STRATFORD Boat Club holds its Fun Regatta on Saturday (July 13).
Crews – made up of work colleagues and friend – will be competing side by side in the club’s ‘learn-to-row’ stable boats after just three hours training.
Fun Regatta joint organiser Simon Price says “We’d like to encourage people to come down to the Boat Club or the river to support the crews. It is great to watch as there’s lots of splashing, some crazy outfits and plenty of competitive banter.”
Racing starts at 10am and continues until around 5.30pm.
Joint organiser Chris Belcher added: “It is a fabulous fun day for all the family and it also helps the club raise vital funds to buy boats and equipment for future and current athletes.
“We’re very grateful for the support of all our hard working members who run the regatta, tea tent and barbecue. We’re especially grateful to our river neighbours for their tolerance during this event.”
Each team or crew of four are given three one hour training sessions ahead of the race day with one the boat club’s volunteer coaches. On the day of the Fun Regatta, each crew are given a cox and compete in a minimum of three side-by-side races. The fastest crews qualify for the semi-finals and the finals
Crews use stable ‘Learn to Row’ boats part funded by a grant from Stratford Town Trust. These are also used all year round for those taking part in the club’s courses and help beginners gain confidence and skills as they take up and progress within the sport
Club chairman Dawson Curnock said: “After the cancellation of our fine boat in June, we’re more than ready to go with the Fun Regatta.
“Following the River Festival last weekend we know the Fun Regatta is going to be a great day. There is great viewing from the Rec, RSC terrace, Bancroft Gardens and the club grounds where there will be a barbecue, tea tent and bar. All are very welcome.”
Visit www.stratford-rowing.co.uk for further details.