Published: 09:00, 20 August 2014 |
Updated: 09:10, 20 August 2014
The Maidstone Invicta Rowing Club is 30 years old. To celebrate, club founder and vice president John Clayton named a new boat for the club at the weekend – the Maidstone Pearl.
More than 150 club and family members attended the event on Saturday and heard a speech by club chairman Harry Salmon who recounted the history of the club from its humble beginnings to the flourishing position it has today.
“He always had the vision of what he wanted the club to be, a community based club offering the widest access to all while always striving for success on the water.”
The club has just taken delivery of three new boats to add to its fleet, with a fourth on order.
Mr Clayton was invited to name the racing Eight.
The third boat, a coxless four, was named by the club boatmaster Brian Humphris , as the Robin Chapman.
Mr Salmon said that Mr Chapman, a former club chairman, had been a “tireless” volunteer and coach for the club since 2002.
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