Anyone at Downing is encouraged to give rowing a try with DCBC. Each term we usually field roughly 5 senior 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.
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 have previous rowing experience and are interested in joining our senior squad please contact the Men’s Captain – Ollie Boyne (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Women’s Captain – Kirsty Nangle (email@example.com).
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 3rd in the Lents and 6th in the Mays. W1 are 2nd in the Lents and 4th in the Mays.