THERE were some impressive performances from the Stratford Boat Club crews at Peterborough City Rowing Club’s Summer Regatta, including victory for the men’s eight.
Stratford’s masters and senior men’s squads competed on the home club’s dedicated one kilometre, four-lane racing lake on Saturday and in a strong performance there were second places for both the masters coxless quad and the men’s IM2 coxless pair.
The men’s eight won the IM1.8+ as they beat the field by a full two seconds and posted the fastest time of the event (3:02.9) despite an equipment failure mid-race.
Stratford’s Captain of Boats Oliver Smith – stroke-man of the men’s eight – reported: “It was a slightly surprising but a solid win for the club. Our eight has seen better days and when my footplate broke on the start line it was doubtful if we’d last more than a few strokes!
“However, our cox Becky saved the day, wedging her foot in such a way that I could still row, whilst still calling us through our race plan and steering us to victory!”
Ben Gittus-Smith – number seven seat in the men’s eight and stroke-man in the masters quad – said: “We were up against some good competition all day. In both the eight and the quad, competitor crews pushed us hard all the way to the line.
“It’s a shame about the eight being hampered by equipment failure, as I think that our crew had another gear and could have gone much faster again. We’ll see what happens at City of Oxford Royal Regatta this weekend.”