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Rowing in wartime
I sculled as often as possible during the week, somewhat to the detriment of my coursework and normally had the river to myself, sculling usually as far as Barnes or Chiswick. The club was always open as our boatman Charlie Newens worked there full time. Charlie walked with a bad limp and consequently was not able to join the armed forces.
We also had an annual row up to Hampton Court, lunch at the Mitre hotel and then rowed back.
Within the ICBC we had club championships for scullers and pairs.
There is a demand from many clubs on the FISA Masters circuit for fit older rowers to join composite crews if they can still pull their weight, as they can raise the age group of the whole crew, sometimes into the next older category. As one ascends the age categories active rowers become, regrettably, fewer in number and many clubs can no longer provide a veteran eight or a four unless they organise a composite crew. For this reason we older rowers have to go wherever the action is!
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