Lent Bumps 2015: Heroic efforts award M1 and W1 blades!

 Darwin College Boat Club stepped up to the plate for this Lent Bumps series 2015.

A huge congratulations to both our first men and women’s first crews as M1 and W1 were rightfully awarded blades!!

M1 wrapped up DCBC’s achievements by bumping First and Third M2 under the roaring encouragements of Grassy corner spectators. Just before W1 bumped Lady Margaret W2 and a mixture of relief, joy and disbelief of what had just been achieved washed over our beloved old ladies of Silver Street. Age is relative. Victory is not.

The W2 girls claimed back their rightful position as they bumped St Catherine W3 just after the motor way bridge. This novice crew rowed home proud knowing that bumping three out of four days was a solid result.

Our M2 crew wasn’t so lucky but were equally present during the evening celebrations and DCBC is confident in their potential.


A huge thank you to those who came to bank party and who encouraged our crews both from the river banks and internationally. The invaluable support will always be appreciated. The bright blue yellow-crested uni-suit has risen in fame!


Ala, our M1 cox, holds the gargantuan Darwin flag and claims blades!


M1 in their final chase before they bump First and Third M2 on Grassy Corner!


Former rower and W1 cox, Christina, holds high the Darwin flag as the W1 women realise they’ve won blades!


W1 rowing home proud.



W2 displaying their victory foliage


Last day and W2 rows home with three bumps out of 4!


Now, I have one last thing to say…

Bring on May Bumps 2015!

Lent Bumps 2015: M1 and W1 score a hatrick

Darwin continue to climb the Bumps chart as M1 and W1 bump their respective crews yet again!

DCBC showed a spectacular performance in the sun!

W2, covered in war paint, bumped Murray Edwards W3 just after the motorway bridge. M2 were bumped by Wolfson M2 but our M2 cox, Becki, assured us “we put up a very strong race!”.

Darwin W2 get a special feature @camfm972

Darwin W2 get a special feature @camfm972

Onto our first crews! W1 bumped Newnham W2 before Grassy corner and M1 bumped Queens’ M2 before First Post!

W1 hold up three victorious digits!

W1 hold up three victorious digits!


Follow the final Lent Bumps action tomorrow on CamFM and cheer on our Darwin crews.


Lent Bumps 2015: Halfway Point

DCBC is displaying some tremendously strong potential for the Lent Bumps 2015. We started off by qualifying two novice crews for Lent Bumps (M2 and W2) on the Getting On Race last Friday 20th of February. One of our dear Darwin fellows congratulated us on this achievement, stating that Darwin had rarely entered this many crews for Lent Bumps!

Day 1 was welcomed with unexpected warm weather and sunshine. W2 didn’t lose any time and swiftly bumped Clare Hall before the motorway bridge. M2 were cheered on by some of our Darwinian supporters and rowed over. Corpus Christi were clearly having a bad day, which turned into Darwin’s advantage as both W1 and M1 bumped the respective Corpus crews!

M2 glisten in the sun as they row over

M2 glisten in the sun as they row over

M1 carries their invaluable cox celebrating bump 1 out of 4

M1 carries their invaluable cox celebrating bump 1 out of 4

W2, consisting of mainly novices, display their victory foliage

W2, consisting of mainly novices, display their victory foliage

W1 kicks off Bumps by bumping Corpus Christi down the chart

W1 kicks off Bumps by bumping Corpus Christi down the chart

Day 2 resumed in good old english drizzle. W2 chased St Catz and missed a second bump by a hair. M2 got bumped by Corpus Christi M2. The Darwin men and women’s first crews successfully bumped for a second time! W1 bumped Robinson W1 and M1 bumped Sidney Sussex M1! Day by day, Darwin is gaining on the infamous Lent Bumps chart.



Stay tuned with CamFM for live updates on the final two days of bumps.

Show your support by browsing our Darwin College Boat Club Facebook Page.

Happy Lent Bumps everyone!

Tragedy has befallen our beloved Chester White

DCBC regrettably announces a traumatising event. Our cherished M1 boat, Chester White, was skewered and greatly damaged this very morning on an outing by Kings College Boat Club.

Thankfully, rowers and cox are all safe and unharmed.

We would like to thank Caius, Girton and Wolfson for offering help and potential spare boats right away.

We are hoping for a rapid substitution for Lent Bumps and we welcome any offers or suggestions from the Cambridge rowing community for replacing our poor and beloved boat.

Yours truly,
A traumatised and saddened DCBC


M1 crew gives an ode to good old Chester

M1 crew gives an ode to good old Chester

Our poor Chester

Our poor Chester

Clare Novice and Fairbairns Extravaganza 2014


Another couple of 800m in the legs! Everyone made it to the quarter finals and Darwin College Boat Club is beaming. The novice crews can only excel from now on.

Our lovely cox Ala Alenazi and novice rower Owen Burbidge captured some beautiful shots of the races and we’re all delighted to show off our crews on social media. Your talents are well appreciated!




