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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 1. Friday, March, 2, 1945

Rise from Obscurity Rowing Made Popular

Rise from Obscurity Rowing Made Popular

Thanks to the proselytising last year of Bill Osten and Harry Cutler, the V.U.C. Rowing Club, rubbing its eyes in some surprise, finds itself strong enough once more to take part in Wellington rowing activities, and has even gone so far as to select a representative crew. The club is keen, if still small. Perhaps one reason for its recent obscurity was the club's dearth of publicity. Rowers being as a rule rather vociferous. This matter will be rectified from now on.

We row with Star. Included in the Star crews at the Picton New Year regatta, were Victoria men Osten, Cutler, E. MacDonald, G. T. Cornick and D. Hartley. There was some success, Star, in fact, bringing home a cup (Youths' Fours) and several pounds in prize money. A good time was had by all. Moustaches will be worn by revisiting V.U.C. rowers next year in an endeavour to remain unrecognised by Picton residents.

Harbour regattas have been held in Wellington on February 17 and March 3, with Varsity rowers in most crews. Chief College event, however, is the eights race at Auckland Easter Tournament. New Zealand rep. Bob Allum, of Star, has picked a crew with a solid basis of seasoned rowers, sprinkled with some novices of promise.

The crew:—Stroke, E. MacDonald; 7, G. T. Cornick; 6, D, Hartley; 5, W. V. Osten; 4, E. M. Benge; 3, N. G. Brown; 2, E. Drummond; bow, G. A. H. Ward. Emergencies are D. Bale and J. Barr.

The Auckland contest, first in some years, will be of interest, and the beginning of the restoration of University rowing in New Zealand. Before this, there must be a restoration of Victoria's previous high standard, and this will be obtained by enlarging our club (our immediate plan) and using our own boats and shed (post war aims). Younger students are very much wanted, and, although the subscription to Star must be paid. Exec. has agreed to help with this.

Those interested (in rowing, not shove happenny) see one of the committee now.

The committee: Club Captain, W. V. Osten; Secretary, G. A. H. Ward.