2017/18 Season

Castle Semple Regatta

May 11, 2018

An early start on Saturday 12th May saw Dundee University Boat Club head off to Lochwinnoch for a gorgeous day of racing at Castle Semple Regatta. This year we had 21 members competing across eight different boat categories. Firstly we had the mens Nov 1x; Steffan Jones dominated both his heat and semi-final and then came a very respectable second place in the final. Fresher Oliver Bohle also had a great heat coming in third but unfortunately did not make the final. Katie Canniford and Hannah Campbell were racing in the WR2 2x and finished second in their heat and after a quick turn around came 5th in the final. Two WNov 2x were next to take to the water, Rosie Bowick and Amelia Powell stormed down the course finishing first in their heat and a fantastic second place in the final. Fiona Lapp and Dani White finished 5th in their heat which was a great effort from these fresher girls. In the Nov4+ Karim Zwart, Alistair Bonsall, Lachlan Dow and Aaron Duff ploughed down the 1km course with novice COX Rachel Lynn making her debut and crossed the line in 4th place. Ellie Gkika and Eleanor Brinkhoff were the last boats to take to the water for the morning. Both girls won their respective heats to leave a Dundee face off in the final. Our German powerhouse and outgoing club captain Brinkhoff took home gold whilst our Greek graduate Gkika placed a fantastic 4th for her last race with DUBC.

A morning of racing and soaking up the glorious sun certainly did not exhaust our athletes. The WR2 4+ consisting of Eleanor Brinkhoff, Hannah Campbell, Katie Canniford, Rosie Bowick and COX Matthew Simpson had a nail biting race against friendly rivals Strathclyde University Boat Club, just managing to secure the win in the last push towards the finish. In the Nov 2x Baljit Singh and Alistair Bonsall came second in their heat and joined Matthew Simpson and Lachlan Dow in the final where the boys placed 4thand 5th respectively. The final race of the day was the mixed 8+. Steffan Jones, Hannah Campbell, Karim Zwart, Callum Banks, Eleanor Brinkhoff, Oliver Bohle, Katie Canniford, Rosie Bowick and COX Laura Speak had a very shaky start but managed to stick with Herriot Watt and Strathclyde University as they travelled up the course. A tough fight for the finish line paid off as DUBC surprised all their competitors, crossing the finish first and taking home the win!

Overall a fantastic day of racing in the sunshine and a wonderful way to finish off what has been one of the most successful years for DUBC. Many thanks to Castle Semple Rowing Club for organising an incredible day of racing - looking forward to see what successes the next year brings for us. 

Strathclyde Park Regatta

April 27, 2018

On the 28th and 29th of April, a squad of 18 Dundee rowers made their way to Glasgow for the weekend, to kick off the regatta season at Strathclyde Park Regatta! For once the park lent its self to some calmer conditions for the first races of the day. Ross Morrison and Euan McLeod were the first to boat, and despite a strong race, came up short in their heat, losing to the eventual winners and runners up of the open R2 double. Next was the first race with two blades for Alistair Bonsall and Harry Rogerson-Gleave in the Scottish Student Championship beginner double. A quick start off the line put them ahead however they couldn’t quite hold onto this coming in third, a promising first race for the pairing! Sticking with the SSC, which were combined with the regatta, the women’s intermediate 4+; Eleanor Brinkhoff, Hannah Campbell, Katie Canniford, Rosie Bowick COX: Holly Barnard, were next to boat. Up against some tough competition the girls pressed for the whole 2K crossing the line 3/7 just behind Edinburgh and Glasgow; another encouraging result after a great season. The MI8+ were next up, despite pressing hard Glasgow proved too strong pushing them into second place.

