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Durham University Boat Club

Durham University Boat Club (DUBC) is the Rowing Club of Durham University in England. Along with the Oxford University Boat Club, Cambridge University Boat Club and University of London Boat Club, DUBC is considered one of the best university rowing clubs in the country.


The club was founded in the late 1830s, in coincidence with Durham Regatta (the second oldest Regatta in the country after Shrewsbury Regatta)

DUBC's colour is Palatinate - a shade of purple - that is specific to the City of Durham and to Durham University Sports teams. The colour is derived from that worn by the Prince Bishop of Durham's armies, and is now used by all University Sports Teams

The club has won a number of medals at Henley Royal Regatta over the years, most recently in 2005. The club has also consistently produced athletes for the Great Britain Squads.

In 1989 the DUBC Freshman Squad was established, and since then Durham's reputation for taking novice athletes to International standard competitors has continued to grow.

One of the best known coaches of the last half century was Eric Halladay. He was involved in Durham University Rowing from the 1960s through to just before his death in 1997

DUBC and DUWBC Combine

In 2001 Durham University Women's Boat Club merged with Durham University Boat Club (then all male) to form DUBC

Before merging DUBC had been operating out of Newcastle University Boat Club on the South Side of the Tyne at Newburn, and DUWBC had operated out of Tyne Rowing Club on the opposite side of the river. The merged club began to operate solely out of Tyne RC.

The Club also has boat house facilities on the River Wear in Durham underneath the student union building.


In recent years DUBC has gone through a period of sustained success

Wade Hall-Craggs is current Head Coach.
Other Coaches are Peter Lee, John Thicknes and Edouard Blanc.

At the Head of the River Races the club has consistently been placed in the upper ranks of UK and International University crews. At the Women's Eights Head of the River Race the 1st VIII has won the Senior II Pennant three times in the last 5 years. At the Men's Head of the River Race the 1st VIII won the Ortner Shield (for Universities) in 2005 and finished 10th overall

The Club is current holder of the Victor Ludorum at the British University Sports Association (BUSA) Championships. They have won this title every year since 2004.

In 2007 the clubs nearest challenger for the Victor Ludorum came from Newcastle University Boat Club who have traditionally been a weaker club than DUBC. However in the last 12 months NUBC have challenged DUBC strongly, and beaten them at a number of major events.

Northumbrian Water Boat Races

The Northumbrian Water University Boat Race is now in its 11th year (2007) and is an annual challenge between the Universities of Durham and Newcastle in a similar vain to the more famous Oxbridge Boat Race. The event has been traditionally dominated by Durham, DUBC taking home the main trophy every year, although rarely achieving a whitewash across the 4 events. The event is held annually on the River Tyne in central Newcastle-upon-Tyne in May and is well supported by local spectators.

Henley Success

The Club has enjoyed some notable recent Henley success. With 5 wins at Henley Women's Regatta since 2002, and a win at Henley Royal Regatta in the Men's Student Coxed Fours (now Prince Albert Challenge Cup) in 2005, and a finalist appearance in the same year for the composite Remenham Challenge Cup crew.

International Achievements

The Club has always, and continues to have, athletes competing at U23 World Championships, Senior World Championships and other International Competitions Most recently the club has achieved medals at both Senior and U23 World Championships in 2005 and 2006

Henley Royal Regatta Wins

Event Year Winning Crew
Mens Student Coxed Fours Winners 2005 P.Evans, P.Thomas, J.Foster, N.Jones, T.Hill
Visitors Challenge Cup Winners 1992 C.Harris, H.Mills, E.Bellamy, S.Pattison
Visitors Challenge Cup Winners 1988 S.Taylor, M.Towers, J.Chaytor, O.Hall-Craggs
Visitors Challenge Cup Winners 1982 S.Pelly, A.Purvis, D.Rendle, D.Hessian
Visitors Challenge Cup Winners 1978 P.McManners, T.Durie, P.Scott, C.Shawcross

Henley Women's Regatta Wins

Event Year Winning Crew
Lightweight Quad Sculls Winners 2007 S.Bradshaw, A.Wolstencroft, F.Fletcher, E.Steel
Senior Quad Sculls Winners 2006 M.Paxton, A.Hoskins, F.Fletcher, E.Steel
Senior Single Scull Winners 2005 L.Gater
Senior Coxless Fours^ Winners 2005 L.Reeve, A.Allin, L.Gooderham
Senior Quad Sculls Winners 2004 C.Leake, R.Harris, A.Allin, L.Reeve
College Eights Winners 2002 N.Hoogesteger, L.Buxton, B.Oldale, C.Kingston, L.Gater, H.Loughran, M.Scott, C.Leake, E.Crozier
Club Eights Winners 1991 F. Cunningham, M. Cooke, S. Van Newkirk, A. Holland, K. Thomas, P. Graham, A. Lancaster, C. Phillips, T. Keating
Senior 2 Coxed Fours 'C' Winners 1990 S. Van Newkirk, L. Morgan, L. Lugg, C. Philipps, R. Slatford
^ Composite with Nottingham University Boat Club

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