives in the Great war but particularly those who were members of DUBC. The commemoration will begin at 10:30am with the traditional two minute silence being held at 11am.
Following the commemoration, there will be a boat-naming ceremony in the boat house to thank both Mike Ryder and John Pearson for their extremely generous donations of two brand new pairs over the summer.
Hope to see as many of you as possible both at the Dinner on Saturday, and the Memorial Service on Sunday.
Records Secretary 13-14
November 4th, 2013
And so we reach the first milestone of this college year: Reading Week. This marks the halfway point of our first term.
The novices have been learning the ropes and have made excellent strides under the stewardship of our new Development Officer Charles Cunningham, joining us from Queen’s University.
The large senior crew has been hard at work as well. Having met our new Head Coach Nick Dunlop (Capt. ’81) and his panel of ex-DUBC oarsmen, it wasn’t long before a program was put in place and training began in earnest. All athletes on the squad have been putting in the miles during the week in single sculls, as well as other crew boats at the weekends. This substantial waterwork has been supplemented by sessions on the ergometer as well as weights sessions, both of which we can now complete on campus thanks to the erg gallery on the 4th floor of the sports centre as well as a weights room shared with Mark Pollock. This has helped to make our training more efficient and hopefully more effective.
The Dublin Sculling Ladder time trial was the first chance to show the speed and potential we have this year in DUBC, and show it we did. DUBC retained the Casey cup for the fastest 8 scullers in a club for the 4th consecutive year, beating Commercial and UCD. All 8 of these scullers finished in the top 30 of a field of over 200, while also completing the trial in under 7 minutes; albeit in favourable weather conditions.
Moving forward from this, the crew recently finished a week of testing which concluded in the selection of crews for the upcoming Neptune HOR in Blessington.
To give you an idea of the size of our upper squad, these are DUBC’s entries for Neptune head on Saturday the 8th of November:
September 21st, 2013
And so with the madness of Freshers’ week over, it came time to welcome many of the new members the Boat Club accumulated throughout the week.
There was a minor speed-bump in the plan for the open day when the coach that had been organised to cart the eager new faces out along the Quays as far as Islandbridge, failed to show up, leaving us with no other option than to shepherd several dozen people onto public buses.
That said it was only minor and when they eventually made it out, they were greeted by an apologetic and enthusiastic Luke Acheson, who welcomed them into the club and laid out the plans for the day.
Several “stations” were provided for the new crop of novices to introduce them to all aspects of the sport. From a chance to learn the basic technique in our tank, to a video presentation from Development Officer Colm Dowling. There was also an introduction to the ergometers as well as a breathtaking display of single sculling from Hon. Secretary Alex McElroy.
Unfortunately due to the initial delay we were forced outside to accommodate the ladies club who were also hosting their Open Day the same day, but the glorious weather meant high spirits all around as new members got to meet their future teammates and learn more about what makes rowing and DUBC so special.
All in all, a great success and a great start to the year, hopefully an omen of good things to come. We also look forward to seeing our new oarsmen thumping up and down the Liffey at Islandbridge in the near future!
More Photos from the day can be found on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/duboatclub
August 2nd, 2013
All current members are reminded that the boathouse is closed and will reopen on Wednesday, August 14th.
No access to the BH, boats, and changing facilities is permitted until then.
Enjoy your summer!
July 31st, 2013
A great achievement for DUBC with six of our senior/inter athletes being selected to row for Ireland at the Home Internationals Regatta in Nottingham, July 27th.
The senior four were back in their preferred coxed craft and faced a strong English crew from Thames RC. As with their quarter final at Henley Royal, the four took an early lead and commanded the race for 1500m. Unfortunately (as with HRR!) the four didn’t have the final sprint to hold off England and finished second by a canvas. Video of the finish.
The men’s pair was made up of Home International veterans, Luke Acheson & John James Magan. Luke and John were also selected in 2011. Similar to the 4+, the pair were missing that little edge in the dying strokes and lost to England by a canvas. Video.
As chance would have it, the other two selected athletes to make up the 8+ were none other than Lizzy members Brendan Smyth (Captain ’93) and Stuart King (Captain ’02). A full eight of DUBC oarsmen took to the water!
