The naming of The Clive Hole Boathouse on September 16th was marked by an Eights and Octuples scratch regatta for members of the Club.
Over 80 members from all areas of the club signed up to take part in the fun event which saw crews selected at random and allocated to one of seven Eights and three Octuples, the octuples consisting principally of Juniors from the J15 group and under, while adult members filled the eights.
Despite the best attempts of the weather to spoil the fun seven boats took to the water in time for racing to get underway at 1pm. A series of 12 races then took place over a 300 metre course. Eights raced in two groups, each crew getting either 2 or 3 races, after which the two group winners met in a final, with Prince Bishop seeing off Jellied Eels. The Clive theme saw crews in the Octuples races being named after Clive’s dogs, Tuppence winning both their races to emerge as winners. The two winning crews were presented with Clive Hole Memorial Trophies created by George Adair.
Dragonboating being close to Clive’s heart the Three River Serpents put out dragon boats and provided taster opportunities during breaks in racing.
Straight after the display of fine rowing on the water members gathered around the club’s recently acquired boathouse for the naming ceremony in honour of long serving member Clive Hole who died in October 2020, and the unveiling of a plaque by his widow, Rita.
After speeches by members and recollections about Clive the plaque naming ‘The Clive Hole Boathouse’ was unveiled.
We hope to continue the relationships we have with users of the boathouse, including the Three River Serpents, Trevelyan College, St Mary’s College and many others who use this facility to honour Clive’s legacy of inclusivity and sportsmanship.
The day rounded off with members and friends being invited to the clubhouse for a BBQ and drinks.
Thanks to Carole, Ray and everyone else who helped to run and organise a fantastic day.