Anyone at Downing is encouraged to give rowing a try with DCBC. Each term we usually field roughly 6 senior crews, 3 men’s and 3 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.

In Michaelmas we normally field roughly 5 Novice crews, 3 men’s and 2 women’s in addition to the senior crews. In these crews everyone is learning from scratch – the majority of people who join DCBC have never rowed before!

If you are interested in joining as a novice please see our Joining Page or contact our Lower Boats Captain’s at

If you have previous rowing experience and are interested in joining our senior squad please contact the Men’s Captain – Aidan Joyce ( or Women’s Captain – Imogen Shaw (

The top Downing crews regularly compete further afield. In the 2017/18 season M1 and W1 raced in the Head of the River Race on the Tideway, and at Bedford. In the 2016/17 season M1 sent a crew to Amsterdam to race the Head of the Amstel. M1 and W1 have also previously competed at Henley and W1 at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts.

For any college rower in Cambridge, the highlights of the year will be the Lent and May Bumps. 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. The Crews for the Lent and May Bumps can be found below. M1 are currently 5th in the Lents and 4th in the Mays. W1 are 1st in the Lents and 6th in the Mays.

Men’s Crews 2020

Women’s Crews 2020

Men’s Crews 2019

Women’s Crews 2019

Men’s Crews 2018

Women’s Crews 2018

Men’s Crews 2017

Women’s Crews 2017

Men’s Crews 2016

Women’s Crews 2016

Men’s Crews 2015

Women’s Crews 2015

Men’s Crews 2014

Women’s Crews 2014

Men’s Crews 2013

Women’s Crews 2013

Men’s Crews 2012

Women’s Crews 2012

Men’s Crews 2011

Women’s Crews 2011

Men’s Crews 2010

Women’s Crews 2010 (& Earlier)