Downing College Boat Club

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Welcome to DCBC, the home of rowing at Downing College, Cambridge.


From learning to row through to racing in the adrenaline-fuelled Bumps and Tideway Heads, being part of Downing College Boat Club is an unrivalled experience. We are consistently one of the most successful clubs on the Cam, with both men’s and women’s 1st VIIIs currently in the top five of the Lents and top six in the Mays. We also field several other VIIIs every year, allowing for a variety of levels of ability and commitment, and a thriving social scene.

We are hugely indebted to our alumni, who continue to provide us with financial support, allowing us to maintain our world class facilities and equipment in addition to being the home of the Cambridge Rowing Tank. Returning to coach us year upon year they epitomise the DCBC spirit – a perfect example of just how important the club is to its members, both old and new. Recently they fielded 2 Segreant crews at the Head of the Charles. The video of the trip can be watched below.

Our boatman Ian Watson, a former world silver medallist, is also fundamental in providing expert coaching and advice to the captains. The strong team atmosphere and friendly nature of the club means it continues to achieve excellent results, and to provide a refreshing and enjoyable experience to all its members.

Take a look around to find out our latest results and to learn more about the club,how to join, and our indoor rowing competition – The Downing Eliminator.

Every year new members, undergraduate and postgraduate, join Downing College Boat Club. Whatever your experience, if you'd like to join one of the most successful clubs on the Cam, please get in touch.

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