|April 8th, 2014
This year’s instalment of one of Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious sporting events will take place on Saturday the 19th of April. Here are some of the important files pertaining to the Regatta: (also available on the Rowing Ireland website)
Also for those of you wishing to attend the luncheon and tea at this year’s regatta, you can book your tickets online here.
We hope to see you all there on the day!
April 7th, 2014
In a stunning reversal of last year’s decision to not participate in Neptune regatta; DUBC mustered as many men as could be found, considering Trinity ball on the Friday night, and entered crews in Novice 8s, Club 1 fours, a myriad of scullers, an Intermediate 4+, and a Senior 8.
The regatta stretched out over two days with some of the Dublin crews going tête-à-tête on the Friday evening. The feature of the Friday came from the intermediate 4 who overpowered Neptune in the final to cruise home for a victory and kick off what we thought could be a golden weekend.High numbers in the novice group meant there was still enough remaining beginners to enter two DUBC eights in the novice event. With the Dan Quinn eight racing club 1 8s on the Saturday and a club 1 4+ on Friday evening it gave the impressive ‘Goonan’ Cup crew the chance to put it up to UCDs top novices. The Novice A 8 crew went down narrowly to UCD A and the novice B crew put on a spirited display and made it all the way to the final , where they too lost out to UCD A. On the Saturday morning the Club 8+ had a strong start and found themselves level with the more experienced UCD crew going around the bend only for one of the rowers oars to pop out of the gate which all but ended the contest. Development coach Charles Cunningham remains confident that with the crew having raced in the club event returning to row at novice level and the continued competition for seats the group will be able to overhaul UCD in the coming weeks at events including the Irish Universities, Skibbereen Grand league regatta and our very own Trinity Regatta all of which we will keep you posted with results.
There was less racing for DUBC on the Saturday where Luca Como was unlucky to lose out in the final of senior sculls having dispatched many of commercial’s best on his way there. Dillon Rooney faced down Sligo to claim the intermediate sculls. Meanwhile in an all DUBC affair Scott Addison won out against a determined Ben Slevin in Club 2 sculls.
The Senior 8 proved to be the toughest race of the day. DUBC went up against a Masters Commercial crew in the Semi and dispatched them quickly enough but they knew this Old Collegians/Commercial 8 would be a big ask. After a massive start by DUBC we saw Commercial creep back on us from 500m onwards until they broke around the minute mark bend and stretched out to about a three quarters of a length advantage. The last 400 metres saw DUBC stage an almighty fightback but it was all too little too late and the composite had them by half a length. This defeat was heartening however, with three men unavailable to us in the Senior 8, we weren’t that far behind a crew that featured some hugely experienced oarsmen. With University Champs only 6 days away, we feel that DUBC stands in good stead to do exceptionally well.
Intermediate 1x (D. Rooney)
Club 2 1x (S. Addison)
Full Results will be posted as soon as they appear on Rowing Ireland.
March 25th, 2014
Apologies for the delay in posting about the Gannon Cup, a full report on the day’s racing is available here
March 11th, 2014
As we prepare for the fast-approaching Gannon Cup and Dan Quinn Shield (and let us not forget the Goonan!) the more nostalgic among us are drawn to this piece by an ex-DUBC and Yale oarsman, Karl Zinsmeister, on his experience rowing for DUBC. Coincidentally, our current coach, Nick Dunlop (capt. ’81) was a contemporary of his and was in the boat that raced Yale at Henley Royal Regatta. This is certainly worth a few minutes of your time:
March 9th, 2014
We are about to enter the final stages of Colours preparation coming into the last 7 days of training before the big event, this year being held on Sunday the 16th of March. Races will start at 9.30am (Novice women), 10am (Dan Quinn), 10.30am (Corcoran Cup) and 11am (Gannon Cup). DUBC has been training through all weather during the winter months and with so many cancellations of Head Races so far this season, Colours is set to be an unpredictable and exciting day of racing for all involved. Here is the 2014 Dan Quinn crew. We’re pumped for Colours 2014!
February 18th, 2014
Belatedly, we have finally received the photo from DUBC’s annual Christmas Commons, which took place on the 11th of December 2013. Continuing members of the club welcomed the new Novices into the club with customary open arms, and an excellent night was had by all. We look forward to 2014…
Jannuary 21st, 2014
Twenty-four members of DUBC’s intermediate/senior squad (& coxswains) travelled to Enniskillen on December 28th for a brief training camp on the Erne. We could not have been more lucky with the weather while we were up there, each day we attempted to make the best of the day’s weather in case we were unable to train subsequent days, this resulted in us getting some serious mileage done in a very short amount of time.
The training was divided up between the 2 fours and smaller boats (2x,2-,1x) and aside from a (very) strong flow under the bridge that would put the current current up at the pipes in Islandbridge to shame – which contributed to some very hairy moments! – The water conditions could not have been more perfect, with very little wind and minimal rain.
The “Spirit of the Camp” award goes to Messrs. Patrick Costello and Benjamin J. Slevin, for there tremendous bravery in the face of a broken gate, carrying their boat a distance of almost 2 miles through the town of Enniskillen
A depart from our previously annual Seville training camp, it seems as though it did serve to make the training more efficient, with at least the same, if not more, mileage done each day, although the weather may not have been as nice let us remember that we don’t race on flat continental waters and so hopefully it will serve us well some the spring/summer season.
Of course no training camp would be complete without some cross-training, and trust our Captain to lead from the front; going swimming even when the camp was over!
We would like to thank Derek Holland and all those at Portora Boat Club for their hospitality over the few days, as well as our coaches that joined Nick Dunlop in the launch during the camp: John Mohan, Philip Browne and Robert Northridge.
More pictures of the camp are available here
December 25th, 2013
Merry Christmas from everyone here at DUBC!
As a Christmas present from us we present – with apologies – the belated 2013 newsletter, which is available here
December 24th, 2013
At this time of year we ask that you keep the friends and family of Thomas Blair in your thoughts. Ted was a member of DUBC’s senior VIII in 1958.
Blair, Thomas Frederick (“Ted”) P. Eng.
Passed away peacefully on Saturday December 21st, 2013 in Brampton at the age of 74. He will be lovingly remembered by his sons David and Allan (Teresa); daughter Heather, grandchildren David, James, Becky (Jared), Richard; great-grandson Nicholas, many extended family and friends.Ted was predeceased by his beloved wife of 33 years, Pat, back in 1996. Educated at Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, Ireland, and Trinity College Dublin. Two people will receive the gift of sight from Ted – “Be an organ donor!” Ted’s celebration of life will occur at Andrew’s Community Funeral Centre (8190 Dixie Rd., Brampton, ON. 905-456-8190.) on Saturday January 4th, 2014 at 1:00pm Please leave a message of condolence at www.andrewscommunintyfuneralcentre.com In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ted’s name to Toronto Odette Prostate Research Group, or the Brampton Civic Hospital.
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