Rowing has been a sporting option at Inst since the 1950’s and Inst remains one of only 4 schools in Northern Ireland to offer the facilities which allow boys to participate in such an activity. Training takes place at the purpose-built Boat House in Stranmillis, South Belfast. The Inst Rowing Club offers a great opportunity to participate in this fun, energetic, outdoor team sport. The Club competes at events all over Ireland and the UK, including attending the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta.

Rowing - Festive Head of the River

On Saturday 17th December, RBAI BC took to the water to compete in The Festive Head, the first competitive Head of the River event of the year, with clubs from across Ulster descending to the Lagan to enjoy a more light-hearted and fun atmosphere with crews dressing up in festive attire.

With around 80 crews entered in total, RBAI performed very well, enjoying a number of strong performances across the sculls, pair doubles, quads and an eight.

Notable results included the RBAI/CGS composite J18 2x of Tim Lyons and Hugh Moore, J18 2x of James Emery and Morgan Lavery, alongside Daniel Lowry as the club’s fastest J18 sculler (1x).

It was also great to see some familiar faces at the boathouse with a number of old boys returning to the club to compete - the Men’s Senior 8+ finished in an impressive position.

Very well done to all of the crews who were entered and competed in this first event of the season.

A big thank you must go to Mr Archibald, Mr Warnock and all of the coaches for their continued support, as well as the ‘STERN’ parents who kindly provided much needed festive refreshments after the racing.

P J Bowman

RBAI Rowing Club Secretary






Rowing Ireland Trials – Results

Well done to Tim Lyons and Harry Hetherington for their participation in the Rowing Ireland Trials at Inniscarra, Cork over the weekend.  They were the only Junior male athletes from Ulster in attendance and showed themselves well in often difficult water.

Well done also to Rebecca Davison (RBAI classroom assistant) who performed well in her pair and four combinations and Instonian Chris Beck, who made the A final of the men’s single.

We look forward to seeing if any of our athletes receive an invitation to the next stage of the process.

Inst Rowers head to Cork for Rowing Ireland Trials

Harry Hetherington (yr 14) and Tim Lyons (yr 13) set off this morning for Inniscarra, Cork, to attend the 1st in this year’s Rowing Ireland series of trials.  This is the first time in 3 seasons that any Inst boys have reached this level and to have 2 going together is an indication of the hard work the boys and their coaches have been putting in over the past few years.

The competition will involve a series of races in singles and a double.  The boys have taken full advantage of one of the recent pair/double purchases by the School to test the “Vidar” against the best in Ireland and we look forward to seeing how they get on.

Updates and results should be available throughout the weekend on

A mention must also go to recently appointed rowing coach Rebecca Davison who is also attending the trials, representing Belfast Boat Club.

The RBAI Rowing Club wishes all three luck for the weekend.

Olympic Rowing Silver Medallist Q&A Session

Olympic Rowing Silver Medallist Richard Chambers is holding an evening in conjunction with the RBAI Rowing Club’s Stern Parents, on Wednesday 5th October from 7 to 9pm.  It will give those attending the opportunity to hear Richard’s story of how he, along with his brother Peter, became the first Rowing Olympic medallists from Northern Ireland and offer the chance to ask him a few questions at the open Q&A session.

Like the current rowers from RBAI, Richard started his rowing career as a schoolboy in Northern Ireland and since then has risen through the ranks of World Rowing to become a two-time World Champion, three-time Olympian and multiple World medallist.  During this talk he will offer an insight into what it really takes to go from training in Northern Ireland to beating the rest of the world and give a number of lessons which are applicable to any sport and many aspects of life.

The event is being held in Belfast Boat Club and will be followed, from 9pm to 11pm, by an informal opportunity for those attending to have some refreshments and enjoy a finger buffet.

The talk itself is priced at £5 for adults and free for under 18’s.  And if you would like to stay around for food afterwards that will be an additional £10.

If you would like more information or to book a place at either event please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rowing: At-Home Regatta

Tomorrow, Saturday 20th June 2015, will see the RBAI Rowing Club take to the water for the final time this season for the annual Inter-House races, along with some informal events.

The event will be held at the Lagan Scullers’ Club, Lockview Road, and will kick-off at 3pm.

There will be Racing in singles and doubles for the Inter-House competition, along with some Parent-Son racing in pairs, with a prize-giving and bbq to follow.

The event will be on until 5-30pm (…or after), so feel free to come down and support your House, the Rowers or simply grab a hotdog and enjoy a summer’s evening by the Lagan.