Meeting DCBC During Freshers Week

31280208_1618158401585672_7796122404223094794_nIf you’re coming to Downing this October, keep your eye out for DCBC during Freshers’ Week. We will be at the Downing Freshers Fair so please come and talk to any of us if you have any questions or want to register your interest!

There will also be a taster day on Saturday. Join us on the taster day to have a go at rowing on our indoor rowing tank and to meet lots of members of the boat club!

In the meantime, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to keep up to date with what’s going on.

Why Try Rowing? 

26814907_10155057562551994_4704866279060802781_nRowing is the quintessential Cambridge sport, so it would be practically criminal to come to Downing without giving it a go! Don’t worry if you’ve never rowed before, most of the club hadn’t when they came to Uni – and that’s including most of this year’s committee. Rowing is an absolutely fantastic sport, incomparable to anything you will have tried before. Rowing isn’t all about the sport but provides a great opportunity for socializing with both people across different years within downing (both undergraduate and postgraduate), while also allowing you to get to know people in your own year better. Many of us find that we make our closest friends through the boat club. Here at DCBC we have a bursting Social Calendar throughout the year. You can find out more about all the events that go on at DCBC here.

And the Bumps, held twice a year, should provide extra incentive – this exciting type of racing where the aim is to catch up with the boat in front of you and bump into them is unique to Cambridge and simply has to be experienced.

If you want to have fun, get fit and escape the library from time to time, rowing is for you. And if you happen to like competing, well, there’s no better place to row than at Downing! Yes, we’re all slightly biased, but once you’ve tried rowing you’ll soon see why everyone in the club is so hugely passionate about it.

Want to Cox?

Find out more about Coxing at DCBC here.

Already Have Rowing or Coxing Experience? 

If you’re already a keen rower or cox, please contact the Men’s Captain – Aidan Joyce or the Women’s Captain – Imogen Shaw .We would be delighted to welcome you into our senior squad. DCBC provides a fantastic opportunity for you to develop, taking advantage of the best equipment and coaching available in an enjoyable and rewarding atmosphere. To find out more about the Crews we field at DCBC please click here.

Many of our club members go on to represent Cambridge in the Boat Races, and some have even competed for Great Britain in the Olympics.

What should I expect If I Learn to row at DCBC?

To help you know what to expect from learning to row at DCBC, this year’s Lower Boat’s Captains have Designed a Handbook containing information on what to expect from an outing, basic rowing technique, land training, racing, social events throughout the term, FAQ’s and a Glossary of rowing terms so you know the lingo! This can be found here:

The Lower Boats Captains (LBCs) will be the main point of contact for novices. They’ll organise weekly training, races and social events throughout the term, to give you a taste of what rowing is like and what DCBC has to offer. Rowing is probably incomparable to any sport you’ve done before, so you simply have to try it out.

A Women’s Senior-Novice Composite Racing In Cambridge Winter Head

Absolutely anyone is welcome to try it out, whether you want to chase a place in the 1st boat or just have fun rowing with your friends. There are different levels of commitment within the club and novicing in your first term is relatively relaxed and informal, the emphasis being very much on enjoying your time on the river and in our indoor rowing tank. In novice term, you’ll typically have a couple of outings a week, and will be welcome to join land training, including circuits with the whole club which will be held on a Thursday evening and is followed by dinner at Spoons. Halfway through term you’ll get the chance to race with the seniors in a composite crew (4 Novices and 4 Seniors in a boat) at the Cambridge Winter Head.

NM1 (Novice Men’s 1st Boat) having just raced in Fairbairns

Towards the start of Michaelmas term we hold a fresher’s formal and a Novice drinks event – both of which are heavily subsidized. Other highlights of the novice term include a series of races – Queens’ Ergs, a 500m relay sprint on a rowing machine (An erg) against teams from other colleges, Clare Novices and Emma Sprints (both a regatta (knock-out) competitions on the river) and Fairbairn’s right at the end of term (A time trial on the river) which is followed by a traditional Boat Club Dinner right at the end of term.

Whilst most of the new members will join the club in Michaelmas, the opportunity to learn to row is offered throughout the year and new members are always hugely welcome.

If you have any questions about novicing at Downing take a look at the Novice FAQs or the Handbook or contact the LBCs, who will always be happy to help. Any suestions specifically about coxing can be directed to our coxing rep Cameron Watson at . More information about coxing can be found here.