100 Years of Rowing at Cranbrook!
03 Mar 20 by George Caponas
Saturday’s celebration of Cranbrook Rowing’s 100th year was a triumph of; organisation, cooperation, selflessness, imagination, persistence, dedication and teamwork. What a day! Over 150 boys, Old Boys and Masters took to the water on Saturday morning and in excess of 400 people over the course of the day came and celebrated the Boat Club's 100th Birthday.
The return of the Old Cranbrookians was truly extraordinary, as were their stories. Each expressed their heartfelt thanks for being invited back and having their accomplishments acknowledged in such an appropriate manner. The Mitchell Cup Regatta was a triumph for involvement. The new boats and a 'can do' attitude saw the birth of a new format for rowing that will serve Cranbrook and possibly the broader Rowing Community well in the future. The initiatives undertaken by the School were realised with the considerable help of the FCBC and Cranbrook Master Rowers!
The Boat Christening ceremony was a moving experience for all involved with Boats being named after:
It was wonderful to have the broader Cranbrook Community involved and to recognise the enormous support the boys gain from the school at large. Rowing does not operate in isolation.
The Centenary Celebration that evening saw many old boys and past coaches returning to the Rose Bay Boat shed to reconnect and hear the stories of our Rowing Wall of Fame Inductees.
Two other past rowers who were unable to attend will be formally inducted at the end of season celebration
Phil Wilkinson (OC 1965) being inducted into the “Cranbrook Rowing Wall of Fame” by fellow Crew Member of the undefeated 1963 junior VIII, Claude Gauchat. Phil has generously entrusted his 1972 Munich Olympic Blazer for display on the Wall of Fame.
Rob Walker (OC 1991) being inducted into the Cranbrook Rowing Wall of Fame by fellow Atlanta Olympian and 1997 Rowing World Championship silver medalists and Cranbrook physics teacher/rowing coach David Cameron.
Immediate past Head Prefect, Tully O’Regan catching up with his father’s (Adam O’Regan OC 1986) old crew mates including Rowing Wall of Fame inductee, Matt Roach OC 1986).