The Segreants Club

The Segreants Club was founded in 1996 as the successor club to the DCBC Old Members Association, and in 2008 the club merged with the Boat House Centenary Trust to form the Segreants Trust. The trust has established a board which is responsible for fundraising on its behalf. The Segreants has grown rapidly and now has over 250 supporters ranging from 1930s matriculants to the most recent graduates.

The Segreants has four main aims:

  1. To hold social events for those with an interest in Downing rowing.
  2. To produce a newsletter (The Magenta Messenger) to keep members informed of the Boat Club’s progress.
  3. To financially support the Boat Club.
  4. To allow members to row as members of the Segreants.

Social Events…

The highlight of the Segreants calendar is the annual Race and Dinner held on the first Saturday of Easter Term. All Boat Club members are welcome to attend, whether they rowed once in the summer Rugby boat, or devoted every morning to first boat training. This well-attended event offers an opportunity to establish links between past and present Boat Club members, or simply reunite long-lost friends.

In the morning the current college crews race Head of the Cam, and then various Segreants boats race in the afternoon, usually with excellent results. After racing, there is an informal reception in the boathouse. The Segreants dinner is held in the hall in the evening, the biggest dinner of the year with alumni and current students all attending, which makes for a fantastic evening.

The 1985 Henley crew reunited at Segs Day 2015.
The 1985 Henley crew reunited at Segs Day 2015.

Keeping alumni updated…

The Segreants Trust sends out an annual newsletter (The Magenta Messenger) each Autumn. This includes a summary of the year’s events and reports from the departing Captains. In addition, it highlights any important dates for the coming year. Please contact Mike Whetnall, Secretary to the Segreants Board, if you have any questions or input for the Messenger.

In addition to this, the club has an email list to which we regularly send out updates including crew lists, progress reports and daily Bumps reports. If you would like to be added to this, please email Alex Fellows, the Captain of Boats.

Supporting current student members…

The Segreants can often ensure that capital projects, sometimes out of the reach of the Club, can be funded, providing immediate benefit to the Boat Club.

In 2010, the astonishing generosity of the Segreants funded the purchase of a truly world-class VIII+ for Downing W1 in memory of past DCBC member, Alastair Nelson. This support propelled W1 to become Head of the River in both Lent and May Bumps in 2011, with the boat remaining unbeaten in the first year of use!

It is intended that in the coming years the Segreants will increase the financial support it offers to DCBC and in doing so support the club in retaining the W1 Mays Headship, and returning to the Lents and to the Men’s Headships.

Rowing for the Segreants…

In recent years past members have re-discovered the enjoyment of rowing and the Segreants often enter a crew into the Fairbairns competition in Michaelmas term and the Head of the Cam in the May term. If you are interested in racing for the Segreants at any time, please email Mike, and see the current updates for information regarding this year’s racing.

The Segreants make their racing debut at the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, October 2014.


If you wish to support the work the Segreants Trust does, attend any of the events or have any other queries please contact Mike, Secretary of the Segreants Club or Alex, the current Captain of Boats.

Segreants Regatta and Dinner

The next Segreants’ Day will be held on Saturday 22nd April, 2017. Please email the Captain of Boats, Alex Fellows for further details.