KCSBCSA Social Life
We organise a range of social events over the rowing year for our supporters and rowers with a view not only to bringing people together within their own year groups but across the whole rowing community. The Association is run by a committee of parents made up of representatives from each rowing year group and each of those groups is given specific events to organise over the year. Please come and join us for as many of the events as you can- the table below gives you an idea of the rough timing of the events but your year group rep will be in touch with specific dates over the course of the year
We look forward to seeing you there.
October/November- Boat Club Supper
The Boat Club supper is an informal event which gives the opportunity for the athletes and their parents to meet each other and the coaches and the Godolphin and Latymer parents and athletes for a relaxed chilli evening just as the winter training is about to start and the days are getting short. The event is traditionally organised by the J16 parents and we have a bar, a quiz and sometimes a raffle
The races are a fun family occasion for all age groups organised by the J15 parents and a chance to wind down after a long term of training. Many bacon butties and much mulled wine are consumed and there are mixed races for all of the athletes in scratch VIII’s and the parents, and old boys.
February-Annual Boat Club Dinner
This is our Annual Black tie dinner held in the Great Hall at School to celebrate the club’s successes of the past year and to inspire the athletes as they head into the Regatta season. The event is organised by the J17 parents who dress the Great Hall for a truly memorable evening. Past speakers have included Olympic gold medallists Mo Sbihi, Tom James and Paul Bennett.
March-Schools Head of the River Race
The Schools Head of the River Race marks the end of the winter training for the boys. It is a full Boat Race Course in reverse from Chiswick Bridge to the finish here in Putney. The J18 parents and willing volunteers from the other year groups provided very welcome hot soup and cakes for the athletes from the boathouse to help them recover from a long hard and very cold race.
The school sublets a fraction of the Boathouse to Cambridge University Boat Club for them to use when they train on the Tideway for the Boat Race in April. On the day of the race the Boathouse has its moment of international fame as Cambridge stride down from the boat bay for the start. As a fund raising activity the Supporters Association provides catering for the CUBC crews when they are training and selecting their final crews for the Boat Race in December, January and March.
May-National Schools Regatta
This is the peak of the Regatta Calendar with 3 days of hard fought side by side racing for the boys. It is also the most challenging logistical event for the Supporters as they provide a constant source of hot nutritious food for the athletes in the middle of a field with limited catering equipment and supplies. The catering is split over the 3 days between the various year group parents. The J14 parents cover the first day (as the J14 athletes are the only ones that row on that day); the J16and J15 parents cover the main catering on Saturday and the Senior parents provide cover for the Sunday.
The last of the purely social events of the year is the Watersplash afternoon at the Boathouse in June. This is organised by the J15 parents and is very much a wind down after a long rowing year and a chance to relax with a Pimms at the Boathouse and enjoy a sunny afternoon of mixed fun races. It is also the time when Patrick awards the club’s cups and shields for achievements over the season and announces the new Captain and Vice Captain of boats.
June/July-Henley Royal Regatta
This is the pinnacle of the rowing calendar and very much the last chance for the Seniors to represent the School. There are usually 2 main social events at Henley; a BBQ at the lodgings where the crews stay and a hosted Marquee on the first day of racing.