The Old Alleynian Boat Club President: Tom Saunders (01-06) Hon Secretary: James Jarratt (04-11) Email: oldalleynianbc @ gmail.com Web: Follow on Facebook for latest updates. The Boat Club has enjoyed another year of expanded membership and frequent social engagement. OABC enjoys meeting in a variety of settings throughout the rowing season, flowing from September through to mid July, from midwinter dinners through to glorious days out at Henley Royal Regatta. In January the annual OABC dinner was held again at the East India Club. A superb dinner was consumed before speeches from the OABC President, The Alleyn Club President and the Master. As is customary, a rousing rendition of Pueri Alleynienses was performed before the night rolled on in to the West End. Another fantastic, well attended dinner! In November, the Boat Club gathered a table together for the Alleyn Club dinner held in the Christison Hall, preceded by a drinks reception in the presence of the James Caird in the brilliant new Laboratory. year on year, reaching out to recent leavers who rowed at the College as well as any OA with an active or passive interest in rowing that may have developed later in life. We are grateful for access to the College’s top class boat house facilities in Putney, enabling oarsmen to take As a young club, we have an active membership that is increasing
to the water throughout the season (preferably the warmer months). The Boat Club thanks the Alleyn Club and the College for its continual support and representation at our events. Any OAs with an interest in the sport, please do get in touch! Boat Club Regatta The annual OABC regatta took place this year on Saturday September 10th. The almost tropical conditions of the preceding week were replaced by threatening heavy grey skies. Fortunately the forecast rain held off as the three boats from Dulwich, Westminster and St Edward’s Oxford took to the water in various degrees of readiness, physical and mechanical. The failure of St Paul’s to appear allowed the Alleynian Challenge Cup to be fought for over a single race; a 500m straight section of the Thames between Putney Bridge and Barn Elms boat house. It was a straight sprint, a true test of speed and technique, a contest that would James Jarratt
last barely a minute or so. The start was a pretty even affair accompanied by considerable enthusiastic shouts of encouragement from the Fulham supporters who were leaving Craven Cottage after their 1 – 0 loss to Birmingham City. The OAs were holding their own and for a while it looked as though our enthusiasm would triumph. By Barn Elms though Westminster had clear water and won for an 8th consecutive year ahead of Teddy’s and OABC. Thanks have to go to Simon Croucher, Master in charge of Boating who acted as both organiser and referee and James Dunley (94-02) who managed the crew from the boat house.
The Crew: Teddy Previte (07-12) - Cox Alex Saunders (99-09) - Stroke Hamish Hughes (07-12) - 2 James Jarratt (04-11) - 3 Patrick Kinch (02-13) - 4 Tom Kirk (07-12) -5 Matthew Emkes (03-13) - 6 Tom Aitken (08-12) - 7 Tom Mountain (04-11) - 8
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