Rowing (Notes)

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October 4, 2020

Rowing in Myanmar

  • Laung (7 paddlers of more)
  • Leg rowers (of Inlay)

Rowing Clubs

  • Cambridge University
    Home club of Sir Arthur Eggar
  • RBC (Rangoon Boat Club)
    Exclusive for Europeans and Anglo-Burmese
  • RUBC (Rangoon University Boat Club)
    Founded in 1923 by Sir Arthur Eggar (Law Professor, RU)
    Sir Arthur pledged one-third of his salary for the Clubs operation
    Sir Arthur donated a Challenge Cup (Pewter and brooches) for the Senior Novices
    U Nyo’ s donation to RU Estate helped build the RUBC Club House
    U Nyo donated a Challenge Cup (for the Inter-Club Eights)
  • Defense Services Rowing Club
    Initially from Burma Navy
  • Marine Youth (Ye Gyaung Lu Nge)


  • Rag Regatta
    One day event
    Finalists for the Novices race are seeded for Monsoon Regatta
  • Monsoon Regatta
  • Annual Regatta
  • Inter-Varsity
    e.g. CURC
  • ARAE
    e.g. Calcutta, Colombo
    e.g. Hong Kong, Singapore

Challenge Cups

  • President’s Challenge Cup
    For Inter-Club Coxed Eights
  • Prime Minister’s Challenge Cup
    For Inter-Club Coxed Fours

Commemorative Publications

  • 40th Anniversary Issue (in 1963)
    Sithu U Tin
    U Po Zon
    U Tin Htoon
  • 90th Anniversary Issue (in 2013)
    U Tin Htoon (Chair)
    U Myo Myint (Vice Chair)
    U Htaik San (Henry Kao, Secretary)
    U Hla Min (Contributing Editor)
  • Sir Arthur Eggar’s Autobiography
    Reprint funded by selected Old Members

Old Members

Old members of RUBC (Rangoon University Boat Club) are fondly 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. The contestants range from young Old Members to the iconic Past Champions.

The Old Crocs have their mini-reunions where ever possible. They also share memories of the precious photos (e.g. of U Chan Tha, Jimmy Saw Lwin, …)

U San Maung (GBNF)

U San Maung (Gerald Sein, GBNF) is a Past Secretary and RUBC Gold. He is the elder brother of U Yan Shin (Hardy). He 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). He would mandate “fixed tub” practice for the members.

Dr. Htut Saing (Harry, GBNF)

Dr. Htut Saing (Harry Saing, GBNF) is Past Captain and Gold of RUBC.
He was ARAE Champion twice :

  • the Venables Bowl for Coxless Pairs at the 1958 ARAE Regatta in Calcutta with U Tin Htoon (A60)
  • the Willingdon Trophy for Coxed Fours in the 1960 ARAE Regatta in Colombo with U Tin Htoon (A60), Sunny Teng (relocated to Canada), Victor Htun Shein (GBNF) and U Sein Htoon (M63, Cox)

He usually rowed as Box on the RUBC crews. As an exception, he served as Timing Stroke and Coach for the RUBC Eights in 1962. U Win Kyi (RUBC Gold, son of Miss Hong Kong (Ms. Amelia Kyi) rowed as No. (7). There were seven new Golds in that crew : Myo Tin (William Hone), Htain Linn and Mehm Myo Thaung (Maurice) for the Stroke side, Myo Myint (EC67), Oung Kyaing and Thein Aung (Micky Tan) for the Bow side and Tin Aung (Victor Wu, Cox).

Dr. Pe Nyun (Dick, Past Captain and Gold of RUBC) and Dr. Htut Saing (Harry) are Pediatric surgeons at the Rangoon Children Hospital. They are known for operating on Ma Nan Soe and Ma Nan San.

Dr. Htut Saing continued working and teaching in Hong Kong. He became Patron of the Hong Kong Rowing and Sailing Club. He would fully support the RUBC crews competing in the FEARA Regatta in Hong Kong.

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Dr. Thein Toe and Dr. Htut Saing


U Tin U, U Maung Maung Than Tun, Saya U Tin Htut, Saya Dr. Than Nyunt (George), U Tin Htoon, Dr. Donald Chan, U Tun Shein (Willie), U Tun Aung (George), U Sein Htoon, Dr. Tin Wa, U Myo Myint, U Thura Thant Zin, U Htaik San (Henry), and several Old Crocs attended Regattas (especially the 90th Anniversary of the founding of RUBC).

Most of them contributed articles, photos and financial support for printing the commemorative issue, and for reprinting Sir Aurthur 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).

My Journey

  • Senior Novices Runner-up (in 1963)
    Myint Soe (Willie Soe Maung, Stroke, GBNF)
    Kyaw Wynn (3)
    Hla Min (2)
    Maung Maung Kyi (Bow)
    Myint Thein (Cox)
  • Honorary Treasurer (1964 – 65)
  • Vice Captain (1965 – 66)
  • Contributing Editor for 90th Anniversary Issue (in 2013)
    Prelude for each section
    Three articles
  • Donated for reprint of Sir Arthur’s Autobiography
  • Memories of RUBC
    Series in YUBC Old Members Facebook Group

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