ROWING - Stratford Boat Club’s annual summer regatta to take place this weekend - The Stratford Observer

ROWING - Stratford Boat Club’s annual summer regatta to take place this weekend

PREPARATIONS for Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club’s annual summer regatta are almost complete with the event to take place this coming Saturday (June 15).

The club have tidied up the grounds and building while the rowing and sculling blades have seen a fresh coat of paint and boats checked to competition standard in preparation for the regatta.

Crews from Kings School Worcester, Evesham Rowing Club, King Edward VI Boat Club, Clifton College, Monmouth Comprehensive Schools, Ross Rowing Club, AB Severn Boat Club, Royal Grammar School Worcester, Worcester Rowing Club and Bristol Ariel Rowing Club will compete against Stratford.

Stratford Boat Club chairman and regatta secretary, Dawson Curnock, said: “A lot of hard work goes into planning the regatta, we’ve already put up our marquees and organised the rota of volunteers.

“Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club looks forward to welcoming competing crews, guests and especially Stratford and Warwickshire residents and visitors to the town down to watch and enjoy what is going to be an action packed day.

“It really is going to be a clash of the titans, over 120 races, an action packed day for all.”




Stratford Boat Club’s president, Paul Stanton, added: “The regatta and also the fun regatta on July 13 are very weather dependent events and without all the hard work put in by our volunteers, we couldn’t risk holding the regattas.

“We are also amazingly lucky to have help from other river organisations such as the Avon Navigation Trust, Avon Boating, the Environment Agency, Bancroft Cruisers, Canal and River Tours, the Countess of Evesham and also the co-operation of those who make their living on the river.”


The regatta has been taking place in Stratford since 1879 with racing to take place on the town stretch of the river from Holy Trinity Church to the club grounds by the Tramway Bridge.

Racing will begin at 8.30am and finish at around 5.30pm with over 128 races to take place over the course of the day.

The regatta attracts a lot of interest from visitors to the town who come down to the Bancroft Gardens and the Recreation Ground to enjoy the racing.

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