>Uh, forgot to mention this one, so I'm not surprised it didn't make the list,
>but in high school (Phillips Academy, aka Andover) we rowed a wood eight (a
>King, actually; absodamnlutely the most beautiful boat I've ever seen). The
>official name was the Christina Cabot, but for reasons which had to do mostly
>with our size (average height ~6'3.5", average weight ~190lbs; that's *big*
>for high school), our rowing style (not real pretty, but occasionally damn fast)
>and the fact that we thought torching the boat while we rowed it would look
>*really* cool, we called it the "Viking Death Barge".
>Any of my former teammates out there?
With regard to torching boats, there's a nice Cambridge tradition that
after the Bumps in the Lent and Easter term, the two colleges that ended
"Head of the river" (i.e. mens division and women's) each took the
oldest wooden hulk and burned it as a post rowing dinner celebration.
In 86-89 we had a strong women's section and we were head I think damn
near all the time I was there. With the fact that everyone is
_plastered_ after (if not before the dinner), having a boat burning was
a highly memorable, funny , dangerous, scary, never to be forgotten
piece of larking about. My shoes and DJ still bear some scars.
Another Cambridge tradition that I haven't yet seen repeated outside
that city is the cox buying a bottle of whiskey for the crew, which is
passed down the boat after THE race, and positively must be finished
by the time it reaches bow. It left a great feeling, and definitely
livens up what would otherwise be a dull row to the boat house. The
only time I've been able to repeat this since leaving college, was when
the coxed pair I was in at Evesham captured the Evesham Head record.
Yup we finished the bottle first time between the three of us.
There must be _some_ interesting tradtions/rituals over on this side of
the pond, but I don't know about them. Are there any good ones out
Carnegie Lake RA