It was a crisp October morning. The dew had barely lifted when three stash-laden KCBC members rowed the CRA tub down from Midsummer Common. Rival College crews looked on in disbelief as KCBC entered uncharted waters, rowing characteristically out of time, in jackets and jeans.
Back at the Boathouse, there was more activity. As would be expected from the cream of King’s, it only took six KCBC Committee members to assemble the newly-acquired BBQ. Mutterings of ‘a lost wheel axle’ disguised the honest truth that we were just incapable of putting a flat pack together. With the onslaught of freshers about to begin, by 09:15 we had two tubs & the bank tub ready – nothing short of a miracle.
The first group consisted of four keen freshers – a small enough group to allow us to iron out a few minor problems with our setup. It was a mere trifle that the bow and stroke side blades were mixed-up on the Chesterton tub. This brought new meaning to the term ‘backing it down’.
At 10:30 the floodgates opened. Sixteen freshers had arrived – action stations! Not to worry, Hrutvik assumed command. Freshers were his forte.
The deluge of freshers was to continue as the day went on – perhaps over fifty passed through the Boathouse doors? Maybe it was the well-executed Boatie Squash which persuaded them to come? More likely, it was the sun. What a glorious autumn day it was!
The last KCBC members left the Boathouse eleven hours after they had arrived. They left with pride in their hearts – it had been a good day. A huge thanks to all the KCBC members who came down today and made it such a success.