6 February 2019
By Tim Koch
Tim Koch requests the pleasure of your company.
On 12 March 2009, Göran Buckhorn started his first post on his new ‘blogspot’ site by writing ‘Against better judgment I have become a blogger.’ Ten years on from that tentative start, his counter-intuitive decision has resulted in 3,054 posts and 2,023,486 page views. Fortunately, Göran has not had to write all three thousand plus posts himself as he has attracted a regular band of correspondents from the rowing family around the world. Credit must also go to the silent partner at the HTBS Global Headquarters in Connecticut – Mrs. Ellen Buckhorn (‘Mrs B’). Not only did she provide the original impetus that made her reluctant husband put his obscure interest online, she also provided the technical knowledge. Today, she is still the HTBS IT Department.
In the decade since Hear The Boat Sing started, an incalculable number of other blogs and websites have come and gone, most leaving no discernible trace, like the puddles of a novice eight. Strangely, a site mostly concerned with the more obscure aspects of a minority sport has survived and thrived, albeit more like a small cult rather than a mass movement. However, like all worthwhile achievements, this anniversary needs to be marked with a good lunch. Sadly, there is no central meeting point for HTBS’s worldwide readership, so I will be organising a ‘Decennial Luncheon’ in London. Any offers to hold a similar event elsewhere in the world?
The 10th Anniversary lunch will be held at the Auriol Kensington Rowing Club, Hammersmith, London W6, on Saturday, 23 March 2019. Not only will good food, decent wine and like-minded company be on offer, there will also be some splendid aquatic entertainment. In the early afternoon, there will be three races for eights over the Putney to Mortlake course. As part of the Boat Race fixtures, the Oxford Women will race the University of London Women’s First Eight, and the Oxford men will race a Leander crew. Also, for the first time, the Oxford Men’s Lightweights will race the Cambridge Men’s Lightweights over the Tideway Championship Course. As those who know Auriol Kensington’s top floor will confirm, it has a clear view of the entire Hammersmith Bend, about a mile of the course, from Harrods to St Paul’s. The spectating experience is enhanced with a glass of something alcoholic at hand.
The cost should be £29 or less, depending on the numbers. If you are willing and able to attend, please contact me asap: tim(dot)koch123(at)gmail(dot)com