The Launch of the 'Helen' Wednesday 24th June 2015
'Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club's new boat has been made
possible by a generous donation by the Haslam family. Greer and her
brother Gavin have been heavily involved with the club for many years and the
boat has been named 'Helen' in memory of their late mother, who was one of the
club's first women members in the early 1970's, when Liverpool Victoria
championed women's rowing in the North West. Helen Haslam's late husband
Bill served as Club Treasurer and Helen as Club Secretary. Although she
was unable to come to the club more recently, she always supported the club
when she could and remained a Vice-President.'
Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club Chairman
The boat is a Stampfli 2-/x (coxless pair/double), built by
the firm that make our more usual Janousek boats but to a higher standard. It is painted in Stampfli's characteristic design but in our club colours: claret and gold on a white hull. The riggers are Neaves gull wing, black anodised and stronger than the traditional 4-stay riggers so that no backstay is necessary on the sculling version (though they are necessary on the sweep riggers).
It really looks rather beautiful!
This boat, like 'Harry Inman', was inspired by the very high standard now being reached by some of our Juniors, who are beginning to compete at national level. With them primarily in mind, it has been built for a 65kg crew to suit both our older Juniors and our lighter women's crews when they are competing at a level that warrants the best possible boat.
Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club President
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