CLUB MEETINGS

Club meetings were serious affairs with fines for non attendance and conducted on strict democratic lines to the rules of debate, a lesson I think our parliamentarians could well use nowadays. There were however light-hearted moments and a great deal of across the floor banter with the chairman hammering his gavel for order. The draw for the next club race was eagerly awaited with the previous day’s race winners going straight into the spare man slots. Crew names called were met with cheers or groans depending on the make up of the crews and the race winning potential of the selections.

Club racing was keenly contested and the mainstay of the club in those days, whilst subs paid for the day to day finances, sponsorship, donations and revenue brought in by the club races was vital for the club’s survival. There were no local authority grants or sports aid, if boats, blades or equipment were wanted the members had to raise the money or go without. Funds were raised in numerous ways the obvious dances, raffles, etc were also helped by “daily doubles” tickets, Christmas card sales and any other scheme that would raise funds. There was also a tremendous work ethic among the members, a large number of members were tradesmen of various skills and where those skills could be used the member was eager to do his bit for the benefit of the club.