STRATFORD Boat Club’s Fun Regatta took place on Sunday amidst good-humoured rivalry.
Although the crowds hoped for from Birmingham, Coventry, Warwickshire and further afield did not appear in great numbers, the weather helped by being not too hot.
Cheers from crew supporters and visitors spurred on some 22 crews to their fleeting place in history – winning, surviving, completing the course or being the best well dressed crew on the river!
Dawson Curnock, organiser and Stratford BC chairman-elect, said: “This year’s Fun Regatta, our 15th, was another great one in terms of number of local crews from companies and organisations such as Robert Welch from Chipping Camden and Paxford Cricket Club to name just a few.
“This year we also had several crews from parents of our young rowers, so there was fierce competition against mums against dads.”
He added: “The ingenuity and effort put into the fancy dress was amazing. Flower Power, Jim’s Privates, The Mummies, Riversvoir Dogs, Pie & Lattes and Marooned Pirates brought a smile to everybody’s face!
“Already we’ve seen several competitors sign up for Stratford Boat Club’s autumn Learn to Row courses for those wanting to try rowing even more seriously or just for recreational exercise.”
President Paul Stanton said: “We enjoyed hosting so many visitors and local residents at the Fun Regatta.
“This year we were so pleased to have NFU Mutual’s Stratford agent sponsor the Fun Regatta. This was only the second time for us and it proved a great success to have local companies support us in this very exciting year when we have done so well in local and national regattas and Henley Royal Regatta.
“The Fun Regatta helps us show rowing isn’t just about serious competition and there is also the fun and recreational aspect to our sport.
“We are a community club and NFU Mutual’s Stratford agent’s support will help us to pay for our increase in facilities and increase our ability to provide sport for all, especially those looking for weekday recreation and exercise.”