Row­ing club seeks spon­sor for nam­ing boat

Bray People - - NEWS -

BRAY ROW­ING CLUB is look­ing for spon­sor­ship for the nam­ing of its new boat, which was built by mem­ber Terry Keogh.

Terry worked through­out the win­ter months to have the boat ready in time for the up­com­ing 2014 sea­son. Work started last Septem­ber, and with the fi­nal touches cur­rently be­ing made, all that re­mains is for the boat to be named be­fore she can be launched.

‘We are very lucky to have a boat builder as skilled as Terry Keogh within the club,’ said club cap­tain Robert Byrne. ‘ As a club, we are re­ally ex­cited by the prospect of com­pet­ing in a top-end boat such as this.’

The boat, crafted from Cana­dian Spruce and White Oak, has taken 1,000 man hours to build.

The club saved a large amount of money thanks to the gen­eros­ity of club mem­bers such as Terry and Noel Matthews who worked on the boat for free.

How­ever the cost of the raw ma­te­ri­als must be cov­ered. Spon­sors have un­til May 2 to come for­ward.

‘With the aver­age life­span of a boat be­ing 40 years we see this spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­nity as hav­ing great po­ten­tial for some­body to cre­ate a long term con­nec­tion with the club and the sea­side her­itage of the town,’ said Robert. Any­one in­ter­ested in se­cur­ing the nam­ing rights can send an email to bray­row­ing­club@gmail.com A de­ci­sion will be made and an­nounced on May 9. Once the name has been ap­plied to the boat, a cer­e­mony will be held to bless and launch the boat on Bray Seafront be­fore the 2014 sea­son com­mences in June.

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