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DUBC rise to the challenge of the Charles River

Published: October 26th 2018

Despite facing some tough obstacles – unfamiliarity with the course being one – the DUBC Senior 8+ crew came an impressive 11th out of 36 entries in the Head of the Charles Regatta men’s club eights last weekend, with a time of 15:26.253.

“The Head of the Charles Regatta course is a notoriously difficult one to row. Facing windy conditions and tight bends, as well as a foreign shell and oars, added a few extra considerations to our race preparation,” says DUBC vice-captain Sean Canning following the experience.

The infamous Head of the Charles Regatta, which first began in 1965, attracts over 11,000 athletes and tens of thousands of spectators every year.

International
The two-day festival of rowing takes place every October and this year, for the first time, DUBC took off to Boston to test themselves against an international field.

The heavy investment in higher education sport in the USA was evident at the event.

“A fair observation to make is that these organisations are funded and run on a scale to which Irish clubs and universities have yet to achieve.

“That says nothing of the standard of rowers however. Ireland is producing rowers who compete and succeed at world championship and Olympic regattas. We compete with these athletes domestically in Ireland and also when we travel to the UK.”

For DUBC’s chief rowing coach Richard Ruggieri, the HOCR was a good opportunity to show off the high-performance programme that is Trinity Rowing.

Skills
“As a global university it is important to spread the word to rowers around the world. We believe Trinity offers a great opportunity for talented oarsmen to continue their rowing career. At Trinity they will receive academic excellence while building small boat skills and international race opportunity.

“The Charles was a great opportunity to learn more about ourselves as a crew and programme. The lessons learned will help us at home both on and off the water. In itself a great experience to move and grow.” 

The weekend wasn’t totally consumed with racing though. The lads - Rowan Hamilton, Mark Quigley, Adam Browne, Hugh Lohan, Tom Steevens, Tadgh McKnight, Sean Canning, Donal O'Shea and Brian Cronin - also found time do a few touristy things too, such as consume post-race PB&J sandwiches, have breakfast at the historic Victoria’s diner and pay a visit to the Massachusetts State House.