The 74th Amateur Rowing Association of the East – Far East Amateur Rowing Association (ARAE – FEARA) Rowing Championship hosted by the College of Military Engineering Rowing Club concluded on 16 Jan 2016. The Championship was hosted by the CME Rowing Club after a gap of 27 Years. Eight Clubs from India and Srilanka participated in the ongoing Championship.
The ARAE was formed by the British in 1933 to encourage Rowing activities amongst Rowing Clubs in various British Colonies. It was formed with the Bombay Gymkhana, Calcutta Rowing Club, Karachi Boat Club, Madras Boat Club, Rangoon University Boat Club and Royal Cannaught Boat Club as the founding members. ARAE became ARAE – FEARA in 2005. It is a combinaton of two established associations endeavouring to develop the sport of rowing in the region at amateur level. At present eight countries to include India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, UAE, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong and Pakistan are members of the association.
CME rowing channel is an engineering marvel which could be achieved only by the army engineers. With a length of 2200 m, a width of 135 m and depth of 3.5 m, it meets all the parameters of an Olympic standard rowing course and is well equipped to host international level rowing events.
The spectacular closing ceremony held at the Rowing channel at CME was presided over by Lt Gen V Menon, SM, VSM, Comdt CME. The CME Rowing Club bagged 5 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals. The over all trophy was bagged by Madras Boat Club.