2nd place was the theme of the day – England took an early lead and although Ireland pushed and pushed, it was never enough to catch their rivals. Video.
July 30th, 2013
Irish Rowing Championships
Over thirty of DUBC’s finest Novice, Intermediate & Senior athletes travelled to Cork for the three day Irish Rowing Championships, July 19th-21st. For those who aren’t familiar, the course is located at the National Rowing Centre a few kilometres west of Cork City.
The senior four didn’t make a smooth transition from Henley’s coxed four to the coxless craft for the championships and they finished fifth.
The intermediate eight broke into two fours on Friday. Both made the final with the ‘A’ four finishing third and the ‘B’ four finishing sixth. The results showed promise for the intermediate 8 the following day as we were the only university to have two fours make the final. The inter 8 led the field to 1000m but were then out gunned by more experienced crews and finished fourth. The NUIG crew that won were in their third year trying for inter 8s, it was a first for four of the DUBC crew.
The success story from the weekend was a win in the Men’s Novice 8+!
After a mixed bag of wins & losses all year, they won the pot in style – clear water over UCD and 4+ lengths over the rest of the field. Seven of these men picked up the sport just 10 months prior and showed true determination to dedicate themselves so willingly and passionately to a sport they never knew of before joining Trinity. Congratulations to crew, cox and coaches. Watch out for these men in the seasons to come!
The almost-success-story was the Men’s Novice Quad. Having narrowly lost to UCD at Neptune Regatta, Trinity Regatta, Dublin Metroplitan Regatta & Cork Regatta, they have had a thorn in their side for the last three months. In the final, they finished with 4+ lengths of clear water over UCD and every other quad but a new face appeared on the day – Shandon BC. Two of their line up won the very competitive Men’s Junior Quad and they had a little extra skill that the DUBC men lacked – with 250m to go and both crews being dead level, Shandon had the experience to kick and ended DUBC’s hopes of a medal. A small moral victory for turning the table on the blue & yellow crew from across the river. A “Men’s Beginner Quad” had been added to the 2014 Championships and this has DUBC written all over it!
DUBC had entries in the men’s novice sculls, inter sculls, inter pair and senior pair but no finalists. Some first years bravely entered the Inter pair, the experience of which will stand to them as they progress with DUBC.
A successful Championships for some with a definite prospect for a very large and very competitive intermediate group in 2014. Thank you to all our members for putting in so much time all year round and for representing Trinity to the highest standards.
July 24th, 2013
Henley Royal Regatta
DUBC’s Senior 4+ secured pre-qualifying with their result from Marlow Regatta. The five men anxiously awaited the draw and there were mixed feelings about drawing the seeded crew, University of Virginia, USA.
Having no idea what to expect, the DUBC men queued up behind the island on Wednesday morning to face the crew in bright orange. (Coach Gerry Cantan did send a video of Virginia winning the USA Collegiate Varsity 8s in 2012 but kept that from the crew till after). The red flag went down and so began the side by side battle over 2112 metres. DUBC held off Virginia to the barrier but then the seeded crew showed their class and moved through DUBC, reaching Fawley first. Going past the athlete enclosure, the two crews were level. In the dying 40 strokes, the Trinity men kept their cool and pulled away from Virginia who’s technique began to flutter. A win for Trinity by 3/4L!
On Thursday, DUBC faced another seeded crew, Isis boat Club. A win would see them through to the semi final on Saturday with a rest day on Friday. DUBC nudged their way to a small lead through the barrier and again through Fawley. Regatta radio had spectators on the edge of their seats. It sounded like the Trinity crew were in control of the race but it was not to be their day. Passing the Stewards, the effort of holding off Isis for so long was felt and the Oxford crew slipped through DUBC to win by 1L.
Three of the Isis crew raced in the Isis 8+ as part of the ‘Reserve’ University Boat Race so it never going to be an easy race. Isis then went onto make the final and finished second to Imperial College London.
Congratulations & commiserations to the five Trinity men and coach – Will Hurley (bow & admiral), Paul Flaherty (2), Dillon Rooney (3), Matt Brophy (stk & vice captain), Conor Traynor (cox), Gerry Cantan (coach).
