The relationship between King’s and QMUL dates back to the second world war when King’s hosted QMUL boat club in Cambridge. An annual commemorative race between the two clubs was then instated, to be raced alternately on the Cam and on the Thames each year. It seems this tradition ended sometime around 1977 and been reinstated several times since. The exhibit shows a photo of the race in 1973 and two letters, dated 1991 and 1992, when the captains at the time successfully reinstated the fixture. The event seems to have occurred for several consecutive years after this before ceasing again. The tradition was reinstated in January 2015 with a race on the Cam and the event was successfully repeated in the next two years.
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Photograph showing the race (probably on the Tideway) in 1974. [KCAS/5/4/1 (Sally Lund – 5, 1974)]
Letter from Andy Smith (then KCBC secretary) to QMUL boat club, 16 November 1991. [KCAS/5/15]
Letter from QMUL boat club to KCBC, March 1992. [KCAS/5/15]