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Durham University Boat Club



Chronology

1834
  • Regular regattas started by Durham University.
  • Durham Regatta was founded by the University with help of Squire Lloyd Wharton of Dryburn, after almost 20 years of aquatic festivities celebrating the victory at Waterloo. Durham University original Club raced in "Sylph"
  • 1897
  • Graduate's Challenge Cup presented to Durham University BC for junior inter-collegiate fours, raced for since 1879 but the cup was only presented in 1897.
  • 1952
  • Simon Hobbs (Kings College, Durham University) spare man for GB Olympic team, so possibly the first international athlete from region.
  • 1972
  • First Tees Long Distance Sculls is held as an invitation event. Course from North Tees Power Station to Victoria Bridge (3.75 miles). Won by Rolf Munding of Durham University BC.
  • 1973
  • (Easter) The Club visited Holland for a training camp with hosts Groningen Students Rowing Club in Aegir, as a result of the Clubs meeting in the Ladies Plate at Henley in 1972. DUBC are adopting the new style of an efficient compact stroke with virtually no body swing, followed by very slow controlled sliding.
  • The club took delivery of a Geo Sims of Twickenham 8+ "Prince Bishop" costing 1,100. The boat was a cross between a Donoratico and a Karlisch, and the first boat ever built with carbon fibre ribs beneath the canvasses. It weighed 45 lbs lighter than the lightest boat in Britain. The boat was 56 feet long with a very short stern. Sectioned in two parts rather than the usual three.
  • Durham University finished second to Durham ARC in the Page Pennant competition.
  • 1974
  • Geoff Potts, originally Tees RC, but now Durham ARC, and coached by Eric Halliday of Durham University, selected as Gt. Britain Lightweight Single Sculler at World Rowing Championships in Lucerne. First time ligtweight events included. Geoff wins the first ever WRC lightweight race & finishes 4th overall.
  • 1976
  • The first crew from the North East region to win at Henley Royal Regatta since 1874, Durham University BC win the Visitors Challenge Cup. Crew: Peter McManners, Tom Durie, Peter Scott, Chris Shawcross
  • 1981
  • Durham University BC 4- selected to represent GB at Match des Seniors (U23s) James Stewart, Mike Roberts, Dave Rendle, Damian Hessian coached by Eric Halladay, 5th place.
  • 1982
  • Durham University BC win the Visitors Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta for a second time. Crew: Simon Pelly, Andrew Purvis, Dave Rendle, Damian Hessian
  • 1986
  • Durham University WBC selected to represent GB at Match des Seniors (U23s) in HW4+. Finished 5th Jo Crookhall, Philippa Cross, Di Foster, Mary Sladden, cox Jojo Freeland coach Paul Mines.
  • 1988
  • Durham University BC won the Visitors Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta for the third time. Scott Taylor, Mark Towers, James Chaytor, O.W.Hall-Craggs
  • 1989
  • Durham University WBC Kim Thomas represented GB at World Championships in W2-
  • Durham University BC Mark Towers and George Every represented GB at U23s in HM8+ winning a bronze medal, Simon Amies in HM4-.
  • 1990
  • Durham University WBC won at Henley Women's Regatta S2 4+, Sarah van Newkirk, Laura Morgan, Elisabeth Lugg, Caroline Phillips cox Russell Slatford.
  • Durham University BC Russell Slatford and Roger Brown selected to represent GB at U23s in HM8+ winning a gold medal, Pat Weir and Ed Bellamy in HM2-.
  • 1991
  • Durham University WBC won Club VIIIs at HWR Anne Lancaster, Margaret Cooke, Fran Cunningham, Ali Holland, Sarah van Newkirk, Pip Graham, Caroline Phillips, Kim Thomas cox Ed Dutton.
  • 1992
  • Durham University BC won Visitors at HRR Charlie Harris, Hugo Mills, Ed Bellamy, Simon Pattinson.
  • 1994
  • Durham University BC Hugo Mills selected as spare man for World Championships.
  • 1997
  • The 1st Northumbrian Water Boat Race in the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne revived old inter-campus races that used to be held between Durham University's Colleges in Newcastle and Durham (previously held in coxed fours).
  • 1998
  • Durham University WBC - Lucy Heise selected to represent GB in HW2x at U23s, 4th.
  • Durham University BC - James Cazenove selected to represent GB in HM8+ at U23s.
  • 2001
  • Durham University WBC win at Henley Womens Regatta in LW2-. Magdalene Barron in composite with TSS which goes onto win a bronze medal at National Championships and represent Scotland at Home Inyernational Regatta.
  • Durham University BC - Peter Rudge selected to represent GB in HM4+ at U23s, then World Championships in HM4+ that won a bronze medal.
  • Durham University BC and Durham University Womens BC merge to become one club.
  • 2002
  • Durham University BC win College VIIIs at Henley Womens Regatta. Naomi Hoogesteger, Louise Buxton, Bryony Oldale, Celia Kingston, Laura Gater, Helen Loughran, Marsaili Scott, Clare Leake cox Emma Crozier.
  • Durham University BC Peter Rudge selected to represent GB at World Championships in HM8+ finishing 6th.
  • 2003
  • Durham University BC - Steve Rowbotham selected to represent GB at U23s in HM2x, Marsaili Scott in HW4- 6th.
  • 2004
  • Durham University BC won at Henley Womens Regatta in senior quads Clare Leake, Rachel Harris, Ann Fines Allin, Louisa Reeve. Paul Kelly and James Clarke selected to represent GB at U23s in LM2- and won bronze medal.
  • Durham University BC won the BUSA Championship winning the Eric Halladay Memorial trophy, the first time that Nottingham had ever lost the title.
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