Queens Rowing

Row with us for Queen's University Belfast!

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

Irish University Championships 2018


Hello from the National Rowing Centre! Crews have arrived and began to build boats ahead of a busy day of racing. Conditions are perfect, with no wind and not so much as a ripple across the water's surface.


With crews entered in most races throughout the day, it'll be a busy and hopefully successful day for Queen's Rowing. Results will be posted throughout the day but can be viewed along with the Race Draw at https://www.rowingireland.ie/regattas/418/events/

Enniskillen Training Camp


At the beginning of the Easter holidays, Queen's Rowing Novice men and women travelled to Enniskillen for an intensive training camp in preparation for regatta season.  

Over the course of the training camp we got the true Enniskillen experience with some beautiful and some not so beautiful weather! But nonetheless, Queen's Rowing powered through their training and made some serious gains on the water. 

With all that training, however, rest and recovery is vital...

Queen's Rowing would like to say a huge thank you to Enniskillen Royal Boat Club for hosting and allowing us access to their outstanding facilities. Queen's Rowing Novices are ready to dominate in Britain and Ireland this regatta season. Lets bring the goods back to Belfast! 


Queen's Rowing Take London

Hi all! I'm Nathan and I've recently taken over as one of the PR officers for Queen's Rowing. I'm a first year student studying PPE and part of this year's contingent of Novice men. For my first post, I'd like to share some pictures from the day before HORR 2018.  

Queen's Rowers jumped on some Boris Bikes and explored what London had to offer us. The weekend was an amazing experience for everyone on and off the water. Regatta season here we come!

BUCS Head 2018


After a long ( and seemingly never-ending!) Winter of training the first big race of the season is upon us. Over the weekend both clubs will be in competing at BUCS head against the the best UK Universities have to offer.

On Saturday 24th Feb, Novices Ladies and Men are in action, with two 8+s and one 4+ from each club being entered, offering them a chance to cut their teeth at a competitive level for the first time. Sunday 25th sees the Intermediate squad in action, with 2 x 8+s and 3 x 4+s in competition.

With the trailers packed on Thursday evening, and final preparations complete, all that remains is to take to the Tyne and leave everything on the water. The squads have put in some serious mileage over the Winter, with unwavering commitment and grit, and Saturday finally lets them put everything they've grafted for, to the test. Results will be posted on here over the weekend and I'm sure you'll join me in wishing them all the best in their quest to bring home the medals.

Lagan Scullers Head of the River 2018


Congratulations to our very own Michael McNamee winning fastest sculler at the annual Lagan Scullers Head of the River. Michael held off stiff competition to come top of the Senior 1X category with a time of 13.53.2. Michael represented Ireland last summer at the Home Internationals and continues to go from strength to strength.

Michael joined by Katie Shirlow from Bann RC, as fastest Men's and Women's Scullers. 

Michael joined by Katie Shirlow from Bann RC, as fastest Men's and Women's Scullers. 

Next up, BUCS Head in Newcastle on 24th-25th of February with more than 15 crews in competition against the very best that UK Universities have to offer.

December Update

Happy New Year from all at Queen’s Rowing! Our athletes took the well-deserved time to rest and fuel up bodies (more so in some cases!) and are now back at training, hitting the ground running!

Last semester we welcomed in our new batch of Novices. The recruits spent their winter training enjoying the annual events of Tub champs and Winter Sprints against Trinity College Dublin as well as the social side of the clubs annual dinners. The dinners are a great chance to get together wearing something other than training kit and meet alumni rowers, have a good feed and win some prizes in the raffle! We are pleased to have so many Novices with us in the new year and look forward to sending them to their first events to represent the club and university in the coming months. Thank you to the marvellous Novice managers for supporting and organising the novices, and we hope they will go on to do you proud!

The final event of 2017, of course was the Lagan Festive head. The Men’s club entered a Senior 8+ with a time of 9.52.1 and an Intermediate 8+ with a time of 10.22.3 finishing 1st and 2nd respectively. Also entered were 4 Novice 8+’s with the best results 7th and 13th, as well as an Intermediate 2X- finishing 17th and Intermediate 1X of Caolan Baldwin finishing 34th.

On the 23rd December Queens Rowing held a bag pack fundraising event in collective with the NI Childrens Hospice. We raised £1770.88 to be split 50:50 between the charity and the club. Thank-you to all our volunteers and to all those who donated!

To kick start the new year, all Queens athletes took part in an intense training camp. Whilst the EAP athletes ventured of to Seville in Spain for the good, warm conditions, the majority of the club stayed to face some stormy conditions on the Lagan. However, neither the weather or amount of training sessions fazed the Queens athletes, as we spent the final session of each day mixing boats with the Senior and Novice athletes. We feel this is a very important exercise to help the teams bond, as well as give our novices an idea of the skill level they should be aiming for. However, when the seniors encouraged a 19 minute piece to ‘accidentally’ become a 25 minute piece, our Novices really got to know what a head race may be like!

We look forward to updating you soon on January’s highlights.

Men's Tub Champs 2017

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.

Jack Lafferty tries his hand at Coxing for the first, and hopefully last, time.

Jack Lafferty tries his hand at Coxing for the first, and hopefully last, time.

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.

2017 Tub Champions Bailey Gribben and Ben Forrest

2017 Tub Champions Bailey Gribben and Ben Forrest

Novice 1kms

A busy weekend for the Novice squad as they faced their first Erg test on Saturday morning. As part of the BUCS Indoors, the Novices undertook a 1km piece on the ergs. The stage was set up in the PEC and things kicked off at 9am with the first set of participants. With a thorough warm-up under the command of Ewan Murray and James Cooke complete, they were called to front-stops and after a moment of deafening silence, they were unleashed.

As the morning ran on, Women and Men alike posted strong scores, amid anguished faces and determined cries. Roared on by the rest of their squad, one by one they reached the end. With a mixture of relief and lactic acid, the atmosphere was buoyant. Not only were the scores strong but each Novice now had a marker for themselves to surpass in the near future.



In the spirit of inclusion, the coxes also joined in to cap off a morning of graft, taking part in their own 500m competition. Experience proved decisive as Ed Wilson came out narrowly on top.

Lisle Halkett left nothing in the tank

Lisle Halkett left nothing in the tank

Congratulations go to Jayne Mulhall and Lisle Halkett for coming top on the day with times of 3.40 and 3.06 respectively. Also congratulations to Kathryn Spinks-Dear, who was unable to take part on the day but subsequently pulled a fantastic time of 3.38, coming top of the Ladies squad overall.


We'd also like to take the opportunity to wish Novice Coach Niall Moore well as he undertakes his placement at PCEA Hospital, Kikuyu, Kenya. We eagerly await his return to the fold.

Novice Mini-Head


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.

Ed Wilson briefs the coxes

Ed Wilson briefs the coxes

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.