STRATFORD Boat Club’s new Explore Rowing squad were in action on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Bewdley.
There were two Stratford crews – Rosie’s with Jackie, Rory and Celia and Rona’s with Nils and the two Clares.
Nine crews took part in the Explore Rowing Regatta, for which there was lots of hospitality and support, especially from the crowds leaning out from the pubs on the town bank at Bewdley which made it a hugely enjoyable event for all.
Cruelly, Stratford’s two crews were drawn together in the first race and Rona’s crew came through as the close winner.
In their next two races, Rosie’s crew won one race and very narrowly lost the other, whilst Rona’s crew won both races to finish top of the table with Bewdley A.
There was a showdown race between the table-toppers at 5pm and Stratford lost by a canvas to a good crew.
Stratford squad organiser Nils Purser said: “We all enjoyed an exhilarating experience and would like to thank Glyn and the several other coaches and coxes who helped us in what we now realise was essential preparation.
“This kind of fun is a big step up from our Wednesday morning fun paddles.
“We have several more events this summer, culminating in Stratford hosting the final event on Sunday, October 30.”
The Explore Rowing Learn to Row scheme is a British Rowing initiative to introduce rowing to adults and Stratford Boat Club still has some places available on its courses starting in September.