 

Keen to continue their fantastic result at BUCS the women’s beginner 4+; Fiona Lapp, Katie Fisher, Racheal Donnison, Dani White, COX: Holly Barnard had their heads in the game before even boating. Their determination to win proved with the girls giving everything up to the line and coming in first! A great end to the season for this crew and the perfect send off to those leaving the club next year. As the wind conveniently started to pick up, it was time for the singles. In the open novice race Steffan Jones convincingly won his heat and came second in the semi-final putting him into the final and his 4th race of the day. A good race lead him to cross the line in 4th out of 16 overall, a stellar result to mark his improvement over the past year. Making his debut in a small boat was Oliver Bohle in the SSCMB1x. Despite having a sprained ankle and saving a few close capsizes, his true power showed with a second place result. Getting some more race experience was the Womens Novice 4+; despite being a scratch crew the girls rowed well together; something to build on looking towards next season!

 

Rounding off the first day were the Women’s Novice doubles. In the first heat Eleanor Brinkhoff and Ellie Ghika had a comfortable race placing them second and into the final. The next heat saw Fiona Lapp and Katie Fisher make the switch from sweep rowing. Their technical ability, despite only a month of sculling, showed in also coming second in their heat. The final saw both Dundee boats go off hard from the start, however Brinkhoff and Ghika were able to nudge ahead from the rest of the field, maintaining this through the race coming off with the second win of the day! The other crew placed a respectable 4th out of 11 and with it ending the first day.

 

Sunday saw another calm day with the water like glass as the first crews got ready to boat. Up first were the novice men; Karim Zwart, Aaron Duff, Alistair Bonsall, Harry Rogerson-Gleave, COX: Laura Speake. After some promising training sessions together the boys were keen to have a good race. Settling into the rhythm well they managed to hold onto third place but just missed out on a spot in the final. Next Euan McLeod and Steffan Jones partnered up to compete in the Nov2x. Despite giving their all they too fell just short of the final qualification, coming in third.

After strong training sessions in the preceding month, the SSCW8+ were keen to show what they were made of up against the top university squads. Unfortunately it wasn’t their day and despite a strong race and moving the boat as a crew, they came in 5th. The women’s R2 doubles were next to race with Hannah Campbell and Katie Canniford in heat 1 followed up by Rosie Bowick and Amelia Powell in heat 2. Both pairings looked good off the start with however the first double couldn’t quite hold on to the competition missing out on the final. The latter duo just pipping Castle Semple to get a spot in the final. Despite racing a category higher the girls still rowed a respectable race getting them 6th place out of 14 boats, a great start for the double; keen to improve on this for future races.  

 

Next Steffan Jones took to his single once again this time for the SSCMI1x. Up against some tough competition from the other Scottish universities and over the longer distance than his novice races, he still showed his strong technical ability in the single, placing him 6th. Rounding off the weekend was the SSCWB2x consisting of Fiona Lapp and Katie Fisher. Keen to add to their medal collection from the previous day the girls went out hard quickly placing them ahead of their competition. Their distance between the next boat grew throughout the race resulting in their win of over 500m, a perfect way to finish of a fantastic weekend. Once again a great regatta organised by Strathclyde Park topped off with a few wins for the club! Looking towards Castle Semple Regatta, with a number of crews keen to add to their wins, coming up in a few weeks time.

British University and College Sports

February 23, 2018

On the 23rd of February, a 30 strong squad headed down to Newcastle to compete in the biggest head race of our calendar; BUCS held once again on the Tyne. A bright sunrise greeted us on the Saturday which was to hold the fresher events over a 3K course. The first crew to boat were the WBeg4+, our first ever fresher crew at BUCS! The girls put their months of training into every stroke, doing the club and most of all each other proud coming in an incredible 5/23 beating some top rowing universities in the process.