Next up was Fairbairns Cup, spanning over 2k for the novice crews and over 4k for the senior crews!  Our novices stepped up to plate without fail and here are the results:

  • Darwin NM1 – 6th with 10:35.8
  • Darwin NW1 – 14th with 12:41.0
  • Darwin NM2 – 17th with 12:34.0
  • Darwin M1 – 30th with 16:13.0
  • Darwin W1 – 22nd with 18:35.1


More photographs of Fairbairns can be found here: https://jetphotographic.com/browsecat.php?id=10231

DCBC would like to wish everyone a happy holiday and sincerely hopes that you all enjoyed your time on the river, whether it be the first time you touched an oar or if you’re a old-timer passionate.

Boatie love,

First Novice Race of Term: Emma Sprints

Following our excellent results from Queens Ergs (NM1 first place and NMW2 second place with a strong performance from our NM2, NM3 and NW2 crews), Darwin College Boat Club is announcing details for the first race of Michaelmas!

This Sunday 23rd of November will mark the first novice race of term: Emma Sprints.

This race focuses on the spirit of the competition rather than the end result (but we all know Darwin is going to come on top). It’s a themed race and a prize will be awarded to the crew with the best costume! So, let your inspiration evolve!

Darwin is fielding three novice men crews and two novice women crews.

Click here http://ebc.soc.srcf.net/sprints/draw-and-live-results/ to find out when each team is rowing. Marshalling times indicate when each race begins. Live-updates will be available on the day of the race.

The Divisions will race at the following times, with marshalling times in brackets:

  • Darwin NM3 – 9:25am (09:10am)
  • Darwin NW2 – 10:50am (10:35am)
  • Darwin NM2 – 12:15pm (12:00pm)
  • Darwin NW1 – 1:40pm (01:25pm)
  • Darwin NM1 – 03:05pm (02:50pm)

Race trajectory map


Emma Sprints Trajectory

Furthermore, Emma college is hosting an event in the evening of the Sprints where cocktails, live jazz and fun people will be available for your enjoyment. All are welcome! Click herehttp://ebc.soc.srcf.net/sprints/emma-cocktails/ for more info.

Best of luck to all our teams and see you all on the river!

Join DCBC and come to our pub crawl!

The freshers’ weeks are over and DCBC recruitment is well on its way. A number of novices have signed up and already had a taster on the water as well as some training on the ergs. If you have not signed up yet do not despair, the second taster day with DCBC will take place this coming Saturday, October 18! If you would like to give it a go but haven’t signed up yet, do so now! Right here:

The taster day will be followed by a Pub Crawl at 8pm, starting from the Porter’s lodge at Darwin. The schedule is as follows:

1. The Free Press
2. The Elm Tree
3. Clarendon Arms
4. Champion of the Thames
5. St Radegrund
6. The Maypole
7. ADC Bar
8. Dangerspoons (where all great nights end)

DCBC old and new, come and join :) 


Novice Recruitment 2014/2015

Dear novices,

Darwin College Boat Club is starting our campaign of recruiting new rowers for the 2014/2015 academic year!

You don’t have to be athletic or have rowed previously to be a member, as the Captains will match your training schedule to the sporting ability and time availability. Even if you aren’t interested in the training, you can still make an absolutely vital contribution to the club as a coxswain. The cox steers the boat, motivates the crew and expects the rowers to follow his or her commands absolutely!

With a strong progression over the last years, the club is one of the most successful graduate rowing clubs in Cambridge. Darwin rowers train throughout the academic year and participate in numerous races each term. The main events however are Lent bumps (in March), and May bumps (in June). In 2014, Darwin was the third most successful college overall, with two crews winning blades! Putting rowing aside, we regularly get together as a club for garden parties, BBQ’s, pub drinking sessions, fundraising events and generally ‘boatie’ fun laughter and banter to re-live the moments of success, bad-luck and amusing encounters.


If you are eager to join our rowing crew either as a rower, coach, or cox, sign up using our online sign up form.

Please feel free to contact the women’s captain Ariana Phillips (Darwin.women@cucbc.org) and the men’s captain Laurens Geffert (Darwin.men@cucbc.org). Talk to us at the bar, find us at the Darwin society fair on the 6th of October, and don’t miss our novice taster day on the 18th of October!

Dates to keep in mind:

October 6 – Darwin Societies Fair – come down to the Darwin Common Room to meet us and talk to us in person about what rowing is all about!

October 18 – Novice Taster Day – come down to the boat house to try out rowing for the first time! Whether you’re curious, interested, or simply wanna do it out of banter, do come join!

There are also positions available on our DCBC Committee, do contact us for more information!

Looking forward to hearing from you! :)

And if you are uncertain, well here’s a little video to get you interested ;) 

DCBC Summer Rowing Camp 2014!

Ever wanted to learn to row? Fancy sharpening up your skills on the water? Whether you are a beginner or a pro, join us for a fun two weeks of rowing, plus a barbecue and a pub crawl!

Sessions will run from 27 July through 9 August in both the mornings and the evenings. £5 will get you a place in the outings and cover costs for the barbecue.

Sign up available HERE! or you can join on the events page on Facebook!

Come and join in on the fun :D


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