Anyone at Downing is encouraged to give rowing a try with DCBC. Each term we usually field 5 crews, 3 men’s and 2 women’s, which means that there should be a level of skill and commitment to suit everyone. Whilst our top crews train hard to compete at the highest level within the University and at large races across the UK, there is also opportunity to row in the more relaxed lower boats. Whatever level of rowing you want to do, though, everyone enjoys being part of DCBC.
The top Downing crews regularly compete further afield. In the 2014/15 season M1 raced in the IVs Head and the Head of the River Race on the Tideway, and at Wallingford, Bedford and Nottingham Regattas in pursuit of pre-qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta. W1 sent IVs to the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts and to Henley Women’s Regatta.
For any college rower in Cambridge, the highlights of the year will be the Lent and May Bumps. Here you can find lists of previous men’s and women’s bumps crews, along with their results. In the past decade Downing M1 and W1 have been continually at or near the top of the division in both the Lent and May Bumps. W1 currently hold the Mays Headship.