Dublin University Boat Club

Rowing on the Liffey since 1836


2024 Colours Boat Races

The annual Colours Boat Races took place on Saturday, 30th March from O’Connell Bridge to St. James’ Gate through city centre Dublin.

Congratulations to the Novice 8+ who retained the Dan Quinn Shield for the fourth edition in a row! Leading from the very first stroke, DUBC took the win easily.

Well done to the Senior 8+ who unfortunately lost out on the Gannon Cup to a strong UCD crew. Up off the start, Trinity held UCD for the first kilometre, where after a tremendous push, UCD broke through and edged ahead. Extending their lead over the second half of the course to take the win by 3 1/2 lengths.

The Reserve races were held in Islandbridge on Friday 29th March. Quick off the start, DUBC’s Senior reserve 4+ led UCD for the entire race, taking a convincing victory over their opposition.

Senior Reserve 4+ (from left-right)
Henry Beer (3), Andrea Grasselli (Bow), Caroline Welch (Cox), George Roberts (2), Luke Gilderdale (Stroke)

UCD failed to field a reserve Novice crew, so DUBC’s reserve 4x+ took on Neptune in a private fixture, with Neptune taking the win by 2 1/2 lengths.

We are taking the lessons learned from these races and looking ahead to Trinity Regatta in Islandbridge on 18th May.

2024 Erne Head of the River Results

On Saturday 2nd March, eighteen DUBC men and woman travelled to Enniskillen for the first eights race of the season, Erne Head of the River. DUBC entered two crews: Novice and Senior.

Congratulations to our Novices on their victory, retaining DUBC’s win streak in the Erne Head Novice Men’s 8+ for the seventh year in a row! Putting on a strong performance with a time of 22 minutes 5 seconds, leaving them thirty-five seconds ahead of the next Novice 8+. 

The Senior 8+, with a time of 20 minutes 5 seconds, rowed a good race. Despite not coming away with the pennant, they demonstrated strong character when faced with tough competition and harsh racing conditions.

Thank you to Enniskillen Royal Boat Club for putting on an efficient and exciting race!

2024 Lagan Head of the River Results

On Saturday 24th January, 6 DUBC rowers and a coxswain went north to Belfast for the 2024 Lagan Head of the River, DUBC’s first event of the spring racing season. Three boats were entered, a Senior 4- in the morning 4.2k head race, and an Intermediate 4+ and Club 1x in the afternoon 2.7k head race.

In the morning’s longer race, composed primarily of eights and quads, DUBC’s Senior 4- put on a strong showing, placing first in their category, fourth overall, and the fastest four-oared boat of the morning, beating out nearly two dozen eight-oared boats. All this despite a clash on the penultimate bend and steering a challenging and unfamiliar course.

In the afternoon’s 2.7k head race, an Intermediate 4+ and Club 1x took to the water. The 4+, made up of three of the four athletes who raced in the morning’s Senior 4-, started first and finished first, once again winning their category and being the fastest four-oared boat in the race, while coming in second overall by a mere 0.4 seconds. DUBC’s Club 1x placed 3rd in his category, negotiating a new and challenging course in DUBC’s first sculling entry of the season.

Thank you to Belfast Rowing Club and all other clubs and individuals involved with organizing this wonderful event!

As the season continues, the lads are keeping their heads down and continuing to train hard, with eyes set on the Colours Boat Races on March 30th through city centre Dublin, and the Reserves Races the previous night in Islandbridge. Before that, we are looking forward to the Senior 8+ donning stripeys for the first time this season and the Novice 8+’s first race next Saturday 2nd March at Erne Head of the River in Enniskillen.

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Dublin University Boat Club is the rowing club of Trinity College Dublin. Established in 1898, the club continues a tradition of rowing excellence practiced in Trinity since 1836. Among the oldest rowing clubs of the world, DUBC maintains a long history of success at domestic and international level. Multiple wins at National Championship events feature prominently alongside victories at Henley Royal Regatta and Irish University Championships. DUBC’s accolades span the breadth of competitive rowing, from novice level to World Championship and Olympic representation.
Rowing for DUBC offers the opportunity for intensive training in both sweep and sculling boats, accommodated by state of the art, high-performance facilities for both land-based and water training. Professional coaching structures and individualised training programmes facilitate the development of the student athlete, while encouraging the high academic standard demanded of students at Trinity.