Boat Club

Boat Club is the college’s rowing team, made up of men’s and women’s crews of all abilities. Whether you’ve rowed for years or are completely new to the sport, we’d love to welcome you into SCCBC!

Holding a boat above the river

Every year we take complete beginners and teach them to row, ready to compete against the other colleges in Novice Cup. Last year, five of our novice women were part of our Women’s VIII who won tankards at Durham Regatta. An incredible achievement for novices who only stepped into a boat for the first-time last October!

Boat in water

Our senior squad is also thriving, with crews aiming to race at WeHORR and HORR this year. With our two brand new fours, kindly donated by alumni and dedicated crews to fill them, we are set for a very exciting season! If you have previous rowing experience, please feel free to get in touch with one of our captains to find out more.

Boat club members stood together

We will be at the Fresher’s Fair and invite anyone who is keen to learn to row or cox to give this fantastic sport a go! Equally, if you already have experience then you can carry on your favourite sport here in a supportive, competitive, and social environment.

Executive Committee

Rachael O'Connor

Boat Club Captain

E-mail: rachael.f.o'

My role as Club Captain involves overseeing the smooth running of our Boat Club. I coordinate a fantastic exec who help me ensure that our members get the best out of rowing at Chad's. From coxing our novices to liaising with other Boat Clubs, there's so much to get involved in with this rewarding role. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about SCCBC, I'm always more than happy to help!

Anna Gray

Women's Captain


As Women's Captain, it's my role to coordinate the women's squad, organising outings and competitions for both novices and our growing senior squad. There's something for everyone at Chad's, whether you want to be part of racing crews or just have the occasional chilled outing. Feel free to drop me a message if you're an experienced rower wanting to carry on at Durham or if you're a novice with any questions.

Ben Rainbow

Men's Captain


As Men's Captain it's my role to organise the male rowers, including myself. This involves finding outing times for crews and making sure that they have a fun and productive outing. I also ensure that they understand what the Boat Club expects of them and that they follow that. At the end of the last academic year Chad's men had an incredibly impressive season with three 2nd place finishes and one semi-final finish which should have been a win but due to a broken rudder they did not make it to form a Chad’s Vs Chad’s final. 

Megan Jagolinzer

Captain of Coxes


As Captain of Coxes, my role includes training new coxes and ensuring that every outing has a cox. Drop me a message if you're interested in coxing, with or without previous experience!

Emma Sherburn



The task of getting rowers and coxes to pay their dues to this lovely Club is a never ending task and takes up the majority of my time in this role. However, I do also get the task of budgeting for Winter Ball, trying to get it on or under budget, and I get the final say on where the money in the Club gets spent.

George Peat



I'm in charge of the general maintenance and repair of the boats.

Issy Lyon-Maris

Sponsorship and Alumni Officer


My role as Alumni Officer involves working alongside college’s Alumni Relations Director to nurture the newly founded Green and Gold Association – SCCBC’s alumni network. We will be working together to put on events for the alumni and current students, as well as organise the next Green and Gold Association dinner to be held June 2019. Feel free to drop me an email if you are interested in knowing more about our Boat Club alumni network!

Celine Kart



As SCCBC Secretary I take minutes for our meetings, order our stash and organise anything else I can help Rachael with. For me, rowing is about college spirit, teamwork and enjoying yourself. I never rowed before university, but it’s been a pivotal part of my uni and college life. (Yeaaaah rowing) Feel free to ask me anything at all, rowing or unrelated (I do like other things).

Olivian Wong

Water Safety Officer


As Social Secretary, my job is to ensure that, in between gruelling training sessions and hours on the River Wear, any and everyone in Boat Club has fun! My remit includes organising regular socials and the annual Boat Club Winter Ball to make sure everyone gets the chance for some bonding on dry land and to create a happy and cohesive Boat Club. 

Frances Rigby

Social Secretary


As Social Secretary, I'm responsible for making sure that Boat Club is fun! (Not that hours on the River Wear in the freezing cold aren't fun...) My job involves organising regular socials, the annual Boat Club Winter Ball and generally ensuring that Boat Club is welcoming and enjoyable to be part of.