MEMBERS of Stratford Boat Club blew away the cobwebs of Christmas indulgence as they took to the water on Boxing Day.
After last year’s regatta was cancelled due to bad weather and a flooded river, junior, senior and veteran rowers braved the cold to take part in the club’s annual scratch regatta.
More than 40 members competed in fours over a short sprint course from the ferry to the club grounds on the town stretch of the River Avon.
And to ensure fair play and safety, starters, umpires, spotters and the safety launch were all in place while crowds watched and cheered from the Recreation Ground, Bancroft Gardens and the Tramway bridge.
The club’s training schedule is now back on target with the first practice upstream mini-head scheduled for Sunday, January 18.
Head coach Andrew Roe, said: “2015 is going to be a great season for Stratford in all categories!”
Stratford Boat Club’s first winning crew. (s)
The second winning crew celebrate. (s)