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In the year 1929 an idea of an Eastern Henley, visualized by Mr. L.H. Macklin of Calcutta Rowing Club laid the foundation of the Amateur Rowing Association of the East after four years of sowing the seed i.e. in 1933. The first regatta was held at Poona in 1933. In 1935, the ARAE association won its first challenge trophy for Coaxed Four Oared race. The Pair Oars Trophy and the Sculling Trophy were also awarded to the association in the same year. In the year 1872, the Hoogly Cup was instituted as a Challenge Cup and later in 1956 it was incorporated into ARAE Regatta. It consisted of 6 trophies with 2 rounds each- the Willingdon trophy, Venables bowl, Macklin sculls, losers’ fours, losers’ pairs and losers’ sculls.
The Amateur Rowing Association of the East was being britisher’s inheritance when the leading rowing clubs in the East united to encourage and support the spirited rowing between themselves. The organizers, who initiated the ARAE were –The Calcutta Rowing Club, Bombay Gymkhana Club, Madras Boat Club, Karachi Boat Club, Royal Connaught Boat Club and Rangoon Boat Club. Presently, ARAE has 17 or more associate clubs across Asia.
A rowing championship is planned by the ARAE annually hosted by different clubs each year. The rowers compete to achieve victory and receive the esteemed rowing trophies, which include the women’s Adyar Trophy and the men’s Hoogly Cup for overall championship winners.