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Durham University Boat Club named six new boats at the Henley Royal Regatta

(17 August 2021)

Durham University Boat Club named six new boats this weekend at the Henley Royal Regatta. The boats were purchased after the University received an incredibly generous donation from Goldman Sachs on behalf of alumnus and 1997 DUBC President, Ben Thorpe. The boats were named after notable alumni of the Boat Club during an intimate ceremony at Henley, which was well attended by past and present club members and coaching staff.

Building Success

The six boats are pairs and were built in Italy before being transported to the UK. These boats have been modelled on the GB boats that competed in Tokyo this summer and have historically brought success to the British rowing team throughout the years. They have been carefully selected to help our own athletes succeed on their international journey at Great Britain trials and help promote Durham’s image as the premier rowing University in the country.


Name Recognition

The boats will be named after Presidents and Vice Presidents from 1996 and 1997; Ben Thorpe, Claire Barker, Paul Hawkins, Steve Pemberton, Andy Gerber and their coach at the time Eric Halladay who lead the Boat Club for over 30 years. By naming the boats after such important club figures, DUBC wish to thank and recognise these individuals for all that they have given to Durham University rowing.


Head Coach Ian Shore said, “On behalf of the boat Club thank you to Ben Thorpe and Goldman Sachs for their donation. This is going to have a huge impact on our ability to compete at the very highest level.”


Looking to the Future

The boat club intends to purchase more boats in the coming years through a long-term and coordinated fundraising effort led by its student athletes.


More Information

If you would like to find out more information about how the crews got on at Henley click here.

You can also visit their webpage for details about the club itself.


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