On the weekend of 4-6th October, Bristol’s Ariel Rowing Club welcomed their partners since 1981 Linden Ruderverein of Hannover, and had an action-packed weekend. The weather was kind, and so the races they planned were a great success, with Ariel winning the Bristol-Hannover Challenge cup on this occasion. Saturday night saw the annual black tie dinner, and on Sunday more relaxed rowing in the sunshine, when BHC’s Chair, Ann Kennard and husband Tony were invited to the President’s lunch at the club’s boathouse. The sunny weather meant that the visitors could be taken to Sand Point for a picnic later on, and then have a lively evening at the Old Duke in King St. There is a plan afoot to make a film of Ariel’s oldest member, George Evans, 95, who rowed in a short race with the Hannoverians – but he has an interesting history going back to D-Day – so watch this space!