St Mary's College Boat Club

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St Mary's College Boat Club
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Location St Chad's College Boat House and Clive's Boat House
Home water River Wear, Durham
Founded 1926 (1926)
Membership 40
Affiliations British Rowing,[1] St Mary's College
Website SMCBC Website

St Mary's College Boat Club (SMCBC) is the rowing club of St Mary's College at Durham University in the North East of England. The club has over 40 members and shares its boathouse with St Chad's College Boat Club on the banks of the River Wear.[2] The club competes at a regional and college level throughout the year.


SMCBC Men's 1st IV against Hild Bede Boat Club at Durham Regatta 2011

Members are taken from the students at St Mary's College and any member of the JCR or MCR are allowed to join. Any other members of Durham University are permitted to join with the permission of the current President.

A subscription fee is charged by the club, and this goes towards the upkeep of boats, payment for trailering and the purchase of spare parts.

Club Structure[edit]

The club is run by an executive committee, elected in the final few weeks of the Epiphany term. The committee runs the club for one year and is responsible for every aspect of the club. The club is currently sponsored by St Mary's College Society, North East Rowing and Linklaters.


The club competes in both head races in the winter season and regattas throughout the summer. The club has competed in the following events in the past few years.

SMCBC Women's 1st IV (left) racing on the River Wear

International events

Regional events

  • Durham Regatta
  • Durham City Regatta
  • Durham Small Boats Head
  • Hexham Regatta
  • Rutherford Head
  • Tees Small Boats Head
  • Tyne Regatta
  • Tyne Head
  • York Regatta
  • York Small Boats Head

College events


The Club owns one eight (8+) (Philly G), five coxed fours (4+) (Graham Booth, Nicky, Purple Haze, Femme Fatale and Mary Rose) and one double scull (2x) (Tigger).

Both the Men's and Women's 1st VIIIs train and compete in Philly G, whilst the Men's and Women's 1st and 2nd IVs train and race mainly in Graham Booth and Nicky. The remaining 4+s are used by the rest of the Men's and Women's squads to train and race in. The club's double scull, Tigger, can be rented out by other clubs by agreement with SMCBC's President.


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