The Trinity College VIII is a light-hearted account of how the 1977 Dublin University Boat Club raced the best university crews in the world in an attempt to win the cherished Ladies Plate at the Royal Henley Regatta – almost exactly 100 years after their last win at the prestigious event.
Trinity College Dublin has a rich academic and sporting history, and similarly has produced talented undergraduates with mischievous minds and a healthy disregard for establishment rules.In The Trinity College VIII the two fuse together perfectly.
Author and crew member David Hickey describes their prowess on the water and misadventures on land, from his awkward meeting with an Egyptian General who he told to f**k off on the telephone, to the explosive results one gets when trying to open a beer keg in the bath tub without the proper tools.
But Hickey also takes an in-depth look at the reality of competitive rowing. He describes what actually happens in a race, what it feels like in the boat, the tactics involved and choices that have to be made. He also explains why he and his teammates were willing to spend the many gruelling hours of training required in order to be competitive. Above all, The Trinity College VIII is a story of discipline, camaraderie, fitness, self-belief, teamwork, student antics and hard work as seen by one Trinity College undergraduate who joined the Boat Club to pursue the Ladies.
About the Author
David Hickey was born and educated in Ireland. Following a degree in Business Studies (and rowing) at Trinity College Dublin, he subsequently qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG. Currently, when not driving one of his ancient motor cars or falling out of his sculling boat, he can be found getting in the way of the smooth running of three companies located in the UK and Ireland, where he is either chairman or a significant investor. He lives in Wimbledon.
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Author Hickey, David Editor No Print Format Paperback ISBN-10 No ISBN-13 9781838359362 Illustrations 40 colour photographs Date of Publication September 2, 2021 Number of Pages 256