 

The second division saw the MBeg4+ take to the Tyne. After some intense sessions leading up to the race they were keen to show what they could do. They worked together, moving as a crew and finishing in a respectable 13/21

 

After a night to recharge and fuel up, Sunday saw the seniors turn to row the longer 5K course. With it brought some choppier conditions and tougher competition however this didn’t faze the WInt8+ and Mint4+ who were the first crews to race. The women had a strong start, pushing away from Sheffield and settling into a strong rhythm. A minor collision didn’t stop them from giving it their all up to finish line coming in 33/44. The men were close to follow with another strong race and an improved feeling in the boat from Inverness head completing the course 27/38.

 

As the Beast from the East closed in, it was decided the second division would be raced over the shorter 3K course and split in half. First up were the MInt8+, keen to build on from Inverness they kept their heads together and crossed the line strongly dispute the rough conditions in 40/46.

 

Rounding off the weekend was the WInt4+ who were keen to continue on from their previous strong races throughout the season, they pushed off from the start gaining on Leeds throughout the race. They battled through waves higher than the boat to finish off 18/34.

 

Another fantastic weekend for DUBC with our highest placings ever at BUCS, showing that despite being a small club we can still hold our own amongst universities across the border. We’d like to thank the BUCS organisers for another smooth weekend with all competitors enjoying the experience. The results are a great place for the club to move from as we enter regatta season, and hopefully some more high placings!

Inverness Head/ Scottish Student Sport

February 10, 2018

Our first race of 2018 took us to the Highlands to compete in the combined Inverness JBT Winter Head and Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Championships. A bright but brisk Saturday morning saw the men’s intermediate/R2 8+ take to the Caledonian Canal. Having trained hard they rowed well placing 3rd in the SSS Championships. Steffan Jones was next to take the water, racing in the Intermediate and R2 category for his single. Having not rowed this boat for several months he took it as a practice yet still came a respectable 2nd in SSS Championship, missing gold by 2 seconds!

 

The second division saw the women’s intermediate/R2 8+ take to the water, after some intense training they used their strength and team spirit to fly down the course taking gold in the SSS event! Another gold was achieved by the men’s double in the SSS event beating our rival club Stirling University, setting Dundee in good stead for our annual race TayForth in March. Fraser Jefferies was the last to take to the course, racing his novice single finishing in 4th place. Fraser is looking forward to developing his single for the upcoming regatta season.

 

After a food and laughter filled evening with our Highlander hosts, Sunday brought more success for DUBC. First up was a composite quad with two Dundee men – Ross Morrison and Steffan Jones and two Herriot-Watt men, as a scratch crew they raced well together coming in 2nd place. Next up, our novice men completed the course in 18.47 minutes placing 4th. Having rowed well they came off with a smile on their faces and areas to improve on before they take the BUCS course next weekend. The final crew in the first division was the women’s intermediate/R2 4+. From their win the previous day, they were on high spirits and were keen to add to the medal total. Starting off well, they pushed further and further away from Strathclyde University and gained on Edinburgh University. This continued throughout the race placing them in 1st in both the Inverness head race and the SSS event (beating the R1 Edinburgh crew by 1 second)! These girls are looking forward to a strong race at BUCS. Rounding off the weekend with the last race was the Men’s Intermediate/R2 4+. The other competitors proved to be very strong and with the snow, hail and wind against them they battled through the course coming in 4th place. These boys have already analysed where improvements need to be made before they also take on the BUCS head.

 

After a hugely successful weekend we would like to send a huge thank you to Inverness Rowing Club for organising once again a brilliant event. The results have truly reflected the hard work and dedication from the athletes, coaches and captains and we’re all looking forward to adding to the trophy cabinet with the upcoming season. Bring on BUCS! 

2018 January Training Camp

January 10, 2018

To kick-start the new year and semester, DUBC took on a 4-day training camp getting BUCS crews out for 2 water sessions and 1 land. Perfect water conditions allowed for crews to build up their mileage, whilst also getting technical coaching to improve individual technique. A long UT2 piece in the morning got everyone back to building up fitness and rowing continuously after a long break. After some carbs and an attempt at regaining feeling in the hands it was on to a shorter piece at a higher intensity, getting crews back up to racing rate and used to maintaining technique despite the higher heart rate.

