THERE was good humoured rivalry on the water when the Stratford Boat Club Fun Regatta took place on Sunday.
Although the weather did not attract the crowds hoped for from Birmingham, Coventry, elsewhere in Warwickshire and further afield, it helped by being not too hot.
Cheers from crew supporters and visitors spurred on some 29 crews to their fleeting place in history – winning, surviving, completing the course or being the best well dressed crew on the river!
Paul Hazelwood, Stratford Boat Club’s Fun Regatta organiser and treasurer, said: “This year’s Fun Regatta was another great one in terms of number of local crews from companies and organisations such as Blythe Liggins Solicitors, Royal Leamington Spa, two crews from Warwickshire Young Farmers, Simplify IT Solutions Ltd, Alcester, Barford Cricket Club and BNI Warwick 49ers to name just a few.
“This year we also had several crews of parents of our young rowers. There was fierce competition between mums against dads!
“The ingenuity and effort put into the fancy dress was amazing – Cool Runnings, Hawaii Five-0, Boatylicious and The Cavemen 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.”
Club president Paul Stanton added: “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 a first for us and it proved a great success to have local companies support us in this very exciting year after we have just completed our huge refurbishment and expansion.
“The Fun Regatta helps us to show that rowing isn’t just about serious competition and that 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.”