1st January 2015
In 1965 a group of intrepid Cygnets decided they wanted to go to the European Rowing Championships in Duisburg. Looking for somewhere to stay they contacted the West German Rowing Federation who put them in touch with a rowing club in a Düsseldorf suburb called RG Benrath.
To cut a long story short, much beer was drunk, friendships blossomed and a strong relationship developed between Cygnet and Benrath that lasts to this day. Now, every March, Benrath come over to London to compete in the HoRR and the Vets Head and Cygnet go, with Barnes Bridge Ladies, every October to Düsseldorf to compete in the Rhine Marathon.
Now you don't need to be much of a mathematician to work out that 2015 is the 50th Anniversary of the relationship between Cygnet and Benrath and of course, neither club is going to waste the opportunity to indulge in some celebrations of the fact.
Of course 2015 is going to a busy year what with it also being Cygnet's 125th Birthday. So, like the birthday celebrations, we're looking to 'boost' existing events in celebration of this relationship between our two clubs and there are two very obvious choices...
• Head of the River Race/Veteran's Head - Benrath in London
• The Rhine Marathon - Cygnet (and BBLRC) in Düsseldorf
There will also be an opportunity to purchase commemorative 50th tee-shirts based on the design below.
Benrath members are, of course, invited to join Cygnet at any or all of our birthday events in 2015
And never forget "We're only here for the Beer!"