This page will soon contain the results for all the races DCBC has raced in for the past several years, as well as a timeline of upcoming races. You can also get notifications for the Livestreams for any races by liking our Facebook page. Please find the results of the previous season, the 2020-2021 season, here. You can look at the results for other previous seasons here. Any questions or wanting more information about the races, the race calendar, or live-streaming and reports for the races, can be directed to Joel, the Communications Officer.
Michaelmas Term 2021
Cambridge Autumn Regatta – 12th September
W1 VIII: 2nd place
M1 IV+: won
Downing Pair: lost
To kick off the new season of rowing, we had three crews enter in the Autumn Regatta.
We started of with Downing W1, (with the help of a sub from Hughes Hall) beating the Peterborough City, (Parker) crew by 4 lengths. They then went on to beat the Cantab’s crew by just under 2 lengths. In the final, they then had a strong performance but lost to the Peterborough City, (Darrington) crew by 2 1/2 lengths. A great showing from the crew nonetheless! Next up, entered under City of Cambridge, Downing Pair entered the Coxless Pairs race, but due to an unfortunate crash, lost their race to Sudbury RC. A good effort from the lads! We finished the day with Downing M1 winning their race by “easily” beating the Globe RC, (Kapur). Some great rowing from the men!
Overall, our crews had a brilliant day and a great start to the next year of rowing! For more results of the race, please check out the draw of the race.
You can also heck out the livestreams of the races over on our Facebook page.
Cambridge Autumn Head – 16th October
M1 IV+: 2nd Place
W1/2 VIII: 1st Place
M1/2 VIII: 2nd Place
(All in their respective categories)
We had three crews enter in the Autumn Head, with some strong showing from them all! The Autumn Head is a 2.6km race upstream.
We started off the day with the M1 IV+ putting on a strong row to come 2nd out of the college IVs – only narrowly losing to Queens’ by 7 seconds. This IV would go on to comprise the stern 4 of the M1 VIII just a couple hours later! A great performance from the men! Right after the IV raced, our W1/2 composite rowed to be the fastest college women’s eight on the river! They managed to beat Pembroke, Trinity’s, and Clare’s W1 crews! A terrific performance from them all! Finally, the (now very tired) M1 IV from earlier joined the 4 other men to come 2nd in the men’s college eights category, only losing to Caius M1 by a narrow margin. A very good performance from them all!
(A shout out to Toby Boyne who subbed into the City M3 boat, being asked 2 hours before the start of the race, and put on a great row!)
Overall, our crews had a brilliant day and a great start to the term! For more results of the race, please check out the draw of the race or visit the race website. You can also find the times for the race on webscorer, as well as the times for the individual categories, (W1/2, M1 IV, M1/2 VIII). You can also view the crews for the races for the men and women.
University Fours – 1st to 5th November
We entered two IVs into the competition – a W1 IV and an M1 IV. More information about the race can be found on the CUCBC website. The race takes place with two crews, starting 120m apart, racing about 2km, from the motorway bridge to the railway bridge. The crew with the fastest time moves on to the next round in the competition.
W1 – Dead Heat against Selwyn W1
M1 – Won against Homerton M1
W1 ended up finishing with a 40ms difference in times with Selwyn, (a margin so small to be within the human margin of error). Wolfson W1 have scratched leading to both crews re-racing on Thursday to see who moves onto the semi-finals on Friday! M1 won their race against Homerton, beating them by 29 seconds! A great performance from both crews.
W1 – Lost their re-race against Selwyn W1
M1 – Lost to Magdalene M1
After ending in a dead heat on Day 1, W1 re-raced Selwyn on Thursday but narrowly lost to them in the end. The crew performed very well and should be proud of their racing! M1 moved on to race Magdalene on Friday. After a very strong start, the crew held their rivals for lots of the race but unfortunately just lost to them in the end. They had a very strong showing and had a great day of racing and should be proud of making it to the semi-finals!
W1 – 6th Place
M1 – 4th Place
(Note lots of the times and margins on the results page are quite subject to “human interpretation” i.e. are not accurate by any sense).
A great performance from both crews, despite being afflicted with illness, and we look forward to Winter Head in two weeks time!
