10th Dec, 2016

Boxing Day fun awaits on the water

Liam Moakes 22nd Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

STRATFORD Boat Club’s Boxing Day Scratch Regatta has become a firm fixture on the club’s calendar – allowing athletes to blow away the over-indulgence of Christmas and set their sights firmly on serious training for the 2016 season – and it returns again this year.

More than 40 athletes traditionally brave the cold and damp to take part in the Scratch Regatta, competing in fours over a short sprint course from the Ferry to the club grounds on the Town stretch of the River Avon.

Oli Smith, Stratford’s Captain of Boats, said: “We pick crews from names entered into a draw based on gender, age and ability so all the crews are more or less equal, ranging from members of the junior squad right through to masters.”

To ensure fair play and safety, starters, umpires, spotters and the safety launch will all be in place whilst crowds can watch and cheer from the Recreation Ground, The Royal Shakespeare Terrace, Bancroft Gardens and The Tramway Bridge.

“The training schedule will be back on target the first weekend after the new year,” said Andrew Roe, Head Coach at Stratford Boat Club.

“2016 is going to be a great season for Stratford in all categories.”

Come down to the river on Boxing Day and enjoy the racing which begins at 9.30am.