Riverside spectacular for Nottingham Rowing Club as they launch 12 new boats


Monday, 23 November 2015 17:45 Written by Administrator


On a freezing cold Sunday 22nd November, Nottingham Rowing Club launched 12 new boats.

Three Wintech quadruple sculling boats, supplied by Ruddington-based Oarsport, were christened by their illustrious namesakes. The naming of the quads was started by Hugh Matheson, Olympic silver medallist at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and later winner of the Diamond Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1979. He was followed by Vicki Meyer-Laker, formerly of NRC and current member of the GB Women's eight, and by Grace Clough, current World Champion in the LTA (Legs,Trunk & Arms) Paralympic mixed coxed four.

Club Treasurer and major benefactor Andy Brown launched an Empacher Eight, principally for use by the club's veterans. Two recreational boats named Lady Hay and Shackleton, were put onto the water with several beginners using the new equipment.

Six sculling boats were added to the fleet too, all named after very successful recent junior rowers from local schools. Katie Bartlett, Anna Thornton, Livi Kay, Kyra Edwards, Connor Gamble and Rowan Law were all honoured, and will hopefully provide inspirational examples to the up and coming juniors.

The launch was followed by a whole Club photograph and a splendid "President's Club" lunch organised by Vice-President Mark Cooke.

Below: Grace Clough naming the new quad

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