RULES AND REGULATIONS
UNIVERSITY BOAT CLUB
I. The Club shall be called THE DUBLIN UNIVERSITY, or TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN, BOAT CLUB.
II. The Colours of the Club shall be Black and White, carrying the armorial bearings of Trinity College, Dublin, on a Royal Blue Shield, and the tie shall be broad, diagonal black and white stripes, with a very narrow blue stripe in the centre of the white.
III. Undergraduates of the Universities of Dublin, Oxford and Cambridge shall be eligible to become Members, hereinafter called Ordinary Members, of the Club, at an Annual Subscription of 5/-, payable in advance.
Pavilion members of the Dublin University Central Athletic Club shall be entitled to the use of the Clubhouse, and to free entry to all races and regattas. They shall not, however, be entitled to use racing craft or oars, or to hold any office, save that of President, Vice-President or to a seat on the Committee.
All Graduates must become Pavilion Members of the Dublin University Central Athletic Club before enjoying any of the benefits of the Club.
Undergraduate Members wishing to continue membership after graduation will be required, on graduation, to become Pavilion Members of D.U.C.A.C. and thereafter their subscription will be 10/- per annum, such subscription being in addition to their subscription as Pavilion Members.
The Committee shall have power to elect as Honorary Members any persons whom it considers fit on account of their especial services to or connection with the Club or the sport of rowing provided always that this power shall be exercised sparingly and with discretion, and that a three-fourths majority of the Committee shall be necessary to elect such Honorary Members.
All ex-Captains shall be deemed to be ipso facto Ordinary Members.
IV. No Member after the expiration of seven years from the date of his College Matriculation, no Member who has joined the Club from Oxford or Cambridge, no Honorary Member, and no Pavilion Member shall represent the Club at a Pubic Regatta.
V. The Officers of the Club shall consist of a President, six Vice-Presidents, Captain, Secretary and Treasurer. The Officers shall be ex-officio Members of the Committee.
VI. The President and Vice-Presidents of the Club shall be elected at an Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for three years and shall be eligible for re-election at the end of each term of three years.
VII. The general business of the Club shall be under the management of the Committee, to be constituted as hereinafter mentioned (four Members, whether ex-officio or otherwise, to form a quorum, who shall meet at lest once in every three months) and they shall have power to make such regulations – consistent with the General Rules – as they from time to time think necessary to the well-being of the Club: and their regulations shall be considered binding unless set aside at a General Meeting of the Club to be convened as hereinafter directed. The Committee shall consist of the Officers of the Club and five Members, exclusive of Members ex-officio, to be elected by ballot at the Annual General Meeting of the Club, and to hold office for the ensuing year subject to annual re-election; and any Member so elected who, having been duly summoned, shall absent himself from three consecutive Meetings of the Committee shall, ipso factor cease to be a Member thereof, and the Committee shall co-opt another Member in his place. Until such co-option, however, the Committee shall have power to reinstate a member giving them a satisfactory reason for non-attendance.
VIII. Professors of the University who are Members of the Club shall be Honorary Members of the Committee, with the power of giving an opinion at Committee Meetings, but not of voting.
IX. Any vacancies which occur in the Committee during the year shall be filed up by the Committee; and the Committee shall appoint from among their numbers a College Treasurer and two House and Grounds Secretaries, to assist generally and replace the Club Officers during absence, and they shall hold office for such limited period as the Committee shall decide.
X. The Minute Book of the proceedings of the Committee shall be open to the inspection of any Member of the Club on application to the Secretary and correct accounts and books shall be kept showing the financial affairs, receipts and disbursements of the Club.
XI. The Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held on or before the last Saturday in October, to which Meeting shall be presented a report from the outgoing Committee, and an account for the year ending 30th September then last, the accounts to be audited, previous to such presentation by an Auditor or Auditors appointed for the purpose by the Dublin University Central Athletic Club; and the Treasurer shall also present a supplementary abstract of accounts up to the date of such General Meeting.
XII. The Committee shall have power to summon an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Club on giving at least seven days’ notice prior to the meeting. At the same time a notice shall be placed on the notice board of the Club, specifying, in the form of resolutions, the subjects intended to be submitted to the Meetings; and the discussion shall be confined to such subjects only, and such Meetings must always be summoned when the Committee receive a written requisition, signed by fifteen Members of the Club, stating distinctly the subjects intended to be submitted.
XIII. An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Cub shall be held on or before the last Saturday of the Trinity Term at which the Captain for the following season will be elected, and who will until he is invested at the next Annual General Meeting of the Club hold the title of Captain-elect. Only those Members who have represented the Club at a public or inter-university Regatta are eligible to vote at this meeting. In the event of a draw between two or more of the candidates, the Chairman will cast the deciding vote. No other mention, save for adjournment or vote of thanks, shall be entertained at this Extraordinary General meeting of the Club.
XIV. No motion, save for adjournment or vote of thanks, shall be entertained at any General Meeting of the Club unless a week’s previous notice in writing of the intention to propose it shall have been given to the Secretary, and such notice shall remain posted on the Club Notice Board for at least one week previous to the Meeting at which it is proposed, and the name of any member who is to be proposed at a General Meeting for any office or a seat on the Committee must be posted on the Club Notice Board, together with the names of his proposer and seconder for at least one week previous to such meetings.
XV. All subscriptions shall become due and payable upon the First of October in each year, and any Member who shall not have paid his subscription for the current year on or before the First of February next following shall cease to be entitled to use the Club, or Premises, and his name shall be posted in the Club. The Committee shall, however, have power to replace the name of any such Member, who shall not, in their opinion, have used the Club since the termination of the period covered by his last Annual Subscription.
