Old Crocs

Old Members

  • Old members of Rangoon University Boat Club (RUBC) are known as Old Crocs (or Crocodiles).
  • When RUBC was destroyed due to the ravages of war, the Old Crocs rebuilt the Club and provided physical, financial and spiritual support to the members to compete against the best from neighboring countries.
  • During our younger days, there is an “Old Members Race” at the Monsoon and Annual Regattas.
    Contestants range from young Old Members to Past Champions.
  • Old Crocs have mini-reunions.
  • Some (via their children) share memories.
    U Maung Maung Than Tun
    U Chan Tha
    U Tun Shein
    Jimmy Saw Lwin

U San Maung / Gerald Sein (GBNF)

  • Past Secretary and RUBC Gold
  • Brothers : Henry, Hardy
  • Would find time from his work as Production Manager of “Amotha Yoke Shin”, and come down to RUBC to mentor the members (especially the aspiring Golds).
  • Mandate “fixed tub” practice for the members

Dr. Htut Saing / Harry Saing (GBNF)

  • Past Captain and Gold of RUBC
  • Won the Venables Bowl for Coxless Pairs at the 1958 ARAE Regatta in Calcutta with U Tin Htoon
  • Won the Willingdon Trophy for Coxed Fours in the 1960 ARAE Regatta in Colombo with U Tin Htoon, Sunny Teng , Victor Htun Shein and U Sein Htoon
  • Usually rowed as Bow
  • As an exception, he served as Timing Stroke and Coach for the RUBC Eights in 1962.
    U Win Kyi (RUBC Gold) rowed as No. (7).
    There were seven new Golds in that crew : Myo Tin (William), Htain Linn and Mehm Myo Thaung (Maurice) for the Stroke side, Myo Myint, Oung Kyaing and Thein Aung (Micky Tan) for the Bow side and Tin Aung (Victor Wu, Cox).
  • Dr. Pe Nyun (Dick, Past Secretary and Gold of RUBC) and Dr. Htut Saing (Harry) were Pediatric Surgeons at the Rangoon Children Hospital.
    They operated on Ma Nan Soe and Ma Nan San (conjoined twins)
  • Continued working and teaching in Hong Kong.
  • Patron of the Hong Kong Rowing and Sailing Club.
  • Supported RUBC crews in FEARA Regatta at Hong Kong
  • GBNF
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Dr. Harry Saing (on the right)

U Chan Tha

  • Multi-talented athlete.
  • Represented the University of Rangoon in Rowing and Soccer.
  • Burma Selected in Soccer.
  • Past Captain and Gold of RUBC
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U Chan Tha

Wedding of U Maung Maung Than Tun’s Grand Daughter

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U Maung Maung Than Tun
  • There was a mini-reunion of Old Crocs (Old Members of Rangoon University Boat Club) in December 12, 2017.
  • Host : Bohmu Maung Maung Than Tun (retired Ambassador, Gold, Oldest RUBC Past Captain) and family
  • Event: Wedding of U MMTT’s grand daughter (daughter of U Hla Maw Tun, Past Secretary)
  • Attendees :
    U Tun Shein (WillySaing, RUBC Gold),
    Dr. Than Nyun (George, Past Captain and Gold),
    U Tin Htoon (A60, Past Captain and Gold).
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Dr. Than Nyun, U Tun Shein, U Tin Htoon


Many attended the Regattas and the meetings of OMA (Old Members Association)

  • U Tin U (Most senior Past Captain)
  • U Maung Maung Than Tun (Oldest Past Captain)
  • Dr. Myo Tint (Past Captain)
  • U Tin Htut (Past Captain)
  • Dr. Than Nyun (Past Captain)
  • U Tin Htoon (Past Captain)
  • Dr. Tin Wa (Past Captain)
  • U Sein Htoon (Past Captain)
  • U Thaung Lwin (Past Captain)
  • U Htaik San (Henry, Past Captain)
  • U Tun Shein (Willie, Past Secretary)
  • Dr. Donald Chan (Gold)
  • U Tun Aung (George, Gold)
  • U Myo Myint (Gold)
  • U Than Htut (Gold)
  • U Thura Thant Zin (Gold)
  • U Thant Kyaw (Gold)
  • U Tin Myint
  • U Tun Mra
  • U Hla Kyi
  • U Hla Myint (Michael)

Several contributed articles, photos and financial support for printing the 90th Anniversary Issue, and for reprinting Sir Arthur Eggar’s biography.

Sad to note that there was some disjoint between the really young members (who are busy with the competitions) and the really Old Members (especially who travel from abroad to attend the events).

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