Downing entered two crews in Boston's 50th Head of the Charles race – see race reports, below.
Segs: It was brilliant. Credit must surely go most of all to the two Ians, one of whom [Ian Schmertzler] steered and cheered us down the course with truly amazing skill, the other of whom [Ian Watson] kept us all fighting until the last metre had been covered. My thanks go, too, to Jon Hickey and Pete Forester, the Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee of 6 and 5, the golden oldies in 4 and 3, Rory Ross and Paul Hatfield, and my fellow young'uns, Sam Glynn and Edward Chalklen, bringing us home in the bows. Sure, we weren't entered in the Championship event, but we were undoubtedly counted among the many 'Great Eights' that rowed this year's Head of the Charles. Mike Whetnall
W1: The first Downing women's crew to row the Head of the Charles had an absolutely fantastic experience! Huge thanks for his very generous funding to Paul Hatfield who, with the immense help of Gabrielle in the Alumni & Development Office, ensured that the trip was such a success. The conditions were great on the day, with only a slight head wind round the last turn and the race went very well. To huge cheers from the crowd (thanks to all of those who were out there to support us!), we maintained our speed until the line, where we finished in 20th place with a time of 19:54. As all other crews in the Division were University crews, we were very pleased with our position. Jess Stewart