Want to try out something new this year? Head on down to our stall at the QUB Freshers’ Fair on the 27th of September and we’ll tell you exactly why you should try rowing at Queen’s! All are welcome so don’t be shy, come and chat to us! To take a look at exactly what we got up to last year check out our video below! #QUBLBC #QUBBringMore#LoveQUB #LoveQUBSports @fintru_ltd
On the 25th March, we welcomed crews from Zen, House of Zen, MKB Law and Bridge Commercials for a corporate fun day.
The day kicked off with introductions to the boathouse and the equipment, followed by a coached session on the water. The weather was kind to us and for the first time in seemed an age, the Lagan was drenched in sunshine.
Having been coached through the basics and with all crews rowing as one, we broke for refreshments ahead of an afternoon of racing.
The races took the form of quick sprints, from the Governor's Bridge back to the pontoon. The crew from Bridge Commercial were victorious in the end.
Our thanks go to all the teams for coming down and giving rowing a try as well as to Eddie Fung for providing prizes and food on the day.
We're immensely grateful for the generous support from all four businesses to Queen's Rowing. Their generosity will help us to achieve more on the water and we hope to welcome them back in the future.
Now an annual event, the Winter Sprints offer the Novices another chance to gain some valuable race experience. Having won it the last two years, the Novices were keen to renew the rivalry with Trinity and keep the trophy up North for another year.
The day itself provided near-perfect water conditions and as the crews took it in turns to make their way down to the start line at Belfast Boat Club, the results began to roll in. A crowd had amassed at the finish line near the Queen's pontoon and they were treated to a number of incredibly close races.
Overall, Trinity men put in a very strong performance to win their races 5-2, leaving it to the Queen's Ladies to win all but one of their races and ensure that Queen's came out top on the day.
We'd like to extend our warmest thanks to DUBC and DULBC for making the journey up and for a great day's racing.
On Sunday the 19th of November, the Novice men descended upon the boathouse to take part in the fêted and fabled Tub Champs. A first chance at silverware, but more importantly a chance to write themselves into history of this fine club. Names were taken, and entered into a hat. As pairs were drawn, and the races populated, a few favourite crews were apparent. And in true Tub Champs style, they all got knocked out in the first round.
In the end, after some questionable coxing, jettisoned riggers and uncooperative slides, the final was contested by the quiet and unassuming crews of Alex Hill and Keelan Logan vs Bailey Gribben and Ben Forrest.
Both crews rowed their best race of the day but with Ben setting a steady rhythm and Bailey providing the horsepower, they were able to take the final race right at the line, to become the 2017 Tub Champions.
Unable to compete at Bann Head, the Novices had their own Mini-Head on the Lagan. Training hard over the last few months, they were keen to finally cut their teeth with a first race on the water. Conditions were kind, with little wind and a forgiving current, the stage was set for a little bit of inter-squad competition, giving context to all they had learnt thus far and offering the Novice coxes a chance to take charge.
Marshalled at the Waterfront and set off at ten second intervals, the crews embarked on a 3km slog down the river. Driven on by the coxes and fighting off pursuing boats, through gritted teeth the crews battled down the river.
Despite the occasional crab, all crews rowed well under pressure, maintained their composure and made their way down the river in good time. With their first race under their belts, focus now turns to the BUCS Indoor 1kms on 18th November with the Men's Tub Champs following on Sunday 19th November.
As a new season dawns, the focus of both clubs turned to Novice recruitment. Novice rowing has long been the lifeblood of Queen's Rowing and we set about recruiting a new intake with renewed vigour, keen to build upon last year's Novice successes.
Fresher's Week began and arrived at the Lanyon Building, with boat, blades and trestles in tow. From there we spread out all over campus, seeking out enthusiastic people keen to try something new, something brilliant. Interest was strong among the fresh faced new students. As the week went on the weather began to conspire against us but with an ever-swelling list of interested recruits we retreated to the boathouse to make plans for the Fresher's Fair.
A more targeted event, with a captive audience, the Fresher's Fair is an essential day in the recruitment stage of the season. With all Clubs and Societies on display, it's an opportunity to present Queen's Rowing as the professional and prestigious outfit it is known to be. With medals, trophies and our promo video on display, and this time protected from the elements, we once again descended upon the Fair in numbers.
As the day the progressed, the sign-up sheet grew longer, and as the crowds peaked we averaged one new recruit every minute. This was a fantastic display of both clubs at their very best, with never fewer than 20 members espousing with genuine affection and enthusiasm the virtues of not only rowing but of Queen's Rowing itself. In doing so we were able to more than double our number of signups in one day alone, a fantastic achievement and hopefully a good omen for the season to come.
Exhausted but content with another successful recruitment drive, we packed up our stall and began to make plans for the first taster sessions. With more recruits than we dared to hope for, the emphasis now shifted to giving them a first taste of Queen's Rowing and giving them a great start to their rowing careers.
Last year Queens lost Phil Costen to Warwick University, one of our most invaluable and dedicated coaches of recent times, a man who was awarded Queens Sport Coach of the Year 2016 in celebration of his efforts, Costies Composite Championships was created
Hello from Belfast!
After unloading the boats and putting them back in the boathouse ready for the start of next season, we can bring you the final update from our Irish Championships weekend.
Good Evening from day 2 of Irish Championships 2017!
Good afternoon from the 1st day of Irish Championships 2017!