York City Rowing Club’s purple, black and gold blazers lit up the Minster and three cheers rang out last Saturday morning (18th) as The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, named York City Rowing Club’s newest boat ‘Constantine the Great’ in front of the statue of the Emperor Constantine himself.
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 ‘Dad’s Army’ crew, who rowed Constantine to the second round of the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley this year were in attendance to greet the Archbishop, and regaled him with tales of their epic defeat of Thames ‘C’. After turning heads at the Minster, members returned to the club to an excellent second breakfast of bacon and sausage butties and pastries deftly prepared by the Men’s Squad.
Thankyou to the Archbishop and his staff for a wonderful occasion, Paula Widdowson for putting us in touch in the first place, and to Carl Barker, Men’s Captain who worked so hard to bring the morning together – it will surely pass into YCRC legend!