The full bracket for the races can be found on the CUCBC website, for both the women’s races and for the men’s races. Watch our livestreams of the races on the Facebook page, or go to our YouTube channel for some extra footage. Finally, you can find the crews for this competition for the men’s IV and the women’s IV on our crews’ page
QERGs – 7th November
Seniors: 4th Place
NM “Follen”: 14th Place
NW “Trevitt-Watson”: Last Place
Due to QERGs not running last year, there was a cateogry for seniors this year where a mixed senior squad, comprising of 4 men and 4 women, could be entered into the competition. Our senior squad came 4th, behind Queens’, Hughes Hall, and Sidney. Both our novice teams also performed very well and had a fun day at the competition!
Please check out a small gallery of photos of our crews! Photo credit to Lucy Kirkwood, Chris Denham, and Nordin Ćatić.
Winter Head – 20th November
W1: 3rd Place
M1: 4th Place
W2: 5th Place
M2: 12th Place
(All in their respective categories)
Mixed Composites: Very well rowed!
In Winter Head, we entered our first and second men’s and women’s crews into the race. Everyone performed very well and should be proud of their results! We also entered two men’s and one women’s senior-novice composites which performed very well too!
M1 started the day coming out strong and finished in 4th place, 6 seconds behind Selwyn in third. M2 then raced to come in 12th with a time of just over 10 minutes! Both of the men’s crews show be proud of their results!
W2 then came out to have a really great row and come in 5th place, narrowly behind Pembroke and Queens’, (partly due to a crew not conceding the racing line when being overtaken, partly due to the author’s dodgy race lines). With a time of under sub 11 minutes, they should be very proud of their race! W1 finished the senior portion of the day to come in 3rd place, narrowly behind Caius in 2nd. They put on a strong showing and should be happy with the results.
Finally, we entered three senior-novice composites into the race, as an opportunity to give some novices a chance in their first race of the term to race with some of the seniors of the squad! They all put on really great performances and should be pleased with their first race!
Overall, our crews had a brilliant day which has set us all up do go out and smash Fairbairn’s in a couple weeks time! For more details of the race, please check out the draw of the race or visit the race website. You can also find the times for the race on rowclock. You can also view the crews for the races for the men and women.
Emma Sprints Regatta – 21st November
NW “Robinson”: Reached the Quarter Final!
NM “Follen”: lost
Two of our novice crews raced in Emma Sprints and both had a lot of fun!
Our Novice Women managed to reach the quarter final after beating Pembroke NW1 in the first round but losing to ARU NW1, the eventual winners, in the second round. The Mario Kart themed crew raced very well!
Our Novice Men unfortunately lost to Emma NM1 in the first round, (who went on to be the winners of the division) as well as, after a restart of the race, being beat by Girton NM1 in the second round, but the Flight Crew performed well for it being their first race!
Clare Novice Regatta – 27th November
Cancelled due to the severe windy conditions forecasted.
Fairbairn Cup, (Jesus) – 2nd & 3rd December
Thursday is the beginning of the race we’ve been training for all term – the Fairbairn Cup! Fairbairn’s is a head race taking place on the river Cam, with the crews being timed over how long it takes them to row a certain stretch of the river. You can look at the crew lists for the men’s crews and women’s crews here. More information about the race can be found on the Jesus College Boat Club website and Facebook Page. Any footage of our crews racing will be uploaded to our YouTube channel, and please follow our Facebook and Instagram for when we post the results!
Novices – 2nd Dec
We started the event off with our novices racing – they were timed on how long it took them to row 2.7km, from Jesus Boathouse down to the Railings on the Reach. For most of them, they had their first experience racing on the Cam! They all put on a strong row and we are proud of them all. They had a lot of fun on the river and we look forward to welcoming them into our senior squads next term! For the full results, you can find them here. For some professional photographs, please visit James Lee from Rock the Boat – photos from the day are on the website.
Seniors – 3rd Dec
M1: 4th Place
W1: 4th Place
M2: 14th Place
W2: 6th Place
M2.5 (IV+): 11th Place
“The Boat That Rocked” – Alumni Women (IV+): 1st Place
“Tribal” – Alumni Men (IV+): 3rd Place
(All in their respective categories)
On Friday, the culmination of this term’s training for our seniors was shown when they raced in Fairbairn’s! We entered five crews of our seniors, (and two alumni crews) into the race!
