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The first new gathering of the Leviathan will take place on Sunday 12th February 2012 at 10.00hrs Lurch Ayling is unable to act as secretary so I am reverting to my original position as secretary/founder, until someone more capable can be enticed into this much sort after post.
I have been supplied with a previous list of e mail addresses which was used to keep everyone informed about our meeting dates etc., but some are so unorthodox, not to say obscene, that I would be grateful to receive an email from all those who would be interested in knowing what the Leviathan is up to. This will allow me to know names against the mail address. I am aware that some still do not have e mail and I will have to find another way of contacting you. Please let me know even if you feel I already have this information.
My telephone number: 01787 8805756
My address: 44 Bantocks Road,Great Waldingfield, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 0RT
For those who have not heard of the Leviathan, it is a social gathering for all old KRC members, indeed any old rower, who wishes to meet on an ad hoc basis. Thanks to efforts from some of our members we try to supply a lunch, and for those who wish to find out how far their rowing has waned, we try to organise boats. This is not compulsory and indeed in some (most?) cases is not recommended.
Our meetings also of course allow us to keep in contact with, and continue to support our club.
Would all interested parties please let me have your e mail addresses.
It is very sad to report the death of Andy Holmes MBE on 24 October 2010 aged 51.
Andy rowed at Kingston in the early 80’s before going on to win two Olympic Gold medals: Coxed Fours at Los Angeles in 1984 with Richard Budgett, Martin Cross and Steve Redgrave with cox Adrian Ellison; and then in Coxless Pairs at Seoul in 1988 with Steve Redgrave (where they also doubled up to win a Bronze in Coxed Pairs).
I am very sorry to inform you that Alistair Graham died on Wed 28th July 2010 in hospital following a fall at home.
Alistair was a former Captain of Kingston Rowing Club including the 1981 season when the Men's squad at Henley Royal Regatta reached three finals, winning the Goblets, the Prince Philip and narrowly losing in the Britannia Cup - the best results in a century. The Men's Pair and Coxed Four together with the Women's Double Scull of Astrid Ayling and Sue McNuff went on to represent Great Britain in the 1981 World Championships, a level of club rowing success unprecedented before or since.
As well as being a long standing and popular stalwart and coach of Kingston Rowing Club, Alistair was also a Vice President at Dittons Skiff and Punting club, Punting being a sport about which he was passionate. He will be much missed and I am sure you will wish to join with me in expressing sincere condolences to his surviving sister and brother, Deirdre and Charles and his nieces Victoria and Emma-Jane.
The FISA World Veteran meeting 2008 took place in Lithuania on the East coast of the Baltic.
Five intrepid participants set off from Kingston with the weather forecast warning of strong winds, heavy rain and low temperatures. Oh great- here we go again. The rucksack was straining at the seems with warm rowing gear, gilets and waterproofs.
Even my fleece hat got packed after last years near hypothermia experience in Zagreb.
Flylal (the Lithuanian version of Easyjet) got us there with no fuss and no food!. So having checked into the B+B, a very nice guesthouse in old Vilnius town (described on their web site as a sexy hotel for sexy people, so just right for us) we raided a McDonalds for burgers, coke and chips. Not a cool start.
As you may well know, the weather Gods destroyed the Veteran Eights Head. Our all Kingston Vet A girls got as far as to put the boat on the water before the whole thing was cancelled, whilst the Vet E girls were still gossiping with their Czech, Canadian, Norwegian and Dutch crew members. So no chance to try the nice new Janousec eight, kindly lent by Tiffin, only a swig of beer in Vesta.
It is with sadness that we report that Steve Chasey, a rower, coach, and a great character of KRC passed away last night.
Steve will be fondly remembered for his enthusiasm and love for all things rowing, and for passing some of that on to the many rowers, novice to elite, that he coached in recent years.
Steve's involvement in KRC spanned decades and his love for the sport is clear from this short excerpt of the History of the Kingston Regatta published in last year's regatta programme.
Steve Chasey who first rowed at the Regatta for Kingston Grammar School and has been a lifelong member of Kingston RC where he still coaches and with the greatest of respect to Steve can safely be described as being a member of the ‘MAD’ crowd. Steve writes:
“Without rowing I really don’t know where I would be. It has been the constant that has held everything together. From schooldays in Kingston through the hedonistic 60s into the armed forces, special forces, whatever the world has brought, rowing and the river has always given me space to breathe again. To take those gasps of air after a heavy workout on the river as the mist rises to reveal a warming sun saying ‘good morning’, easing those aching muscles, giving fresh light on the world again. The river has been my life, so much so that I can’t imagine life without it. I now live on a boat on the river at Kingston, a part of its ebb and flow. From competing at the Regatta as a boy to coaching crews I have been coming to the Regatta for 50 years now and I wouldn’t miss this day for the world.”
Our sincerest wishes are with Steve's family.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday 4th June 2008 at Kingston Crematorium, 2:20 and afterwards at the Club.
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If you finished your rowing career a few years back, concentrated on climbing the corporate ladder or raising the family, but now feel the pull of the river, the KRC veteran squad may be just what you need.
This section of the club currently boasts competitors from 27 years to well above 60.
It is a very successful branch of the club, having returned from last years world meeting in Zagreb, Croatia with 21 medals with wins in all boat types from1x to 8+.
We had representatives in the first eights for both the men’s and the women’s Head of the River, as well as 2 eights entered for the sadly cancelled veteran Head.
The club is planning to send crews to Veteran Nationals at Nottingham in June, Veteran Henley in July and the World meet in Trakai, Lithuania in September.
We expect a significant number of wins.
As the club is operating an inclusive policy, we have had the benefit of training with the senior squad under the professionally led coaching team, headed by Ian South.
We are always looking to expand the group and welcome newcomers.
There is an opportunity to do as much training as you want, but also the benefit of being able to take a weekend off for less vigorous activities, without the risk of being dropped.
If you are considering getting back into a boat and rekindle the old competitive spirit, please contact Birgith via email to xxx or leave a message in the club letter rack.
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