Polar Blade At Pink Palace
20 Dec 2011
Affectionately known as the "Pink Palace", Leander Rowing Club is the most prestigious of its kind in the world. You can only become a Member if you are an international oarsperson, have competed in the Boat Race, won at Henley Royal Regatta or through special invitation. Jock has been a proud Member for over 30 years, as well as having held his wedding reception there all those years ago – back in the day when he had some say in the relationship.
To honour his close ties with Leander Jock insisted on taking one ‘pink’ oar (see pic) with him during the expedition. It not only survived multiple sabotage attempts from his fellow crew but also made it to the ’96 Magnetic North Pole in one piece. Having managed to smuggle it back to the UK Jock has recently been awarded one of the greatest honours any oarsperson could hope to receive when the Club asked if the "pink" (or cerise) spoon could be hung in the Club alongside such greats as Sir Steve Redgrave.
Last week Jock met the Leander Club President, Sir George Cox, to formally hand over and sign the spoon.