Issue date: 14 December 2006
The University of the West of England Boat Club (UWEBC) were out in full force on 6 December 2006 on Bristol's historic harbourside for a ceremony to name three new boats. After the ceremony boat club members took take part in the traditional 'Plum Pudding' Races in which the teams are decided by drawing club members' names out of a hat so that rowers of all abilities race in the same boats together.
The naming ceremony was to celebrate the acquisition of three new boat by UWEBC, one Vespoli 8+ (coxed eight) and two Aylings 4X (quads). The boats were unveiled by Alfred Morris CBE who is the High Sheriff Elect of Gloucestershire and Chairman of North Bristol NHS Trust and Alan Wylie from ABA Engineering who is a sponsor of the rowing club and who financed the buying of the two quads.
The ceremony followed the traditional theme of spraying the boats with champagne and then launching them into the water for the first time.