Durham School Boat Club

Durham School Boat Club (DSBC) is a school club offering rowing to students, parents, friends and other local schools. Based at Durham School in the city of Durham, England.

Durham School Boat Club
Durham School Boat Club - boat house summer.jpg
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
MottoMileage Makes Champions
LocationDurham School Durham
Coordinates54°46′19.39″N 1°34′48.29″W / 54.7720528°N 1.5800806°W / 54.7720528; -1.5800806
Home waterRiver Wear
Founded1847
AffiliationsBritish Rowing Northern Rowing Council
Websitedsbc.synthasite.com

HistoryEdit

Durham School Boat Club was founded in 1847.[1] However, there was rowing at Durham School before that - the club was a founder of Durham Regatta in 1834[2] and it is, therefore, one of the oldest clubs on the River Wear in Durham. Record keeping in the early days was non-existent[3] and the first reference to a School boat was to the four oared wherry Argo in 1838.[4] At the regatta, the club went on to win its first Challenge Cup in 1865.[2] The first club rower to win a blue for Oxford or Cambridge rowing in The Boat Race was W. King, who rowed for Oxford in 1854.[2]

FacilitiesEdit

The club operates from its own boathouse situated just downstream of Prebends Bridge; this was built in 1892.[5]

The club has a range of boats ranging in size from singles to eights and octuples. Durham School boats use the three letter boat code DUS.[6]

PhilosophyEdit

The club is not selective; that is, it is open to all students: "All year groups at the school have the opportunity to row at the appropriate level for their physiological and physical development".[7]

The club also offers rowing to The Chorister School[8] and parents and friends of Durham School.[9]

International representationEdit

The club has been successful at international level, the athletes having represented their home countries and Great Britain at olympic, world, university and junior level, most recently being GB representation, winning a silver medal in the junior women's 8,[1][10] at the 2010 Coupe de la Jeunesse in Hazewinkel, Belgium; England in the 2010 Home International Regatta in Cork, Ireland;[1] the World Rowing Junior Championships[11] in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France in August 2009; the Coupe de la Jeunesse[12] in Cork, Ireland in 2008 and England representation at the Home International Regatta in 2006.

National eventsEdit

The club enters a number of local, national and international events. In addition to wide-ranging representation at the various north-eastern heads and regattas oarsmen and women of different ages are regularly entered in events further afield.

The club has been successful in the British Rowing Championships producing eight champion crews, the last in 2010 with Gold in the Open Junior Coxless Pair and women's eight composite.[13][14]

In the National Schools Regatta in 2010 the club won silver in the Fours Cup for First Coxed Fours.[15]

Recent years have also seen the club at Henley. The women's 1st Eight entered Henley Women's Regatta in 2010 for the first time in The Peabody Cup,[16] losing to Headington School Oxford who went on to the final. The 1st Eight rowed in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2008[17] for the first time in over 40 years. Having pre-qualified again, the 1st Eight was in action in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2009, achieving a win over Reading Blue Coat School in their first race before being knocked out by Abingdon School (one of the country's premier rowing schools who went through to the final) on the second day. The school achieved pre-qualification into the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup again in 2011, being knocked out by the Sophie Barat Schule. In 2013, Durham School Boat Club was the only club in the North-East of England to have a J18 boat qualify for an event at Henley Royal Regatta, pre-qualifying a first eight for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. They were beaten by Bedford School in the heats.[18] Most recently competing at HRR in the Prince Elizabeth entering their mens 8+ in August 2021. Where they competed first day against Norwich School.

There are also frequent trips to various events held on the Tideway in London, the Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre and Dorney Lake. In 2012, the school achieved its first success at the School's Head of the River race on the Tideway, with the women's J16 4+ winning their category.

International eventsEdit

The club also trains and competes internationally.

Each year there is an annual training camp, previously to Gent with entry into the Gent Spring Regatta[19] in Belgium. In 2010 the club won gold, silver and bronze medals in a number of categories.[20][21][22] In 2011 the camp was on Lago d'Iseo in Italy, based in Lovere. Since 2012, the club has held its training camp annually in Soustons, France.