A big thank you to all members who show their support year on year at Henley Royal Regatta. Two crews will be competing in 2014, you heard it here first!
July 19th, 2013
DUBC win the IM3 8+ at Marlow Regatta!
The Novice Men continued their winning streak with a win in the ‘Intermediate Three’ 8s – the UK’s category for beginners. This first time an Irish crew has won at the Novice 8 level (we think!). Well rowed Trinity!
The Senior Men finished 5th in the MS 4+, the third university crew.
The Inter Men focused on two 4s and finished second in the IM1 4+.
A special thank you to Mike Ryder who kindly provided refreshments to all Trinity crews & members.
June 19th, 2013
Irish University Championships
Due to adverse weather, the Irish University Championships were moved from Cork in April to Blessington Lake in May. More winds on the rescheduled day (!) meant that only the 8s could be run.
The Novice 8 didn’t get a lot of paddling done over the exam period but this was no excuse as every college was in the same situation. The 8 nudged their way to length lead coming into the final 500, almost letting it slip in the last 250 as UCD made a final move and DUBC were nearly caught napping! Irish University Champions none the less! Well rowed Trinity!
The Senior and Intermediate 8s both finished third, behind UCD and NUIG.
Dublin Metropolitan Regatta
At Dublin Metropolitan, the Novice 8 walked away as DUBC’s only winning crew.
DUBC had crews in the Men’s Senior 2-, Inter 2-, Inter 1x, Inter 4, Senior 4, Novice 4x, Novice 1x, Novice 4, & Inter 8 but none managed to take to take home the silverware.
Queen’s University Boat Race
The Queen’s Boat race has grown into a small festival of rowing and is no longer just the Trinity v Queens day it once was. Queens have grown it into a full day of racing for ‘Freshers’, Seniors and Schoolboy/girl crews.
The Seniors opted to stay at home and the Novice Men sent two fresher/first year crews. UL were scheduled to race but on the morning they announced that they would not be travelling, much to the disappointment of DUBC.
The DUBC B crew put up a fight against Queens A but it was too much to ask from the scratch crew, most having switched to a quad scull after the Dublin Head of the River!
In the final, Queens once again took a length within the first 20 strokes but the A crew kept their nerves and slowly worked their way back level by 500. Coming through the final bridge the crews were level but a massive 60 strokes saw DUBC win with clear water.
Three wins in a row for the Novice 8 – well done gentlemen!
April 29th, 2013
While the results didn’t go DUBC’s way, as an event the Regatta was a great success. With over 420 crews entered, it was the biggest Trinity Regatta the Club has seen in some time. For the first time in many years racing had to be spread over two days to accommodate entries.
Even with racing on the Friday and Saturday, we were still struggling to accommodate the barrage of entries. Innovation was required and Andrew Coleman organised a time trial for all single scullers with the fastest four in each category taking semi final places. Chief whip and DULBC’s, Zahra Legris, made sure every spare club member was scheduled for volunteering to ensure a smooth regatta.
The Regatta Luncheon and Tea were also great successes, allowing oarsmen from across generations to catch up and reminisce.
Many thanks to all Old Members who came down to support or help out. And a special thanks to Regatta Chairwoman Bridget Collins and Regatta Secretary Cormac Shine for running the show.
April 25th, 2013
The Head of the River season saw DUBC pick up pennant after pennant at various events – the long winter’s training had paid off. We travelled to the Head of the Shannon, hosted by Carrick RC, Portora’s Erne Head of the River, and the Dublin Head of the River. St. Michael’s HOR was cancelled due to adverse weather.
Head of the Shannon
At Carrick, entries were in the Men’s Senior, Inter and Novice 8s. DUBC won all three titles albeit no other Senior 8s were entered. Interestingly, the Inter 8 clocked a faster time than the seniors which was blamed on ‘the afternoon’s head breeze picking up for the senior crew’ but there were plenty of very confident Inters about the boathouse the following week! There were entries and wins in quads, doubles, and sculls, giving purpose to our small boat ethic. The beginner men beat the second year novice crew giving them a great buzz going home.
