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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!



Annual Dinner 2015

A display of decorated oars - three newly sign written - was the highlight of the 2015 Annual Dinner held in the Clubhouse on 23 January, when the Club honoured its six gold medal winners from 2007 to 2010 – James Clarke, James Lindsay-Fynn, Rob Williams, Steph Cullen,  Imogen Walsh and the Captain, Sophie Hosking. 

London's Gold medallists (from left: Rob Williams, James Clarke, James Lindsay-Fynn, Imogen Walsh, Steph Cullen,  Sophie Hosking, with Mike Williams and Paul Reedy in centre) 

The President, Mike Williams, proposed the toast to the Club after the Guest of Honour, Andrew Triggs Hodge, had had to leave before the proceedings got under way as a result of feeling unwell There then followed a succinct Captain’s speech from Sophie, and a hilarious contribution from Jeremy Randall, President of Leander and the current Master of the Watermen’s Company.        

It was a real pleasure to see our internationals present: often their training commitments prevent them from attending.  The Dinner was a sell-out weeks before the evening and consideration may need to be given to selecting a different venue for future dinners – unless this can be avoided by innovative measures such as using the Fairbairn Room for some tables and/or a covered and heated balcony are deployed. 

Our thanks go to the Hon House Steward (Catering), Jason Gray, for his hard work in organising the evening.



14 Captains of London Rowing Club (above) and Jeremy Randall (above left)

[Thanks to Christopher Grainger for the photographs]


Plans for new gym unveiled

We have recently applied to Sport England for a grant to rebuild our gymnasium.

If successful, we will be able to rebuild using a design by LRC member and architect, Alexie Calvert-Ansari. The refurbished gym will incorporate a new men’s changing room on the first floor, and the space occupied by the old changing room will give us a much greater floor area. The old rowing tank will be covered by a new gym floor and there will a dedicated erg room. The new building will be properly insulated, heated, lit and ventilated, providing a vastly better environment than we currently have.

Click on the links below to view the plans:


Bench-unveiling in memory of Martin Feuer

On Sunday July 20, on the Club’s spacious balcony, a beautiful outdoor bench was unveiled by Angela Feuer, widow of her late husband Martin, a long standing member of the “Irregulars” (older rowers), who died six months ago after a long battle against cancer. Donors were Martin’s and Angela’s three children Jonathan, David and Penny, all following professional careers, who with their gift wished to express their gratitude for the nearly forty years of their father’s enjoyment and friendships with the Club; pleasures about which he talked regularly within his family as much as he did outside it. 
In a short tribute prior to the unveiling one of Martin’s fellow “Irregulars”, Rob van Mesdag, said: “Martin’s enthusiasm about his rowing, Club life and our river was inspirational, never missing his regular outings with his friends or important Club meetings such as AGMs. In addition to regular Wednesday “Irregular” outings in fours or eights Martin and I used to double-scull on Friday mornings for six or seven years - even in mid winter.” 
Before the unveiling, Angela thanked her children for their kind deed: “You have been most thoughtful” she said, then lifted the large LRC flag off the new, strong and shiny bench and read out the inscription on a small plaque: In Loving Memory of LRC “Irregular” Martin Feuer, Always in the Hearts of his Loving Family and Friends. She then sat down to test the bench’s quality for easy repose: with satisfaction it seemed, her family soon joining her. 
Afterwards, the 25 or so people present, some ten of Angela’s family and members of the Club, continued their conversations and reminiscences until until it was time for home and lunch, a symbol of Martin – for which the Club is most grateful - staying behind.


Boat-naming in memory of Simon Porter


Another boat-naming took place recently at London Rowing Club.  On Sunday 29 June 2014 a new Wintech four/quad was named for Simon Porter, by his widow Kay.  Simon, who sadly passed away in February last year, was for many years a regular and dedicated member of the Club's Masters group, organised by Robin Hulf.  The group recently clubbed together to purchase the hull for LRC, and they decided to name it in memory of Simon.  They were delighted that Kay agreed to perform the 'christening', and that so many members of her family were able to join us on this occasion.  Before the ritual champagne pouring, members of the group took the boat for a short outing; the crew included Robin Hulf - his first outing in a quad since his recovery from serious illness!  Another reason to celebrate!