Hello, I’m Alex, a fourth year Natural Scientist at Downing going into my third year with DCBC. It gives me great pleasure to assume the role of Captain of Boats for the 2017-18 season and I highly commend my predecessor, Ryan Macpherson, for all that he has done over the past year.
My biggest regret whilst being at Downing is not trying rowing in my first year. Like most people rowing at Cambridge, I was completely unfamiliar to the sport upon arriving; the little knowledge I had came from the annual Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. Unfortunately, I wasn’t enticed into DCBC during Freshers’ Week which led to a year without rowing. My second year, however, came with my full intention to give it a go and from then onwards I was hooked!
At DCBC, a new exciting rowing tank project is under-way and this, as well as a luxurious boat-house and world-class coaching, make our rowing programme one of the best in the country. These facilities have helped previous DCBC athletes learn to row and even go on to represent Team GB in Rio 2016.
Our privilege at DCBC comes from our extremely generous alumni who continue to keep DCBC a part of their lives (even 50 years on for some). They continue coaching and showing support for all of our races throughout the year and provide so much inspiration for all current members.
Rowing has taken me well outside of Cambridge from rowing the Boat Race course on the Tideway in London for the Head of the River, to having two club training camps in Spain and even to visiting Amsterdam for the Head of the Amstel. However, by far the most exciting races are the Bumps! Nothing compares to the adrenaline rush of the starting cannon or the satisfaction of crunching into the crew in front…
Despite how it may sound, rowing is not all about training, keeping fit, or even about winning. There is a sense of family within DCBC that is unparalleled with other clubs and you really do meet some of your best friends here. We have a very active social calendar with several formal dinners, weekly socials and many club meals out. So if you are looking for one of the most rewarding sports you can find and to come away from Cambridge with some truly amazing memories that will stick with you forever, come and give rowing a try!
Alex Fellows, Captain of Boats 2017-18