Win – Senior 8, Inter 8, Novice 8, Senior 4x, Senior 2x, Inter 1x
Erne Head of the River
Erne saw a massive entry of 52 eights across all categories. The Senior crew, having spent most of the winter in small boats, finished 4th and were happy with the potential for speed going forward.
The Intermediates finished joint first with UCD in a time of 20:08 and, with NUIG clocking 20:09, eyebrows were raised at the potential for a neck and neck fight for Intermediate 8s in July.
The Beginner 8 finished second in Novice 8s to UCD’s Beginner 8 by 1 second, raising the prospectus for a very close Colours race! The Queen’s and NUIG Novice 8s were 12 and 26 seconds behind, respectively.
Win – Inter 8
6-in-a-row for UCD was the unfortunate theme for the Gannon Cup. The UCD crew dominated the race from early on and finished with clear water. UCD has been attracting junior oarsmen for the last number of years and are now benefiting. DUBC must move with the times in attracting quality Junior oarsmen in order to compete. The DUBC Gannon crew contained four oarsmen who were novice/new to sport three years ago and learned their trade in college. The UCD crew contained a full ex-Junior line up. Not an excuse for defeat as we must move with the rising standards.
In the Dan Quinn Shield, UCD took off with an early lead and sat on the DUBC crew throughout the majority of the course. With 500m to go, the coxing wire snapped, the tiller locked right, and the DUBC crew went full force into the embankment. In the strokes just prior, the crew pulled back 1/4 length in three strokes and looked solid for a sprint finish. Unfortunately there was nothing the cox could do as it was all in the flash of two strokes.
Both race videos are on youtube.
Three Novice 8s and a Novice Quad competed at the Dublin Head.
The results were 1st, 3rd, and 4th for the 8s and the quad was a stand alone entry.
The Novice 8 beat UCD and Queens, a small redemption after the Colours loss.
Win – Novice 8, Novice 4x+
Due to a clash with Trinity Ball, a decision was made not to participate in Novice 8s. The novice group were entered in sculls with the inters & seniors travelling to the lake.
The top first year four were entered as Inter and drew Portora in the first round at 9am. The four, with three people post ball, finished just one length behind Portora. No other inter four came as close. The second four, entered as novice, finished second to a more experienced crew from Belfast RC. The first year Quad finished two lengths off UCD’s second year quad, getting through a tough heat and semi final on the way. A different approach to the Trinity Ball will be needed next year and racing will be put first.
The Senior 8 ended in a similar fashion to Colours with a defeat to UCD. The Senior 4 was won by UCD ‘A’ over Trinity after Trinity knocked out UCD ‘B’ in the semi.
The Intermediate 8 was knocked out in the semi by UCD. Our ‘A’ Intermediate 4 was knocked out by UCD and the ‘B’ Inter 4 was disqualified at the finish line after comfortably beating Commercial’s Inter 4 but having clipped a buoy along the way.
In the novice 8, UCD knocked out Trinity ‘A’ and Trinity ‘B’, having beaten a Neptune Junior 8 in the semi, faced UCD ‘A’ in the final. The ‘B’ first year crew knew they had a mountain to pass in beating a full second year crew but they put themselves on the line from the first stroke. They were half a length down half way going past the concrete wall when UCD pulled away. With UCD having the north and final bend, they pushed again and stretched to clear water.
Novice Quads produced some of the most exciting racing all weekend. In the semi, DUBC B beat DUBC A. The two crews were neck and neck all the way down but ‘B’ slipped away on the home straight after ‘A’ crabbed and lost speed. The B crew, full beginner quad, faced a very experienced Neptune junior quad in the final. The crews were trading punches the whole way down the course but the juniors showed an extra bit of class and slipped away going past Garda Boat Club to win by 3/4 length. The DUBC crew was newly formed and had limited sculling time so with a small bit of work they’ll be a fighting force for Metro, Uni Champs and beyond.
