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Thursday
Dec082016

LRC's Christmas stocking fillers!

Stuck for a Christmas present ?  Here is a selection of books for you.....

The Club’s history "Water Boiling Aft".  Written to mark the Club’s 150th anniversary in 2006.   Author: Christopher Dodd, LRC member and well-known rowing correspondent, journalist and author.  Published by the Club.  The book was very well reviewed and received at the time of publication.

Special price to Members £20 + p & p.  E-mail membership@londonrc.org.uk. Or call in to the Office in person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two other books by Chris Dodd, available either from the River & Rowing Museum bookshop (rrm.co.uk – shop – books, tel 01491 415600) or Richard Way Bookshop (54-56 Friday Street, Henley, 01491 576663):

“Bonnie Brave Boat Rowers: The Heroes, Seers and Songsters of the Tyne”

The Tyne produced champion oarsmen, innovative boat designers  and music hall songs to honour them for a hundred years. [It also produced the Club’s earliest rowing boats from 1856 onwards, including its twelve oars (one of which is now in the Members’ Room in the form of five bookcases !)] Paperback, £9.99.

 

“Pieces of Eight:  Bob Janousek and his Olympians”

Chris Dodd’s memoir of the coach and feisty crew who restored the country to the Olympic medal podium.  “A masterpiece” says Colin (Lord) Moynihan (LRC member and former international cox, 1978-81).  £20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s a book by another LRC member, Hugh Dulley (usually to be seen at the Met Regatta prize tent looking after trophies and dispensing winners’ medals), recently published:

“A Voyage to War: an Englishman’s Account of Hong Kong 1936-41”

Published by Unicorn Publishing. To order telephone 01892 871413 or contact lauren@unicornpublishing.org .  Special price £18.75 (25% off RRP).

Wednesday
Nov022016

"Tubby Bryant's" boat-naming party

Over 50 familiar faces and familiar names (among them, former Club Captains, Chairmen and Presidents) gathered at the Club on 6 October to christen an important piece of Club history and to salute three very important Club members. 

The evening, hosted by "The Irregulars", was organised to name the former Club Tub Pair -- built at Eton College in the late 1800s, used regularly by the Club for coaching in the 1920s and '30s, rescued from the scrap-heap back in the 1960s and generously donated back to the club to raise over £3,000 for the Gym Appeal by LRC member Owen "Tubby" Bryant. It was also an evening - long in the planning - to celebrate the contributions of Iain Laurenson, John Pearson and Rob van Mesdag to "The Irregulars" and to the Club over many years.

The Long Room was looking at its best - beautifully decked out by Olivia, Tom and the team. (They even managed an easyJet-style "turn-around" following a wedding lunch in the club, just before the dinner.) Our regular Irregulars chef, Serena Cottrell, did a fantastic job in the face of rather overwhelming numbers for dinner to serve up her usual delicious fare.

The first half of the evening was dedicated to naming "Tubby Bryant" and wishing her a new lease of life on the river with her new caretakers - a group of around 25 LRC members. We were delighted that Owen, aka "Tubby", was at the dinner along with his wife, Sally, Colin and Barbara Kester, Chris Sprague, Simon Rippon and club archivist Julian Ebsworth.

The second half of the evening was dedicated to three extraordinary club members and Irregular stalwarts -- Iain Laurenson (right), John Pearson (below) and Rob van Mesdag (left) -- who have been long-serving, loyal and generous members of the club and are a huge inspiration to the current Irregulars. Eddie Markes gave a speech and presented framed photographs of the trio (together with bow steer John Auber) taken on a recent outing on the Tideway with Hammersmith Bridge in the background. The photograph was taken and kindly donated by club member and photographer Mark Ruscoe who was driven in a launch by Dylan Wing.  Jacqui Grosch spoke from the heart (her own and all the hearts of the lady Irregulars) about these three well-loved and highly regarded men, most especially Iain Laurenson who has shown exceptional support from the earliest days.

We also discovered that the Irregulars have something of a poet-in-residence, in the form of Richard Cross, who at that moment, captured the evening by penning "Boat Naming", reproduced below.

A rather extraordinary evening.

London Rowing Club, Putney Embankment, 6th October, 2016

At the renaming of the club’s now and distinguished skiff, Tubby Bryant, a former ‘skip’,

And in celebration of the rowing careers to date of Messrs Laurenson, Pearson and van Mesdag, ‘Irregulars’...

 

Boat Naming

As ushers in the Tideway Thames, to feast

Our times, we gather here and toast our friends

That e’er rowed oar, with renamed skiff from past

And Eton,“Tubs”.  Her subtle, lithe-long line

Lies darkly this October night, offsets

Less brazen craft; her varnished flanks, time-worn,

Cry out our throng “restore my innocence”

And “tell not whom as crew, nor cox, I’ve borne!”

 

For she had taken much and many’a stroke

Of Fortune, next the banks of Father Thames;

For upstream many’a ‘blade’ she’d wily coached

To nuptials all downstream; her sturdy frames,

Enigma, rode all tide and ran the flood,

The torpid ‘swells’, even, by Hammersmith.

Thursday
Dec102015

LRC Annual Dinner 2016

There was a full house at LRC for the Club's Annual Dinner on Friday 29 January 2016.

Our guest of honour was John Friend, a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta as well as a former President of Henley RC and international umpire, who proposed the health of London Rowing Club. Our Captain Sophie Hosking replied, and proposed the health of our guests.  Our former chief coach and now a member of the GB coaching team Paul Reedy replied on their behalf.

 

Our thanks are due to Olivia Malcolm Berry and her team for giving us a memorable and enjoyable evening.

 

[Photographs:  Christopher Grainger]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jun302015

Caps & Ties Party at Henley 4 July

The Club’s annual Caps & Ties gathering at Henley Royal Regatta will take place in the Stewards’ car park behind the Bandstand after racing has concluded on Saturday 4 July 2015.  Members should keep a look out for three LRC oars marking parking spaces 28 & 29, where they will be able to enjoy a Pimms with all funds raised going toward the gym rebuilding.  

Thursday
Jun112015

Boat-naming in memory of Dan Topolski

On the evening of Friday 5 June, in the company of many of his friends and former rowing colleagues as well as several of the younger members of LRC, Suzy Topolski 'christened' our new Empacher eight in memory of her husband, Dan who sadly passed away in February of this year.

For this special event we were delighted to welcome too other members of Dan's family - his sister Theresa, and his children Emma and Luke.  It was a fine early summer's evening, and even 'Gloriana' put in a brief appearance!