September 5th, 2016

Rowers are kept busy

Updated: 4:07 pm, May 07, 2015

STRATFORD Boat Club members took to the water over the weekend in diverse places such as Totnes, Abingdon and Stratford.

The recreational crew rowed with members of the Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club and took on the gruelling nine-mile coastal Head of the Dart race from Totnes to Dartmouth.

The men’s crew featuring Tom Doherty and Will McLeod from Stratford completed the course in 55 minutes and the women’s crew including Ruth Winter from Stratford as stroke clocked 60 minutes.

The women’s race featured a near collision as there was a clash of blades a third of the way down the course. The main opposition was Exmouth Boat Club.

Whilst the recreational crew were braving the sea, Stratford’s junior, intermediate, novice and masters squads were out in force at Abingdon Spring Head, the last head race of the season.

A total of 32 crews and singles from Stratford competed in the head race against a total of 394 crews and singles.

Coach Dr Graham Collier said: “Everyone did exceptionally well, with some crew members rowing up a year in their category. The conditions were extremely challenging.

“A lot of effort was put into the event, not only by our crews but also by Stratford parents and coaches.”

Stratford’s W.J13A.4x+ won their category, beating Shiplake Vikings by just over two seconds.

The weekend started well for Stratford Boat Club with an interview on the Lorna Bailey Show on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Radio, discussing rowing and the public involvement in sport.

Members also took time out to party and watch the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races and have their own ergo relay race.

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