Greg Bryant, previous oarsman and Rowing Master chats to Jeppe Boats and Blades

Staying afloat at Buffalo 

As to Jeppe rowing stories, one of my fondest rowing memories is travelling by train from Joburg to East London for the Buffalo Regatta. We did the trip in ’63 and again in ’64. For a bunch of boisterous teenage boys, it was a terrific adventure. I’m sure Jopie, Nick and Warwick will confirm this. If I remember correctly, in ’63 the Buffalo came down in flood and we won easily because we were the only crew to remain afloat for the duration of the course. Vic Robson, master-in-charge, had seen to it that temporary splash boards were fitted to our boat. All the other crews sank because their masters-in-charge had not had the same foresight. We won in ’64 too and what made that occasion memorable was that we were able to celebrate surreptitiously with champagne, which we had somehow managed to procure and smuggle to East London in our luggage on the train without Vic finding out. It’s strange to think that all happened when we were 17 years old. Last year those digits became reversed when, one after the other, we each turned 71!  

Terry Marsh

#rowbackday Jeppe 1964 1st 4 crew at 3/4 Slides.

With Terry, Jopie, Nick & Warwick.
Photo courtesy of Terry Marsh  

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