Jan 18th, 2013
Twenty of the beginner’s group had their first camp experience in Blessington lake. The first session consisted of 16k with the last 3k ‘all crews square blades’. They survived. The mileage totted up in the first two days but the winds picked up and the crews were forced onto a very unforgiving course. In the evenings, they digested each others ‘specialties’ while analyzing videos from the day and comparing blisters for the first time. They joked about the few people napping between sessions on the second day but, by the end, all twenty were “power napping”.
They were delighted to be back to the sheltered trinity boathouse and the quality of their paddling is up enormously.
On the 4th of January DUBC embarked on the annual training camp at the Centre of High Performance Rowing in Seville. It was 8 days of intensive training with temperature of 20 degrees where most of the athletes completed 200km on the water. The regular day had 3 sessions; a morning of races, which ranged from rate 20 2000m pieces to free rate head races, a core workout before lunch and a long paddle up through the town in the afternoon. Gerry was very pleased with the performance of the athletes and the general attitude towards the training camp.
We befriended a small group of athletes from Norway who are training for the U23 World Championships. They joined us in a 6000m head race and free rate 1000m pieces. We even decided to swap coaches for a training session, which we found very interesting and helpful. On the final day of our training camp Gerry organised a 2000m race with a DUBC/NOR composite against a Senior Men’s Crew from Downing, Cambridge who kindly allowed us to borrow their Filippi eight and Senior Cox. It was a positive result with the Composite crew winning by 20 seconds.
Meanwhile the others who couldn’t go to the training camp in Seville and the Second Year Novices were at the sculling camp in Blessington for five days with 2 sessions on the water every day.The main aim of the camp was to improve confidence, boatsmanship and overall technique within the second year novice squad. With DUBC having a senior and intermediate squad this year the second year novices have struggled to get time on the water in sculls, so having all boats available allowed us to get, lots of mileage under our belts as we enter 2013. Massive improvements were made by all the athletes, which was accelerated by the fact that the lake was unusually claim and dry, although very cold and icy. Many thanks must go to Micheal Ryder and Peter Wolfe whose combined expertise were critical to the success of the camp, and will most certainly stand to us as we enter the new season.
Nov 23rd, 2012 Boat Ball The third annual Boat Ball was held on Saturday November 17th in the Burlington Hotel, Lesson St. The blacktie event is a significant fundraiser for both DUBC and DULBC, with all profits on tickets sold being split and ploughed back into the clubs. This year was the most financially successful Boat Ball for DUBC. The event was attended by over one hundred young Trinity rowers from the Novice, Intermediate and Senior crews and was organised by Ben Morgan and Grace Gannon. Club members were treated to a fine wine reception in the Burlington’s opulent Sussex room, followed by a delicious four course meal. Memorable captain’s speeches were given with live vocal entertainment being provided by the very popular ‘Trinitones’- who sang a number of popular classic and contemporary hits in their distinctive barbershop style. All at DUBC would like to thank the Trinitones for performing so well at this year’s BoatBall. After the live entertainment, the dancefloor opened up and club members danced the night away to the beat of the infamous DJ Alan. A late-night bar served to quench any thirst and club consensus is that this year’s Boatball was the best to date. Raffle prizes including a two night Bed and Breakfast stay at the Burlington and also a three course meal for two at the Clontarf Castle Hotel-were presented to the lucky ticket holders and a memorable night was had by all with vital funds being raised for the club in the process.
Nov 13th, 2012
It was a good weekend with the DUBC dominating Neptune Head of the River, winning the Senior, Intermediate and Novice 8+. The senior double scull was also won by the combined efforts of Paul Flaherty and Patrick Hughes. The excellent performance of the DULBC must also be acknowledged. Well done to all the crews competing in a head that provided some fierce competition and great craic.
Nov 1st, 2012
The 2012 Newsletter is now available here.
Oct 30th, 2012
Boat Ball Tickets
Tickets will be on sale next week from the Arts Block stand – Wednesday: 1-2 Thursday: 10-2 Friday: 12-2 or from DULBC & DUBC training during the week.
Please find details about the upcoming Boat Ball here.
