Movember Boat Club Run
Exeter University Boat Club are proud to be supporting and raising awareness for men’s health this month. Whilst both our men’s squads are continuing to grow some questionable moustaches we enlisted the help of our women’s squad and some trusty fake moustaches and had 60 of our members run 6k for the 60 men we lose each hour to suicide.
In 2020 the UK raised £19.1 million to help prevent our dads, brothers and friends dying prematurely and the University of Exeter raised over £200,000. This year we aim to raise £250,000 and as part of that EUBC would appreciate any donation no matter the size through our team page:
EUBC v GeogSoc
EUBC WIN 20 - 10
Jemima Harbottle - Player of the Match
Tallulah Thomas - Player of the Match
James Robinson Ranger
EUBC Netball Team will return on 31st October to play The Business and Finance Society
Exeter University Boat Club Calendar
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Rob Cookman 1950-53
These photos show a selection that are now proudly displayed at the Boat Club. The first photo is of the 1st IV in 1951, the second photo can see them in action on the canal and the third one is a race between Exeter University and St Luke’s College again in 1951 on the river Exe.
Peter Whitfield, 1955-58
When I rowed for Exeter in 1955 - 58 we always scheduled our events v St Luke’s to be shortly after a rugby fixture which St Luke’s always won and we got revenge on the water shortly afterwards! We never got as far away as Newcastle in the Heads season, but did go to the Tideway and Reading ones, arriving at the latter via a slip coach off the back of a GWR express!
David Hale, 1958-61
We had almost been able to have a 4th VIII, but not one which had practised sufficiently together to set off for the Heads. The healthy membership, the successes on the water, and the enthusiasm at the end of the season were very gratifying, to Denys Jacobs, our excellent President, in particular, to the Committee members, to myself and to all concerned. My 'journey' in the first year from novice to stroke, 3rd VIII, being press-ganged in my second year from hopeful in the 2nd VIII and converted to bow-side at 5 in the 1st VIII, and in my final year being made Captain and asked by the forming crew to stroke that VIII, was altogether memorable! With such crews and so many good friends, this had been, and still is, one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you, EUBC!
Exeter Head, 1965
Won by: University of Bristol Boat Club, 1st VIII
Strange Experience! After an absence of 4 years mostly abroad and away from rowing, the Exeter Head in 1965 was the next & last time I rowed on the Exeter Canal! While doing postgraduate research at Bristol University, 1964 – 1966, I was in the UBBC 1st VIII, at 3 in 1964-5, and at 7 in 1965-6. At the presentation of the 1965 Exeter Head cup I was surprised to hear someone behind me say my name. It was the VC of Exeter University, Sir James Wilfred Cook, 'Nice to see you again, David. Congratulations! ...... You seem to have changed sides!' He had been Guest of Honour at the EUBC Club Dinner in 1961: Anne, now my wife of 56 years (2020), remembers sitting next to him!
Women’s Rowing at EUBC
I would like to think that women's rowing 'started' at EUBC in my captaincy, but is this really the case ......?
In the summer term, 1961, several women (2 or 3 novices & one with previous rowing experience) asked me if they could learn to row. One of them was already known to me, and was 'a bit of a sportsman predator', a phrase she herself told my wife many decades later! This could have been a danger sign, but on discussion, the EUBC Committee thoroughly welcomed the suggestion. In the longer term there were issues that would need to be resolved: budgeting applications, how to manage boats, blades and pontoons to avoid clashes/disappointment, changing-room space, lack of loos, maintenance issues and so on.
The active EUBC VIII's 1960 – 1961 season was over and a dauntless men's IV set off on a novel regatta round. Stratford, Chester, Monmouth and Marlow, were on the list. We didn't return with much silver-ware, and I have no photos (unimaginable in today's world), but learned a lot.
Meanwhile, at Countess Weir, where mostly the boats were not being used, on several afternoons 3 or 4 women started to learn to row, first in the moored 'tub', then in the clinker pairs, to get the 'real feel' out on the water. There were always at least a couple of EUBC members around to help. I was a bit surprised to learn (after the event) that even our precious clinker four had been taken out. ['While the Ca(p)t's away.....!'] Clearly there were serious sportswomen out there, and it was realised that in future years there would be many more. But the end of our academic year was nigh. The development of the project would have to be left in the hands of Dick Gammage, Captain Elect for 1962 – 1963, and subsequent Captains and their Committees.
Over the next few years a real start was made, and the results we can read about now in the most-welcome EUBC updates have proved that 'massive oaks do grow from a single acorn'!
You can view a selection of David's photos and an Events and Results summary of EUBC 1960-61 in these pdfs:
David Bradbury 1960-63
Well done EUBC. You have gone from strength to strength and it is gratifying to see how you have progressed since I left in 1963. I rowed in the first eight in 1960/61, 61/62 and 62/63 and was captain of boats (as it was called then) in 62/63. I did a postgraduate course in 63/64. We even went to Rennes in 1964 to row against the French, flying from Exeter airport in a shaky old Dakota. I have so many happy memories of rowing at Countess Weir and taking part in so many races against other Universities and colleges. In those days the Head of the River from Chiswick to Putney and the Reading Head were highlights of the year. We also took part in the Trent Head one year. The first eight in 1962/63 was Cox Tony Culyer, Stroke Roger Barker, 7 Fred Bennett, 6 David Bradbury, 5 Len Shilstone, 4 Dick Spencer, 3 Mike Levermore, 2 Steve Agambar and Bow Ian Wain. We were coached by Dick Gammage and also by the memorable Denis Jacobs a lecturer in the History Dept. Any one of you characters still around? We had not reached the dizzy heights of Henley but had left St Luke’s behind. Before me Dick Gammage was captain of boats and I am still in touch with him. He has lived in the USA for many years. Dave Hale was Captain from 60/61.
