A Brief History of UMIST RC

UMIST Boat Club (as it was then called) was founded in November 1994 when UMIST changed its partnership with the University of Manchester and was required to establish independent sports teams from Manchester University. Prior to the foundation of UMIST Rowing Club, UMIST students used to compete as Manchester University, UMIST contributed about 20% of membership to the club.

The club initially hired equipment including “the coffin” used by the novice men. Good Action, the 1st boat owned by UMIST, was delivered in early 1995. It was named after the founding President and Captain, Matthew Acton and Nicholas Goody. This was the first year that UMIST RC appeared on the starting list at Head of the River Race.

1996 saw the club’s first race victory, at the 1996 BUSA (British University’s Sports Association) regatta in Men’s championship Double Sculls. The verdict was very easily, won by a row over in the straight final (1 no show, 1 no boat, 1 flu stricken).

The club’s first genuine race victory was the 1997 North of England Head by the Novice Women beating 18 other crews in their category. Later that year, a Men’s Novice 4+ won three regattas over the summer period.

UMIST RC prides itself on having produced the winning sculler in the Manchester Vs Salford University Boat race for at least 4 years despite never officially competing!

The 1998/9 season was the most successful in the club’s history with the Novice Men’s Eight winning heads at local, regional and national level. 1999 saw the Novice Men’s Eight win the Novice Pennant at The Head of the River Race 1999, thereby becoming the ‘fastest novice crew in the country!’. At the BUSA (British Universities Sporting Association) Championships, the club picked up bronze and silver medals, and for the first time, gained more points than Manchester University RC.

The 1999/2000 season was a season of consolidation for the club, as the men’s First VIII competed at a higher category and the club focused on developing depth in the squads. The season still saw the crews come away with notable wins at local and regional events.

UMIST has been on tour three times to date, once to sample the fine hospitality (and Guinness) of Ireland and Northern Ireland and twice to the Euroregate in the city of Lyon (France). The club has won runners up medals at the Euroregate in 1997 and came 4th in 1999.

In 2004, UMIST RC once again rowed as MUBC on the creation of the new University of Manchester.