Bitter sweet finale to domestic rowing season

Queen's experienced the agony and the ecstasy of the Irish Rowing Championships in Cork last weekend when a heartbreaking 0.14 second (or 1 foot) loss to NUIG in the Senior 8s was sandwiched by outstanding wins for the Novice women's 8 and 4. The First VIII went bow ball to bow ball with NUIG's the whole way down the 2000m course leaving the highly fancied Muckross 8 with 3 Olympians in their wake. Queen's Olympian Iain Kennedy stood at the finish and said it was down to who got the surge on the stroke cycle. A young Queen's second VIII did outstandingly well to reach the final where they finished last but did us proud.

The Women's Novice VIII put in an outstanding performance on Friday to gain revenge for last years 2nd place. With 5 freshers in the boat, their 1 1/3 length win over St Michael's got the Championships off to a great start for Queen's. This is the first women's Championship in 10 years and it was followed by a superb win for the 4 in the penultimate race of the final day. This makes 4 big boat Championships for Queen's in 2 years. Full report to follow in LVBC newsletter in August."

Lady Victoria Henley Picnic 2010

This year's Henley Picnic will take place on Friday 2 July in Henley Cricket Club (Google Maps). The event is open to all friends and members of Lady Victoria Boat Club. 

£20 minimum donation is required to attend the event. This entitles you to free drink and food from the buffet and all proceeds go to Queen's Rowing. 

Its as a cheap a meal as you'll get but with the added benefit of supporting Queen's oarsmen and women, whilst catching up with old friends.

The picnic is from 1pm onwards but may be rescheduled should Queen's be racing at an earlier time on Friday. 

**Please check back on the website at approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday 1 July for a finalised starting time**


Henley Cricket Club (Google Maps)


1 p.m onwards (to be confirmed)


£20 minimum donation (all proceeds to Queens Rowing)

Henley Royal Regatta in the 1880s. 

Queen's Rowing adds to its Roll of Honour

The naming of 'The Paddy D' at Queen's Boat House. Pictured above (left to right); Gareth Ingram, Stephen Meenan, Dr Paddy Doherty, Keith Wilson, Kerry Bryson (Alumni Office), Jonny Malloy and Brendan Duffin

The Queen’s University of Belfast Boat Club celebrated its 75th Anniversary last year. The club is an unknown success story within Northern Ireland’s sporting world, continually competing at a top level and winning within Irish and British rowing respectively. Queen’s Rowing aims to amplify this success with a continued investment, both of money and expertise, to bring the club inline with other top universities throughout Europe.

Queens Rowing is undergoing a transition, spearheaded by the appointment of Mr Mark Fangen Hall as the new professional coach. Mark has been partly paid for by the kind donations and support of the Alumni and The Lady Victoria Boat Club.

Alumni of Queens Rowing and The Lady Victoria Boat Club have kept Queens Boat Clubs competing and winning at a top level. Without the support of many individuals, Queens Rowing could not ensure the continued development of its athletes and students.

Two individuals in particular, who have contributed between them over 60 years to Queens Rowing, are Mr Andrew Wells and Dr Paddy Doherty. Andy and Paddy who both rowed and coxed for the university in the 1970s have been integral to the successes of both the men and women’s clubs. Andy was stroke of The Queens boat that lost out in the 1976 final of Henley Royal Regatta and co-founder of the Ladies boat club. Paddy has coached novice crews and ensured successful development of fresher oarsmen for over 30 years. Andy and Paddy were recently inducted into the Queens Rowing roll of honour in recognition of the efforts and kindness to Queens Rowing. 

Recently a number of alumni, led by Mr Gareth Ingram and Mr Enda Marron, purchased a boat for the men’s club. The boat, a coxless pair, was named ‘The Paddy D’ in recognition of Dr Paddy Doherty at a ceremony in Queens Boat House.