XVI. No Member who shall not have paid his Subscription for the current year shall be entitled to vote at any meetings of the Club or be eligible for any office or a seat on the Committee. Members present at an Annual General Meeting, however, whose Subscriptions are unpaid for the current year shall be permitted to vote and offer themselves on the understanding that they thereby guarantee to pay their Subscriptions before the First of December next following.
XVII. The name and address of each candidate for Ordinary Membership shall be posted on the notice board in the Clubhouse for at least one week before his election. Such candidates shall be elected by the Committee not sooner than two weeks after nomination, a majority of two-third of the Members present being required for election.
Any candidate who is not an amateur oarsman shall be ineligible for election.
XVIII. If any Member shall not have paid his Subscription for the current year within fourteen days after he has received official notice of his election, such election shall be void.
XIX. All prizes, other than presentation prizes, won by crews contending in the name of the Club, at public regattas shall become the property of the Club.
XX. No crew shall contend for any prize under the name of the Club without the sanction of the Captain or Committee, nor shall any junior oarsman who is eligible to represent the Club at a public regatta, enter for any race, unrestricted as to class of coat, without permission of the Captain or Committee. Infringement of this Rule will render such Member liable to expulsion from the Club.
XXI. Any Member of the Club rowing in or steering a crew not composed exclusively of Members of the Club in a race in which a crew composed of Members of the Club competes, without special permission from the Committee or Captain, shall thereupon cease to be a Member and a Member rowing or steering in a public match not strictly confined to amateurs (of whose status the Committee shall be the judges) shall, ipso facto, cease to be a Member of the Club.
XXII. The Committee shall have power to permit any gentleman, being a graduate or undergraduate of any of the Universities of Dublin, Oxford or Cambridge, or a member of any recognised amateur Rowing Club, whom they consider eligible, to make use of the Club for a period not exceeding three months in any one year, subject to these Rules and Regulations.
XXIII. Members shall have the privilege of introducing their friends as visitors to the Club, provided that this privilege be not exercised more frequently than shall appear reasonable to the Committee. The Boatman shall be instructed not to permit any visitor to enter the Club unless accompanied by a Member, except on special occasions specified by the Committee.
XXIV. No racing or practice boat, the property of the Club, shall at any time be permitted to leave the Club unless the majority of the crew shall be Member sand the Captain’s permission is obtained.
XXV. The Boatman shall be instructed to allow no private boat to leave the Club without an order in writing from the owner.
XXVI. A majority of two-thirds of the Members present at an Extraordinary General meting (summoned pursuant to Rule XII, consisting of not less than thirty Members) shall have the power of expelling a Member, the voting upon the question to be by ballot; and any Member so expelled shall have his subscription for the current year returned, and forfeit all rights to or claim upon the Club or its property, and his name shall be erased from the list of Members This course, however, shall not be adopted until after the Member in question has been called upon by the Committee to resign.
XXVII. No alteration of the General Rules of the Club shall be made except at the Annual General meeting or at an Extraordinary General Meeting to be called for that purpose pursuant to Rule XII. A week’s written notice of the proposed alteration shall be given to the Secretary. No alteration shall be valid unless passed by a majority of at lest two-thirds of the Members present, and if such alteration be made at an Extraordinary General Meeting, such alteration must be ratified at a subsequent General Meeting by a majority of two-thirds of the Members then present.
XXVIII. No ember of the Committee and no manager or servant employed in the Club shall have any personal interest in the sale of excisable liquors therein or in the profits arising from such sale.
A visitor shall not be supplied with excisable liquor in the Club premises unless on the invitation and in the company of a Member, and the Member shall, upon the admission of such visitor to the Club premises or immediately after his being supplied with such liquor, enter his own name and the name and address of the visitor in a book which shall be kept for the purpose and which shall show the ate of such visit.
XXIX. No excisable liquor shall be sold or supplied for consumption outside the premises of the Club, except to Members of the Club.
No excisable liquor shall be supplied for consumption on the Club premises to any person (other than a Member of the Club lodging on the Club premises), or be consumed on the Club premises by any person (other than a Member of the Club lodging on the Club premises).
(i) On any week-day before the hour of half-past ten o’clock in the morning, or
(a) during a period of summer time, after the hour of half-past eleven o’clock in the evening, or
(b) during a period which is not a period of summer time, after the hour of eleven o’clock in the evening.
(c) Between the hours of half-past two o’clock and half past three o’clock in the afternoon.
(ii) On St. Patrick’s Day before the hour of half-past twelve o’clock in the afternoon or between the hours of two o’clock and four o’clock in the afternoon or after the hour of ten o’clock in the evening, or
(iii) At any time on Christmas Day, Good Friday or any Sunday.
XXX. No excisable liquor shall be sold or supplied to any person under eighteen years of age.
XXXI. No person shall be allowed to become Honorary or Temporary Members of the Club, or to be relieved from payment of the regular subscription except those possessing the qualification defined in the foregoing rules and subject to the conditions and regulations prescribed therein.
XXXII. These Rules and Regulations shall be printed and a copy posted in the Clubhouse; and no Member shall be absolved from the effect of them on account of his not being aware of their terms.
THESE RULES WERE DRAWN UP AT THE AMALGAMATION OF THE ROWING AND BOAT CLUB, 1898.
1st Revision, October 1934.
2nd Revision, October 1963.
3rd Revision, October 1968.