The afternoon session gave everyone an opportunity to debrief and begin to formulate a plan for the upcoming semester along with stretching to loosen up sore bodies ready for it all again the following day. After 4 days, more blisters than normal skin and both individual and crew points to improve upon, the camp was completed. Great perseverance from the whole squad despite the freezing conditions and long days everyone came through feeling more positive about the upcoming months with some key areas to focus on. Bring on 2018!

Glasgow 4's Head

November 25, 2017

Our final race of the semester was at Glasgow 4's head. A cold morning saw us arrive with plenty of time to prepare for the 4 boats racing in division 1. First to race was the Nov4+ with 2 boats entered for DUBC in this category of 9 competitors. Some great racing from both crews with our fresher’s just pipping the seniors, coming in at 4th and 5th place respectively. The WR24+ were next to take the course, with a Katie Fisher jumping in as a last minute switch. The women raced well despite never having rowed together before, coming in at a respectable 2nd place. Finally, we had the WNov4x+ set to race. Despite a nightmare with a broken seat the crew worked as best they could to get the boat down the course with their efforts being repaid in the form of 1st place. A fantastic result showing some great potential!

 

The second division saw 3 crews take on the Clyde, starting with the R24+. Having trained together several times since Aberdeen Head, the guys were keen to make up for an unfortunate race there due to steering issues. They started strong and maintained a good rhythm down the 4K course, sprinting to the line and crossing it in 1st place in their category, another brilliant win for the guys and the club! Finally we had 2 crews entered into the WNov4+. Another great racing opportunity, with the senior crew coming in 3rd and the fresher’s in 6th.

 

A great way to end the first half of the season with 2 wins for the club. With crews starting to race as a unit, it leaves us in a strong position to being the new year with the focus being towards BUCS.

Scottish Indoor Championships

November 18, 2017

On Saturday the 18th of November, a 19 strong squad from DUBC headed to Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility for the annual indoor championships. With some big names attending straight from GB trials, it was set to be a strong day of racing.

First up saw the Fresher men taking to the ergs, with Oliver Bohle (pictured centre) smashing his heat coming in first with Alistair Bonnsal, Henri Greenbaum and Ruaraidh Simpson showing some strong performances too. After nervously watching the second heat take place, it was confirmed Oliver had got the first win of the day by 4 seconds, a perfect start to the day!

Next saw the fresher girls, a strong first heat saw Fiona Lapp coming in first followed by Natalie Troy, Lizzie Briggs and Shannon Polston. Heat 2 saw some strong competition from Edinburgh, pushing Fiona back to a still very respectable 6th place overall whilst Merryn Thomson stayed strong throughout earning herself 9th place.

Amy Gilmour took to the erg next for the lightweight women, which was followed by the University open heavyweight women. Heat 1 saw Eleanor Brinkhoff first past the post followed by Hannah Campbell in second, both achieving well-earned PBs. Katie Fisher managed to achieve her aim of sub 8 minute with Ellie Gkika close behind. Despite some great racing, heat 2 saw some very fast 2Ks pushing the girls out of podium position, but a great effort none the less!

The lightweight men saw Steffan Jones set to represent DUBC, not quite a PB but determination to beat it in the upcoming season. The final individual events saw Oliver Bohle and Callum Banks take on the 500m sprint, a close race from the off with Oliver managing to pull slightly ahead taking Bronze, his second medal of the day. Katie Canniford took on the women’s 500m sprint, keeping a low split seeing her into third place with Dundee’s third medal of the day.

Finally, we had the team sprints with the fresher women going first. With a lot of encouragement from the sidelines, they kept up the pace coming 4th place.

The last race of the day saw the Senior women take on the 3K challenge. With some slick changeovers and a low split, the girls tussled between 2nd, 3rd and 4th place throughout, managing to pull away in 3rd at the end.