Oct 18th, 2012
Dublin Sculling Ladder
DUBC got off to a successful start to the new season with an overall win at the Dublin Sculling Ladder for the third year in a row. The squad took to the water on the 13th of October, against strong entries from both UCD and Commercial, but succeeded in retaining the title with a brilliant performance from the whole squad. Three of the team, Paddy Hughes, Paul Flaherty and Eoin McCarthy came in the top ten, with Matthew Brophy and Dillon Rooney just outside it in 11th and 12th. 26 DUBC oarsmen took to the water over all to participate in the time trial event. Out of 180 scullers entered on the day over half of DUBC’s entries came within the top third of results.
The day also saw a new record set at the Dublin Sculling Ladder, when Chris George a former DUBC oarsman, participated in all eight of the time trials which make up the event. Taking part in the eight time trials is part of Dr. George’s aim to raise money for the Mark Pollock Trust and is in addition to the full Iron Man he completed a few weeks ago. Find Chris’ Sponsorship Page here.
The fresher men tested themselves last week for the first time of the season too over a three-race erg relay. Well done to the winning team of Harry Crowley, David Stokes, Alex Leslie and Alex Conway who stormed ahead to win the 4×500, 4×1000 and 4×250. A month’s technique was quickly forgotten but the four men showed great potential from start to finish. Watch out for those names, they might be assisting DUBC’s ladder win in twelve months time.
Photo Album of the Sculling Ladder (by Peter Wolfe)
RESULTS FROM THE DUBLIN SCULLING LADDER HERE.
Sept 26th, 2012
And so it began, another week of luring the very best sportspeople Trinity has to offer to join our illustrious Boat Club, with promises of unimaginable fitness and muscle tone (and little mention of 7am training sessions!) We kicked off the week on Saturday in Trinity Hall in Rathmines, with a stand trying to recruit the eager freshers’ who had only just unpacked their bags and scarcely made themselves at home in their new abode. While no records were set regarding recruiting numbers, several very capable oarsmen as well as many with great potential were added to the DUBC roster even before Freshers’ week had even officially begun. With the dawn of Monday morning we strung up DUBC’s brand new banner high above Front square so it was visible from all corners. (presumably to draw those who can most easily see above the crowds in any case, to our stand!) Monday was by far our busiest day, as it always is. While attracting a large number of recruits to DUBC is always the aim, quantity without quality is all but useless in rowing – as in any sport – and so we set about finding those needles in the haystack that was the Freshers’ fair that had the potential to become great oarsmen. It is not always enough to simply be “head and shoulders” above everyone else, and so we also tried to seek out the former track athletes as well as the rugby players and indeed all sportspeople who came to Trinity looking to try something new. In an attempt to drum up some interest in the stand we created the “100m Challenge” on the ergo, with the “amazing” €20 prize fund for the fastest man over 100m during the course of the week. It quickly became apparent however, that the real challenge was indeed staying on the seat with many of the participants finishing the challenge having fallen off the seat using only arms and backs, sacrilege as we know in the world of rowing! The 2 joint winners of the prize Sean O’Neill and Patrick Hughes (neither quite eligible for the novice squad…) however clocked an impressive time of 15.5 seconds! The rest of the week unfortunately failed to keep pace with Monday and most of the day was spent trying to make sure the oars and banner stayed upright in the blustery conditions. We did manage to recruit many other students with great potential throughout the week, several who were reluctant to join on Monday, and many who were almost forcibly brought to the stand to part ways with the €5 joining fee. The week was a rousing success in terms of recruiting coxswains, which the club always struggles with, a dozen or so was among the week’s recruits. Friday brought a number of last minute signees, who had been humming and hawing, walking past the stand every day for the last 4 and finally took the plunge on the final day and so with all the names taken we asked each and every one of them to join us for the Boat House open day in Islandbridge the following day. Two buses brought 70 of our new recruits out to Islandbridge on Saturday morning for a tour of the Boat House. After splitting them into 4 smaller groups, including one group of coxes which was encouraging to see, we showed them four different stations: The first was in the rowing tank with our new Development coach Colm Dowling, where they learned the basics of the rowing stroke, next was in the long room on the ergos where the basics of “hands, body, slide” were taught, before heading outside to one station where the recruits got a closer look at some of the equipment we use before heading out along the towpath watching an 8 in full flight up and down the river. The open day was a chance for the novices to get a better feel for what the sport is about and also to ask the more senior members any questions they had. It was definitely a huge success and hopefully we will see all those who were there on Saturday as well as many more of those who signed up during Freshers’ Week down at training sessions in the weeks to come. All in all it was most certainly a hugely successful Freshers’ week with a large crop of excellent recruits who, with the help of our new Development Coach Colm Dowling, will be lining up along side a UCD crew in six months time with a view to winning the Dan Quinn shield for the first time in three years!
