Sunday 2nd March saw the launch of a commemorative book, “Still Afloat” by Alan Peacock, full of photos and stories that recount the Clubs rich history.
The launch was held at Exeter’s Historic Guildhall with the Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Rachel Lyons, in attendance.
The gathering of Club members, old and new, enjoyed two readings from the book, given by Club President Ray Grigg and Chairman Paul Wilson. The short excerpts gave a tantalising glimpse into the book and the Mayor was presented with a signed copy.
Also on display, was a collection of silverware owned by the Club. Two pieces are now permanently held in the silver cabinet in the Guildhall where they symbolise the strong ties the Club has to the City of Exeter.
After a toast to the Club, and also to the City of Exeter, the celebrations were taken down to the clubhouse where copies of the book “Still Afloat” were on sale, along with a commemorative copy of the book, Souvenir of the Fiftieth Year. It was fantastic to see the clubhouse full of members who spanned the ages.
The day culminated in the naming of a Men’s Eight boat, after the long serving Club Chairman and beginners coach Paul Wilson.
Paul has dedicated a huge amount of time to the Club over the years and introduced so many club members to the joys of rowing. He was in attendance with his wife and children and they proudly watched the newly named Empacher boat being rowed out by members of the Men’s squad.
Copies of both books can be obtained via the following order form.