A great day of racing with some fantastic times pulled throughout and several new PBs topping it off with three podium appearances! Back out on the water for now, looking towards Glasgow head this coming weekend and hoping to continue the season with some more strong racing.

Aberdeen Fours Head

November 04, 2017

Last Saturday DUBC took to the Dee for our second race of the semester but the first for the majority of our squad, with two fresher crews racing for the very first time!

 

Saturday saw our fours and quads getting to race, the R24+ (Steffan Jones, Callum Banks, Fraser Jefferies, Oliver Bohle COX: Laura Speake) started strong but unfortunately encountered a steering fault mid-race resulting in a slower time than hoped but plenty of potential for the coming year.

Next to finish was the WR24X+ (Rosie Bowick, Becca Haigh, Amelia Powell, Ellie Gkika COX: Holly Barnard) maintaining good technique and driving the boat on got them second place in their category, a fab result having only trained together a handful of times! The final senior crew was the WNov4+ (Katie Fisher, Fiona Chapman, Chloe McCormick, Amy Gilmore COX: Matthew Simpson) who had a strong race however were also plagued with some steering issues but still crossed the line happy with Matt experiencing the coxing seat at a race for the first time. The final boat of the division was the WBeg4+ (Lizzie Briggs, Rachel Donnison, Fiona Lapp, Dani White COX: Eleanor Brinkhoff). Having never experienced a racing environment before, they kept their cool at the start and technique throughout, coming a respectable 4/7.

After a quick turn around involving re-rigging a boat and a few more jelly babies it was on to division 2. The first boat out was the WR24+ (Eleanor Brinkhoff, Hannah Campbell, Katie Canniford, Lucy Downing COX: Holly Barnard) with a good start they managed to overtake 1 boat and hold off any others, coming in 4/7. The Nov4+ (Euan McLeod, Aaron Duff, Baljit Singh, Marcus Robinson-Jones COX: Matthew Simpson) were the final senior four on the course, despite some undercutting from another boat, they powered on into second place. Rounding up the day was the Beg4+ (Karim Zwart, Harry Rogerson-Gleave, Alistair Bonsal, Henri Greenbaum COX: Laura Speake) focusing forward and working as a crew they came in at a well deserved second place.

After tightening a few foot-plates it was on to division 2 which saw the O2X (Ross Morrison, Euan McLeod) head out. Setting a strong rate from the off they crossed the line in 3rd, certainly a double to watch out for come regatta season! Finishing off the racing for the weekend was the Beg4+ with their second race together. After a few pointers to work on for the previous day they battled the more challenging conditions and came in at 2nd once again. A great weekend, with all crews coming off with smiles on their faces but eager to improve for the next races. Big thanks to Aberdeen Boat Club for hosting a great head of the river, putting us up Saturday night and lending us a boat and blades. Also shout out to Beth Drybrugh, Aaron Donald and Ruraridh Simpson for cheering us on from the bank and lending a hand for manic rigging of boats and of course our four-pawed mascot Jess. Back onto the Tay for now, but bring on Glasgow in a few weeks!

Give It A Go Sessions

September 15, 2017

Give It A Go Sessions went incredibly well this year. We had 78 freshers show up to the three session across the week, 45 of which came on Sunday 10th which was largest number of freshers DUBC has ever had for a Give It A Go session! So thank you for coming along, we hope everyone enjoyed themselves and that we have a good number of students who matriculate again this year. 

Message from the Club Captain, Eleanor Brinkhoff: 

' It was great to see so many faces. There was a wide array of abilities from: people who had been rowing for year, some who wanted to get back out on the water after a few years of experience and those who had never even seen a boat before! Everyone did really well and there was some  impressive rowing considering the 30 minute crash course some people had before jumping in a boat! Thanks for coming along.' 

Look forward to seeing all the freshers back out on the water in the next few weeks!