In addition, the club visited the United States in October 2008 to row in the Head of the Charles Regatta,[23] achieving an excellent result for their first visit.

HonoursEdit

British championsEdit

Year Winning crew/s
1992 Men J16 2x
1993 Men J18 4+
1994 Men J16 2x
2008 Open Ltw 2x, Open J16 4- [24]
2009 Open Ltw 2x [25]
2010 Women 8+, Open J16 2- [26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Durham School Boat Club". Durham School Boat Club. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Rowing North East Rowing - A History Time-line". North East Rowing On-line. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
  3. ^ Macfarlane-Grieve, Captain A.A., ed. (1922). A History of Durham Rowing. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Andrew Reid and Company, Limited. p. 8. Durham School, like the D.U.B.C. possesses no early record of its rowing.
  4. ^ Macfarlane-Grieve, Captain A.A., ed. (1922). A History of Durham Rowing. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Andrew Reid and Company, Limited. p. 8. In a letter of the late Canon Tristam we read "The first boat the School ever put on the river was a four-oar wherry named the 'Argo' in 1838".
  5. ^ Malden, John (1996). Let Durham Flourish. Durham City: The Friends of Durham School. p. 8. ISBN 0-9528670-0-1. During 1892, a temporary gymnasium was opened and the School Boathouse was built.
  6. ^ "Durham School BC (DUS)". Amateur Rowing Association. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "Rowing at Durham School". Durham School. Archived from the original on 9 December 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  8. ^ "Extra Curriculum". The Chorister School, Durham. Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. Sporting activities such as Football, Cricket and Netball consolidate the work done in Games lessons. Additional clubs include Rowing... .
  9. ^ "DSBC". Durham School Boat Club. Retrieved 10 August 2010. Parents Rowing is now in full swing.
  10. ^ "JW8+ FINAL". coupe de la jeunesse. Retrieved 5 August 2010.[dead link]
  11. ^ "2009 World Rowing Junior Championships, Brive-le-Gaillarde, France". Amateur Rowing Association. Archived from the original on 29 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  12. ^ "2008 Coupe de la Jeunesse, Cork, Ireland". Amateur Rowing Association. Archived from the original on 21 September 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  13. ^ "2010 CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS OF SUNDAY RACING". British Rowing Championships. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  14. ^ "Previous Wins". Durham School Boat Club. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  15. ^ "NSR Results 2010". National Schools Regatta. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  16. ^ "HWR Race Results". Henley Women's Regatta. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  17. ^ "Henley Royal Regatta - Princess Elizabeth Cup Results 2008". Henley Royal Regatta. Archived from the original on 29 November 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  18. ^ "Henley Royal Regatta - Princess Elizabeth Cup Results 2009". Henley Royal Regatta. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  19. ^ "Wedstrijdprogramma - Race programme". Gentse RS. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  20. ^ "Durham School Boat Club". Durham School Boat Club. Retrieved 25 August 2010. Ghent Spring International Regatta (Sun): J8+ Bronze; W4x- Silver; u23 4x- Gold; J18 4- Silver; JM16 4- Gold; J 4+ Silver; JW4- Bronze. Ghent Spring International Regatta (Sat): JM16 4- Silver; u23 4- Silver.
  21. ^ "Wedstrijduitslag - Results" (PDF). Gentse RS. Retrieved 25 August 2010.[dead link]
  22. ^ "Wedstrijduitslag - Results" (PDF). Gentse RS. Retrieved 25 August 2010.[dead link]
  23. ^ Powers, John (20 October 2008). "Some of these race lengths were almost gone with wind". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 August 2009. The Durham School Boat Club (back) and Cleveland Scholastic Rowing Association compete in youth men's eights.
  24. ^ "2008 archive of results". Web Archive. Archived from the original on 6 December 2016.
  25. ^ "2009 archive of results". Web Archive. Archived from the original on 6 December 2016.
  26. ^ "2010 Championships - Results of Sunday Racing". British Rowing Championships. Archived from the original on 6 December 2016.