History was made on April 11th 2015 with the Women’s University Boat Race for the first time being staged on the same Tideway course and on the same day as the Men’s race, both being televised live by the BBC. DARC decided it would be a good idea to follow suit, breaking new ground of its own by organising a Boat Race Ball on the same day.
Following an informal afternoon of watching the Grand National and the two Boat Races unfold on the big screen members changed into more formal attire for dinner and entertainment provided by a live band.
Next was a brand new menu designed by Gene, Graham and John, which was delicious, especially the sauce in which the chicken was cooked. Most of the meal was served carvery/buffet style making service faster and allowing people to choose what goes on their plate. A massive thank you to Gene, Anne, Joyce and Gordon who pretty much ran the kitchen themselves – quite a task – especially when the fire alarm decides to go off repeatedly!
All in all a very nice evening, bringing in about £500 profit between the food, bar and raffle – definitely a new event for the annual social calendar.
Earlier in the afternoon a small crowd assembled to watch the Grand National and the Men’s & Women’s Boat Races. The highlight of the afternoon was Clive guessing the finishing time of 17 minutes and 34 seconds exactly to win the sweepstake, much to the disappointment of Captain Castling who thought he had nailed it!