PREPARATIONS for this coming Saturday’s Stratford Boat Club regatta are now complete, with the launches and marquees jet washed and cleaned, paintwork on most of the building touched up and new trestles for the boats made and stocks bought for the tea tent, bar and barbecue.
“The critical point this year has been the draw,” says Jen Clements, regatta secretary and club captain.
“Excellent entries have come in from so many clubs including Worcester, Evesham, Cheltenham Ladies, RGS Worcester, Northwich, Llandaff, Hollowell Scullers, Cardiff & Vale Schools, Pengwern, Stowe Sculling Club, Gloucester, Warwick and, of course, our own members.”
This year racing will start early at 8am and races will run throughout the day into the late afternoon. Excellent views of the racing can be seen from the club’s grounds, the Recreation Ground, Bancroft Gardens and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Riverside Cafe and Terrace.
There is extensive pay and display parking on the adjacent Recreation Ground car parks.
Simon Picken, Stratford Boat Club’s treasurer, comments: “We always have so much co-operation from our neighbours and organisations on the river such as the Avon Navigation Trust, the Sea Cadets, Avon Boating, the Environment Agency, Bancroft Cruisers, The Countess of Evesham restaurant boat and Jennifer May Canal & River Tours. Their help is vital to a successful regatta.”
“A lot of hard work goes into organising the regatta,” says Felix Badcock, club president.
“The regatta is a great chance to meet old friends and make new ones not only in the rowing community but from Stratford, Warwickshire and the region in general.
“We’re hoping for record crowds this year again so that Stratford and local residents can enjoy the racing, barbecue, tea tent and bar.”
Stratford Boat Club looks forward to welcoming competing crews, VIPs and guests and especially Stratford and Warwickshire residents and visitors to the town.