For more than 80 years C.A.I. has maintained a strong, proud, rowing tradition, producing excellent crews, year after year, that have competed successfully throughout Great Britain and Ireland. From C.A.I. crews, oarsmen have gone on to excel further in club and national crew boats basing their success on the comprehensive and complete rowing platform that they obtained, thanks to their experiences at CAIBC.
Over the last decade alone, old boys have competed at all levels; Junior, lightweight and senior in events such as the Home international regatta, the Coupe de la Jeunesse, the Commonwealth rowing Championships, World Cup regattas, World Championships and even as recent as 2012, the Olympics. Within University and Club crews, C.A.I. oarsmen have won elite events at British and Irish Championships as well as at the world renowned Henley Royal Regatta. Old boys have further excelled in the fields of club organisation and coaching of rowing and the survival and success of the C.A.I. club in recent years owes much to this facet.
Due to the costs and time associated with the sport of rowing, we believe that it falls within the responsibilities of old boy oarsmen to help, as they have the passion and desire to support such a great establishment. It cannot be doubted that each old boy rower owes much to the boat club that has not only given them success on the water and the opportunity to row at unprecedented heights but has also provided many great friendships, experiences and key lessons for life.
This is why we have set up COBRA. The short term aim was to support CAIBC financially as well as in terms of administration and coaching, to help develop this 80 year old, proud rowing tradition. Our original long term aims were to act as a supporters club for CAIBC and to provide a body within which old boy oarsmen may keep in touch with each other and even compete together.
As CAI and Coleraine High School amalgamated in September 2015, the COBRA members welcomed the opportunity to continue to support the club as it takes it’s new shape under the guise of CGSRC. As such, COBRA will continue to promote the sport of rowing in Coleraine and neither our short or long term aims have changed. We look forward to the continued success of the club and welcoming new oarsmen and oarswomen into our organisation!
We realise as indeed you must too, that this will not be easy and will require both practical and financial support from those who can proudly say that they themselves were once CAI/CGS rowers. COBRA has been set up as a nonprofit organisation, with membership open to all, who have had or have a connection with CAI/CGS and/or who have an interest in the sport of rowing. The yearly membership fee is set at £60, with this and other donations used solely to obtain the above objectives. If you would be interested in finding out more, please contact us at chairman @ cobrarowing.co.uk (remove the 2 spaces from the email address and put “COBRA” in the subject title to avoid the spam detector).
COBRA has been set up as a charity for tax purposes with all donations used solely to obtain the above objectives. If you would like to make a donation, please get in touch with us and we can provide a Gift Aid declaration form, which when completed, obtains from the Inland Revenue a further donation by way of the relevant % of Income Tax. You must pay an amount of income tax and/or Capital Gains tax at least equal to the tax that the charity reclaims on your donations in the tax year (currently 28p for each £1 you give).