Thanks for keeping me in touch with rowing at Exeter.
Nick Matthews 1966-69
I read the January Boat Club update with great interest and thought I would share this photo with you. This was the 1967 Head of the River Race on the Tideway. You can see from the image that we started #73. My recollection is that we finished #57. I rowed the following year as well but do not have a photo of that to share. I am in bow seat. Stroke seat is a very good friend of mine, Rob Haines, whom I have not seen for many years as he lives in Sydney, Australia, and I live in Toronto, Canada - our birthdays coincide so we catch up on those anniversaries. Five seat is another good friend, Tony Wood Rogers, whom I believe is still living in Exeter. After a year in the US studying for a Master's I moved to London and rowed at London RC. On one of my first rows there in a 1X I looked around and saw a familiar figure coming towards me, it was Cedric Hart, four seat in the photo. My dearest memory of Cedric was of his snapping an oar shaft as he pulled it through the water. Friendships made through rowing can last a lifetime.
Roger Barker 1962-65
John Hinnigan 1964-67
I keep a distant eye on the progress of EUBC and note the huge progress that has been made since my time. I am still a committed active rower competing regularly at National and World Masters and Henley Vets and I have served on the Board of British Rowing for the past 6 years. I do meet up with EUBC crews now and then - I was pleased to be able to present medals to an EUBC women’s 8 at Nottingham a few years ago and I have also talked to various crews I have met at summer regattas. My memories of competing at Exeter include our local head race and the winter pilgrimages to London, Reading and Bristol Heads. At the latter in 1965 we started 6th and crossed the line in first place only to be beaten by 1 second by a Bristol University boat from down the field containing two of my old school crew mates - painful, especially as BUBC were responsible for the timing on that day! The photograph is of London HORR in 1965 which not surprisingly has a number of common members from the ’63 boat. From the bows the crew is Eric Hardy, John Attwell, Trevor Brooking, Cliff Offer, Ian Wain, Bruce Henderson Smith, Mike Levermore, me at stroke and John Mayfield cox. I look forward to meeting some of the current squad around the country when we get back to competition after COVID-19.
Mike and Penny England (nee Cridge) 1966-69 / 1967-70
Mike joined the Boat Club in 1966 and Penny joined Ladies’ Boats as it was then called in 1967. We met when we were respective Captains in 1968/69 and Penny continued as Captain in 1969/70. This led to both of us sitting on the Athletic Union only to be followed by our elder son Andy as Captain of Squash 1996/7 – surely a family record? Below is a photo of Penny’s crew (Janet Brown, Carol , Vicky Garrard, Penny Cridge, cox Pauline) competing at the BUSA championships at Pangbourne in 1969 wearing their homemade kit with green tape sewn on the sleeves of any white shirt they had – how times have changed! Following graduation, Mike rowed for Weybridge RC (men only in those days) and Penny for Weybridge Ladies RC where both held administrative posts for a number of years. Now we are just regular attendees at Henley Royal Regatta. We are still in touch with cox Ian Foster.
Terry Goodall 1960-63
Peter Leighton 1972 - 75
This is the 1973 coxless four holding our BUSF silver medals right after the race and training at Henley before the regatta.
Mark Venn 1971-74
I rowed in the first VIII throughout my 3 years, and was the EUBC Secretary 1973-74. The photos you have currently for the 1970s I see were from Pete Leighton. He stroked our VIII in 1972-73 in which we achieved 23rd in the Tideway Head (the following year we came 30th). Pete was also in the coxless IV with Nicholas Bull, reaching the final of the Visitors and setting a Barrier record. The year the 4- achieved silver at BUSF, the other half of the VIII (Niel Hart, myself, Andrew Huntley and John Mulholland) formed a 4+, winning bronze in the BUSF regatta. I am a regular at EUBC Alumni events and keep in touch with many of my era.
Tim Nelson 1976-79
This photo is the Uni's Wyfolds crew, 1979. I think we won that heat. Phil Ross-Smith Stroke, Tim Nelson three, gentleman whose name escapes me two, Mark Lees (who is sadly no longer with us) bow. Phil was Rhodesian, he and I paired. Mark was a famous Lukie,went on to be a renowned coach. I had rowed in '77 but dropped out in February '78. I found rowing at Exeter really hard, compared to being a schoolboy. Not the sport, but simple things like feeding myself, and training shoes. However, I did stroke the Uni four at the fours head one year. I forget which, not to any great distinction as I recall. I finished rowing in '82 with Worcester (5th in the Men's Nat champs 4+), rowed a few races in '83 but that was it. However, the Concept 2 called and I bought mine last year. Check out the Concept 2 world rankings for over 60's. Paul Venn Exeter Alumnus is my hero, he's 68! Looking forward to some other older guys posting their times. Good luck to the current generation. I didn't know about the HRR Saturday Cricket club meet up. Maybe next year. I joined Stewards in '82, I'd raced in the final of the Brit Cup for Wallingford Schools in '76. I've been every year since except this year.