Rangoon University Boat Club (RUBC) was founded by Sir Arthur Eggar (Law Professor) in 1923. He rowed at Cambridge University and popularized the Egg-Bairn rowing style. He was impressed with the prowess of the Burmese Laung rowers and wanted to introduce the Western rowing style to RU students. He pledged a third of his Professor’s salary for running the Boat Club.
In the mid 1950s, Sir Arthur Eggar wrote an autobiography for the Guardian Magazine and was published in three issues.
The early RUBC crews competed against RBC (Rangoon Boat Club), Burmese Laung rowers and the Inlay Leg-rowers.
Sir Arthur was elected Life President of RUBC. A bronze bust was displayed on the Club Promontory (before the Adhamma Era).
His successors include Commodore Than Pe. U Tun Thoung, Sithu U Tin and Saya William Paw.
The 40th Anniversary Regatta was cancelled due to “disturbances” and “security concerns” in 1963.
Sithu U Tin (President) decided NOT to cancel the 40th Anniversary Dinner at Kandawgyi.
Sithu U Tin, U Po Zon and U Tin Htoon compiled the history of RUBC and published in the souvenir program.
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary, U Tin Htoon and several Old Members compiled a Souvenir Magazine.
U Tin Htoon chaired the Souvenir Magazine Sub-Committee.
U Myo Myint was Vice-Chair.
U Htaik San (Henry Kao) was Secretary.
I was a Contributing Editor. I wrote Prelude for every section. I also wrote three articles.
In addition, the group donated towards the cost of reprinting Sir Arthur’s Autobiography (which would be of interest not only to rowing enthusiasts but law students and staff).