In the first division of the day, M1 started the day coming out strong and finished in 4th place, narrowly behind Caius in 3rd Place. M2 raced shortly afterwards, and, with some powerful pushes, raced to come in 14th, just a few seconds behind Churchill! In the next division, W1 was up and put the power down to finish 0.5 seconds behind Sidney Sussex in 3rd place! Finally, for the VIIIs, W2 came out to have a really great row and come in 6th place, close behind Trinity Hall. In the final division of the day, we entered three IVs+ into the competition. Starting with our M2.5 IV, having rowed in a IV twice before the race, the crew rowed well and came in 11th out of all the men’s IVs. Next, we had our Alumni Women IV, (consisting of our 2019 Headship crew!) who rowed to defeat the Jesus Alumni IV and claim victory once again! Finally, our Downing Alumni Men rowed strong and came in 3rd out of the Invitational Men IVs.
Overall, our crews had a brilliant day and all worked tirelessly throughout the term to achieve their performances in the race. It’s been a long term and so everyone should be proud of their results. The day has given us all a great footing for where to take our training next term as we start to prepare for our Lent Bumps Campaigns, and hopefully all earn a tremendous victory in little under 3 months time!
For more details of the race, please check out the draw of the race or visit the race website. You can also find the (currently provisional) times for the race on Fairbairn’s Facebook Event. You can also view the crews for the races for the men and women on our website. There is also a gallery of photos from the event that you can check out on the website! Also, please check out James Lee from Rock the Boat for some professional photographs! Finally, you can check out the livestreams and other videos of the races over on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
City Christmas Head – 4th December
Mixed VIII: 2nd Place
Mixed IV+: 2nd Place
Although we have been training 8 weeks this term to smash Fairbairn’s, we all know the true end of term race is Christmas Head. We entered two senior crews into the race. The draw for the race can be found here.
The first race of the day was by “A Creswick’s Family Christmas”, a mixed IV+ consisting of three generations of a college family within the boat club. Despite coming 2nd to the other mixed IV+ in the competition, the Phineas and Ferb adorned crew had an immense amount of fun, (with the most laughter I’ve ever heard whilst doing a rolling start) and had a really enjoyable end to a term of rowing. The cox’s calls were on point, especially when requesting that “Candace, row like you’re about to bust your brothers” soon after which she exclaimed “MOOOOM Phineas and Ferb are rushing the slide again!!”. The crew couldn’t have had a more fun time out on the water. You can find the composition of the crew here.
The second race of the day was the “Magenta Massive” mixed VIII, composed of members from all five our our senior crews this term! Beginning the rolling start on Grassy Corner, 5 seat was concerned when asking “Why are we up to wind 10?” after which the cox quickly replied “Because Stroke hasn’t reached rate 40 yet”. After settling into the first straight, the crew were putting down the power and already began to close the large gap on the Churchill crew in front. Approaching Ditton corner, this cox requested all the power from 2 and 4 which brought the crew nicely around the corner, (excusing this author’s/cox’s fear of hugging the bank). Onto the reach, the crew were getting ever so closer to Churchill when a small crash from them in the distance prompted the cox to yell “They’ve crashed, let’s destroy them now” which prompted a push from our fine pair of German Men in the stern. Churchill managed to get away quickly and were now only a couple lengths in front of us. After rowing past race control, where the commentator pointed out how it was impressive to see the crew rowing today, (with it being the morning after BCD) the cox asked for the final pickup on the rate towards the finish. Calling for the rate to up by 2 from 32, the crew held it together well when Stroke caught a small crab, but recovered in a swift manner before settling into the final rate 37, (NB: 37 – 32 =/= 2). We were now right on the 99′ crew in front of us who did not move when the cox screamed at them to “concede the line”, (probably due to the fact he kept calling them city and not 99′). But our crew powered past them and stayed on Churchill for the remainder of the race, right up until the finish line. The crew gave what little energy they had left after Fairbairn’s day and should be very proud of the 2nd place! (Though would be happy for a rematch against the Clare Boat Club Committee in 1st place anytime). You can find the composition of the crew here.
Even without considering this was the day after the crews had emptied all their energy rowing in Fairbairn’s, (some twice!) and after our Boat Club Dinner in the evening, both of the crews performed very well and, most importantly, had an incredible day of racing as the final competition of the calendar year. We all can’t wait until we are back together rowing in January!
The final results from the race can be found here on the City Rowing Club website, along with more information about the race. You can also look at the City Rowing Club Facebook page for some photos of the event. The race was also livestreamed and commentated – if you would like to watch the video, please go to the Facebook event for the race. Below are timestamps to both of our crews in the race.