York City Rowing Club are delighted to announce that the Archbishop of York, will name their newest boat 'Constantine the Great' in a ceremony to be held outside York Minster.
The ceremony to name York City Rowing Club's new boat will take place in front of the statue of the Emperor Constantine himself, on Saturday 18th November at 10.15am.
'Constantine the Great', the newest addition to a club of over 300 members, has already seen success on home and international waters. It travelled to Lake Bled, Slovenia, in September for the 2017 World Masters Rowing Regatta, but the highlight of its short time at the club was the qualification and progression to the second round of the Thames Challenge Cup for Club Eights at Henley Royal Regatta this July.
The crew, nicknamed 'Dad's Army', and containing some of the club’s most experienced rowers, including past Henley winners, beat 16 other crews to qualify before overhauling a significantly younger Thames RC crew. They later met their match, however, in a crew from the elite Leander Club, home to many current and future GB rowers.
The Archbishop said, “When Constantine was emperor, he united the whole of the Roman Empire, restoring stability and security to the Roman world. He converted to Christianity and allowed Christians to worship freely; and stopped the persecution of Christians in the West. I’m delighted to officially name the new rowing boat Constantine the Great and I hope that those who strive to win races in her will take strength from the name.”
Dan Lewis, YCRC Club Captain said, “The addition of this international-standard shell to our fleet ensures YCRC crews are in a great position to compete, and fly the Yorkshire flag, at high level national and international events”.
The day after the naming, on Sunday 19th November, crews from York City, across the region, and further afield will test their speed on the Ouse in the 2017 York Small Boats Head. With over 300 crews, this is a major event in the Yorkshire Rowing calendar and guarantees great racing. As an eight-oared boat, Constantine will remain in the boathouse for this event, but the two halves of Dad's Army will be battling it out in the Men's Masters coxed four event. If you see them going past, give them a proper Yorkshire cheer!
York City Rowing Club is a large, successful and friendly rowing club based in the centre of York, with over 150 years of heritage, and boasting over 250 members of all abilities and ages. Its mission is to offer an inclusive, safe and supportive environment for rowers of all skills and abilities where everyone is encouraged realise their own potential. To get involved, either as a beginner or an experienced rower returning to the sport, get in touch via our website www.ycrc.co.uk.
For further details or queries about YCRC, please contact:Robyn Inglis, email: [email protected], mobile 07914 984212