Castle Semple Regatta

May 19, 2017

What a fantastic weekend! Against the rain and the wind DUBC came back with some fantastic results - making the club very proud.

The first race of the day was ONov2x which was a three heat race. We had 2 crews entered: Fraser Jefferies and Ross Morrison, along with James Parker and Marcus Robertson-Jones who were in the following heat, they both raced well placing 4th and 5th respectively. 


The next race of the day was a WNov4x+ (COX Laura Speake, Katie Johnson, Becca HaighEllie Gkika and Rosie Bowick) who placed a brilliant 2nd in their heat. This put them through to the final where they came 3rd - a truly wonderful result!
Rachael Wells was next to race in her single (WR2 1x) who had a great race, she came 1st in her heat and 2nd overall! What a brilliant way to race one her last races for DUBC. The last race of the morning was a combined club race who competed in OR2 4x+, Ross Morrison joined 3 others and they got a whopping 1st place in their straight final! 

As the afternoon came in everyone was in high hopes for the crews competing. Our first race was ONov1x where Fraser Jefferies and Euan McLeod both placed well in their heats (3rd and 4th) and Fraser Jefferies made it through to the final which is a brilliant result for his first sprint race in a single!


WNov4+ was the next race which was a straight final. The girls (COX Laura SpeakeEleanor BrinkhoffBecca HaighKatie Johnson and Rosie Bowick) placed 2nd overall, which is again another brilliant result and hopefully was a good last race for Katie Johnson with DUBC. The second last race of the day was ONov4x+ by COX Laura SpeakeFraser JefferiesRoss MorrisonEuan McLeod and Eleanor Brinkhoff where they placed 1st in their heat against some tough competition which put them through to the finals. In the finals they raced well despite the swell and placed a brilliant 3rd place. 
The final race of the day was WR2 2x (Rachael Wells and Katie Johnson) which placed 2nd in their heat which again put them into the final and they were both very pleased! 

Overall, each of these members made DUBC very proud with some incredible impressive rowing this Saturday! Congratulations everyone, here's to many more successful seasons!! 

Strathclyde Park Regatta

April 21, 2017

Overall everyone had a great day racing, the weather was beautiful and the water was flat calm from the majority of the morning and picked up slightly for the afternoon.

 

We had seven races on Saturday. 1st race of the day was with Holly BarnardHannah CampbellKatie Johnson and Rachael Wells in WRes2 4x with a very strong row but equally strong competition - a great way to start the morning! Our second race of the day was ORes2 2x (Rory Dyce and Steffan Jones) who came a close 4th place in their heat. The third race of the day was SSCWI4+ (COX: Laura SpeakeEleanor BrinkhoffBecca HaighRosie Bowick, Katie Johnson) was a very competitive race with a straight final were Dundee put in a good fight and came 5th overall. 

The afternoon races were novice races and the course was reduced to 1000m. Our fifth race of the day was WNov 2x (Eleanor Brinkhoff and Sophie Hannigan) came 2nd in their heat, progressing them into the final. Coming 5th in their final and 5/24 which is a great overall result, and a good starting pointing for future races. Our last race of the day Euan McLeod racing his single who placed 5th in his heat with a close finish. 

Overall Saturday was a very successful race day and hopefully next year we can bring back some equally good results, maybe even shiny medals!!

Ergathon - North Coast 500

March 30, 2017

DUBC successfully completed a 12 hour Ergathon in three different venues in Dundee on the 31st of March 2017. We rowed 520 miles and raised an incredible £1857.13, £620 of which was donated to Cash4Kids. This is a local division of the charity in Dundee supported by TayFM which provides children aged 0 to 18 to improve their quality of life. DUBC has raised money for several years for this great charity through our Ergathon, and look forward to doing this in the future. The rest of the funds will go to the club, and be used to improve our equipment and training facilities. Thanks to everyone who rowed, supported and donated to us!

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