Aberdeen Boat Club takes to the Thames

For the first time in over a decade three crews from Aberdeen Boat Club are set to race the Tideway, a gruelling four and a half mile boat race on the Thames.

Two crews are racing the Men’s Head and, gladly reversing the trend of the recent years, a female crew is racing the Vet’s Head. Speaking ahead of the event Anthony Cooke, the crews’ coach, said: “The three crews have all been working incredibly hard and we hope that as well as enjoying the spectacle of today’s event they go out there, and have a great race”. “These 24 rowers and three coxes are representing Aberdeen Boat Club and we know they will do us proud. With nearly 400 crews of eight taking part, this race is one of the highest participation events in London, and one of the largest rowing races in Europe.”

Jim Steel, Aberdeen Boat Club President added:

“As a member of Aberdeen Boat Club for almost 40 years, I am immensely proud to see such a strong contingent from Aberdeen Boat Club here today. They’ve put in huge amounts of time and energy both on the water and in the gym – and that’s all before making the long journey to London to participate in this great event. As a club we’ve never had such a strong membership, standing at 220 members, and it’s great to see the sport thrive here in Aberdeen.  Its days like these that our members will cherish for the rest of their lives. It’s a truly special event to participate in.”

Having survived two World Wars and a rise and fall in its membership, Aberdeen Boat Club is celebrating 150 years of rowing. Established in 1865, Aberdeen Boat Club was formed with the purchase of four boats and the original premises was situated under an arch of the Caledonian Railway beside the Ferryhill Burn, near Bank Street.

Aberdeen Boat Club has a programme of events lined up for the year ahead including a summer row past event for all the family which will take place on Saturday the 18 of July.

For more information on learning to row or to join in the celebrations visit: http://www.abc-dee.co.uk/.