Speeches for the opening of the New Logan's Way Boathouse by Bill Key, President Cambridgeshire Rowing Association (Friday 28th August 2017)
For a considerable period since the CRA was formed over 150 years ago local clubs relied heavily on the use of boats owned by the various colleges.
Due to these arrangements the majority of the clubs weren't able to start their season until after the University May Races. Many a member of my club, Cambridge Scouts', could be seen lurking in the shadows of the boathouse in June, breathing in the air from the Cam with eager anticipation.
In this short season the CRA organised the Time Race, the Town Bumps and Regatta.
Although the Time Race has only been held since 1930 the Bumps will be 100 years old next year.
The number of crews that rowed in the Town Bumps remained almost constant during the 1960's and 70's. Their were two divisions of 18 crews some of which were from colleges and all were mail participants.