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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

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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.

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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

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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! 

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BUCS HORR 2018 - Day 2 Update

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After a day of fantastic success in Newcastle and with great news coming from Irish trials in Cork, with Miles Taylor coming first in the Men's U23 LWT 2X, the crews descended on Tyne United BC this morning eagre to get going.

This morning's sessions saw the Intermediate Ladies 8+ in action as well as a Novice 8+ entered to cut their teeth against a higher standard of opposition. The Novice Ladies excelled themselves over a longer distance than the Novice races, coming 25th, ahead of more than 15 Intermediate crews. A fantastic result for the ladies building on their gold from yesterday in the Novice category.

The Intermediate Ladies posted a fantastic time of 16.20.4, placing 6th overall in a highly competitive field of 43 crews. For a squad of ten athletes, this is an exceptional result.

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Next came the Men's fours and quads. Championship Lightweight 4- posted a time of 15.50.7 and the Intermediate B 4+ posted 17.16.5. The Intermediate A 4+ turned heads with a fantastic race in tricky conditions, coming 5th in a field of over 30 boats. A fantastic result to camp off the morning's racing.

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As conditions continue to deteriorate, the races have been shortened from 5km to 3km for the afternoon and the race schedule has been readjusted. Updates will continue to be posted on here as the day continues or can be followed live at the Row Results live feed

Lagan Scullers Head of the River 2018

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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.

Winter Sprints 2017

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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.

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 Recruitment 2017

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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.