MINIONS and Mexicans and a whole lot more took to the water for Stratford Boat Club’s Fun Regatta on Saturday (July 11).
The weather was perfect for racing and the 36 crews competing were cheered on from the riverbank from supporters and visitors.
Organiser Paul Hazelwood said: “This year’s Fun Regatta was the best yet in terms of number of local crews.
“Whilst the standard of rowing wasn’t perhaps up to what our men’s crew had done at Henley Royal Regatta a couple of weeks ago, the ingenuity and effort put into the fancy dress was amazing – Kenilworth Knights, HMS Beagle, Roh-Me-Oh, Tyack Tygers, Mini Massive, The Mexicans, Four Play in a Boat – to name just a few of the more printable ones.
“We’re certain that we’ll see an upsurge of interest in Stratford Boat Club’s Summer Camps and Learn to Row autumn courses from people wanting to try rowing.”
“It was so good to see so many visitors and local residents at the Fun Regatta,” said Paul Stanton, the Club’s President. “It helps us to show that rowing isn’t just about serious competition and that there is also the fun and recreational aspect to our sport. We are a community club and with the final push to raise money for our Pavilion Project to increase the facilities, we will be able to provide sport for all especially those looking for weekday recreation and exercise.”