Sept 16th, 2012
The 2012 DUBC sculling camp commenced early on Monday the 10th of September. With the boat trailer heavily laden with single sculls the athletes and coaches began the journey down to the National Rowing Center in Inniscarra Co. Cork for what would prove to be an eventful and greatly beneficial week working on improving our rowing technique in single sculls. Upon arrival at the NRC, the trailer was unloaded and the sculls rigged for the first of the water sessions. The more experienced members of the crew aiding the novices in the business of rigging which would soon become second nature to them. With the boats and athletes prepped and prepared the lads took to the water under the watchful eyes of DUBC Senior Coach Gerry Cantan and the incoming DUBC Development Coach Colm Dowling, both having come to DUBC from Commercial RC. Fortunately, the first paddle of the camp took place in good weather conditions allowing athletes, perhaps slightly rusty after the summer break, to reacquaint themselves with sculling. A 12 kilometer low rate paddle followed with each sculler being given advice on aspects of the stroke to augment or improve from Gerry and Colm in their launches. The outing completed, the athletes stowed their boats and after a quick debrief, made their way to the houses in the Lee Valley Golf Course to get on with the important business of eating dinner and getting some much needed rest. Early the next morning we launched our boats for what would be another 12k paddle. As the group spread out over the lake, the novice scullers were supervised primarily by Colm while Gerry took the inter/senior rowers. After a break for a lunch and a quick power nap the athletes returned for a second session, which followed the familiar pattern of a 12k paddle up the River Lee. The kilometers on the water being covered and Gerry’s constructive criticisms coupled with Colm’s observations began to tell and the the technical standard began to improve noticeably especially among the novices. Tuesday evening found a fatigued DUBC gathered in one of the houses after dinner for a video session of footage taken during the day’s outings; the video helped identify individual flaws in technique and demonstrated elements of the stroke to be improved upon. On Wednesday there was another long water session in the form of a 14k paddle down to Inniscarra Dam and back. The constant supervision of Gerry and Colm got the two groups down to the dam and back, plus a few blisters, in the never ending pursuit of a the perfect stroke. Following lunch and some rest we returned to the NRC where the the wind had picked up and made the lake very choppy. Instead of a another paddle, a session on the ergs and work in the weights room working on lifting technique complemented what had been another satisfying day of training. That evening another video session hosted by Gerry exhibiting his unique ability to explain the subtleties of sculling in abstract metaphors added to the developing awareness of the importance of blade placement and leg drive in moving the boat efficiently. Thursday morning again found the DUBC taking to the water but this time for three low rate 2k pieces on the regatta course, with Gerry urging us to out relax one another and maintain the best form possible throughout the pieces, with the competitive nature of many of the athletes coming to the fore as they pushed each other for position. Again the second session of the day could not be carried out on the water due to deteriorating weather and instead a long run was followed by an improvised hand ball type game using a course bouy for a ball. Friday, the final day of the camp, again found the lake unsuitable for sculling and so more work on the ergometers and some sprints and weightlifting emptied the remaining reserves of energy from the athletes. After the derigging of the sculls and loading the trailer, we bid a fond farewell to the NRC which had hosted us for an intense but productive training camp and set off on the return trip to Dublin and some much needed rest and recuperation. The benefits of going down to Cork to spend a week sculling were immediately clear to all who went, the rigors of sculling in a single provide the best environment for the identification of individual errors and the quickest and clearest platform for ironing them out; there aren’t many places to hide in a single as they say. The emphasis on developing sculling within DUBC and inculcating an ethos of seeking constant improvement has undeniably been a key factor in the club’s recent successes.
Sept 15th, 2012
Welcome to the new website for DUBC.