The social side of the DCBC ranges from post-training chilling at Spoons or the Boathouse to Black Tie Boat Club Dinners after racing and Pimm’s and Punting in May week. The Beauty of the Boat club is that there’s always something going on.
Every term there is at least one formal dinner, held in the hall, exclusively for the Boat Club. These are always a great chance for everyone to relax with fantastic food and even better company.
In Michaelmas, we hold the Freshers’ Formal to get to know everyone at the start of term. All Fresher’s interested in trying out rowing are invited to this at a greatly subsidized price. Also at a subsidized price, a few weeks after the Fresher’s Formal, a Novice drinks event is held, allowing novices to get to know each other and the senior squad better.
The Senior Squad also have a University IVs dinner is in late October, and at the end of term Fairbairns dinner is held after racing for both Novices and Seniors. Towards the end of Lent term, After 4 days of Lent Bumps we have the Lent Bumps dinner.
,At the start of Easter term The Segreants dinner is held, at the end of Segreant’s Day Segreants day is an important day in the Boat Club calendar. Held in the sun of Easter term, the college crews race the Head of the Cam in the morning, and then various alumni crews race in the afternoon. In the evening, everyone gathers for the Segreants dinner, celebrating the achievements of the Boat Club and thanking the Segreants for their continual support. The seating mixes up members old and new, so it’s a great chance to hear stories of the Boat Club from the past, and get to know some of our old members.
After exams and at the end of the May Bumps we have the May Bumps dinner, the biggest dinner of them all, Celebrating a year of rowing and the start of May week.
Boat Club Social Societies
The Tribe and Camenae are the men’s and Women’s Squad social societies respectively, and provide a large number of Social events throughout the year. Lots of swaps are organised through these societies with other boat clubs. Swaps provide a way to people from other Boat Club, as well as getting to go out with members of your own Squad.
There are also a lot of informal meet-ups through the year, such as cocktails evenings, pub trips and pizza nights.
Organised by the Tribe, A particular highlight of any rower’s calendar is the Tribal Barbecue, held during May week. This is the largest Garden Party in Cambridge and attracts over 1000 rowers (and non-rowers!) coxes and coaches from across the colleges. Expect an evening of Pimms, barbecue food, Ice cream, Doughnuts, boatie blazers and the music of the Gypsy Kings. It’s definitely not to be missed! This event is followed by an after-party, Organised by the Camenae.
Every year, before the start of lent term we run a winter training camp. In previous years it has been in Seville and Banyoles and is generously subsidized by our alumni. After an on Cam training camp last year to make use of the new Cambridge Rowing Tank, this year’s training camp will be returning to Banyoles. The Video from the 2017 Training camp to Banyoles can be found here.
While it is obviously a great occasion to improve your rowing, the training camp brings the squad together. We always spend some time in mixed men’s and women’s crews, and make sure novices get the chance to row with seniors and really learn from them. Squad integration happens socially with everyone eating together and enjoying the local bars each evening. There is also a day where we go an explore Barcelona – a really enjoyable experience, soaking up the culture and the sangria in the sun!
Aside from the organised events, many of our members find a lot of their closest friends within the club. Close bonds are made both within crews and within squads and after spending a lot of time together on the water, we then choose to get together off it as well! In the madness of Cambridge life, having a community like the Boat Club to provide something different is really valuable.