Darwin College Boat Club 50th Anniversary

Darwin College Boat Club celebrates its 50 Anniversary this year. Join us for a day of celebrations on Saturday 6th July!  

Saturday 6th July 1pm-Late: We are organising a full day of events to celebrate the 50 Anniversary of the Boat Club.  THIS EVENT IS FULL AND WE ARE OPERATING A WAITING LIST, please email us if you would like to be added to this list.

 The highlights are:                                                                                                                                 

  Barbeque lunch at Pembroke Boat House from 1pm. Children are welcome.
  Go rowing!  You can take part in a race on the Cam, or go for a more sedate paddle...

  Exhibition '50 Years of the Darwin College Boat Club' curated by Elisabeth Leedham-Green
  and Carol Williams - in the Old Library.

  The Anniversary Boat Club Dinner in the Hall. 7pm drinks, 7:30 dinner.
  Dress code: Black tie/Blazers or equivalent. 


  Plus, help us celebrate by enjoying a slice of our 50 Anniversary cake

  Party with live music by 'Invasive Species', a band comprised of scientists
  from the CRUK Cambridge Institute.


  Drinks in DarBar



The cost for the whole day is £40 per person and you are welcome to attend all or part of the day. Children are welcome at the barbecue, under 12s are free and for under 18s the charge will be £5.00 per head.  

The college has a limited number of guest rooms available for alumni. If you would like to book a guest room, we suggest that you do so as early as possible by emailing the Alumni Relations Team.

Sunday 7th July 2.00- 4.00pm:

Extend your weekend by attending the Darwin College Alumni Garden Party

Alumni, partners and children are invited to the Alumni Garden Party which will be held in our beautiful College gardens - weather permitting.  There will be a games section for children including Giant Jenga and Connect Four.  This event is free of charge, but we ask that you sign-up by Friday 28th June so that we can cater appropriately. Please note that there is limited capacity for this event and a waiting list will be operation if we reach full capacity.  Book securely here.

Limited Edition DCBC Anniversary Kit

DCBC have a selection of unique limited edition Anniversary Kit for sale. PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE TO ORDER KIT IS NOW CLOSED.

All stock will be made to order and will be available for you to collect (and wear, if you are so inclined) on the day. If you can't make the day, don't worry, we will post your order to you. The kit available is itemised below, click on the item you are interested in to see the design. The Rugby shirt and T-shirt can be personalised with your name or initials and the year you rowed.


All in One £48.00
Zephyr rowing top £36.00
Rugby shirt £30.00
T-shirt £15.00
DCBC Silk Tie  £25.00
Cap £12.00
Tote Bag £10.00


XXS: 27"-29" XXS: 6
XS: 30"-32" XS: 8 
S: 33"-35" S: 10
M: 36"-38" M: 12
L: 39"-41" L: 14
XL: 42"-44" XL: 16
2XL: 45"-47" 2XL: 18

Limited Edition DCBC Anniversary Drinkware
In addition to the above you can also purchase a DCBC limited edition 60cl shot glass at a cost of £7.50 per item or 0.5L tankard at a cost of £12.00 per item.  Again this is made to order and will either be available on the day or can be posted to you. Please note, although the items will be wrapped extremely well, due to the delicate nature of the products these items are posted at your risk.  Both items can be purchased here.

Donate to the Boat Club    

Please consider marking the anniversary by making a donation to DCBC.  

Darwin College Boat Club offers students the opportunity to learn to row, to train, and to race, all at a low enough cost that no-one is deterred from taking part.  As well as maintaining physical fitness, rowing is an excellent antidote to the stresses of academic work.  It also helps develop good time management, teamwork and interpersonal skills that are powerful assets for life in and beyond Cambridge.

To mark the Anniversary, we are encouraging alumni to support the club.  Your support will enable DCBC to maintain and renew its equipment, and to ensure that the Club stays in excellent form for the next 50 years!

All donations, small or large, are valuable to the Club, but if you can give on a regular basis this will help the DCBC to plan ahead and, importantly, also enable the committee to have an amount set aside for unforeseen emergencies. Donate here or download this form.


Some items are inexpensive. For example, £40 would pay for a crew to have a session in the Cambridge Rowing Tank. Some items of equipment are more expensive – for example, a new set of blades would cost around £3,500, and new boats start at £21,000.  Both of these are generally saved up for over several years. Our Development Director, Sam Venn, would be very glad to discuss with you the possibility of making a major donation towards the cost of our next new boat.


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