NOW in its 16th year, Saturday’s Stratford Fun Regatta will attract competitors from local companies, villages and groups of friends.
Around 20 crews, with just three hours’ training behind them, will compete in a number of ‘side-by-side’ races in the club’s ‘learn-to-row’ boats, often in wacky fancy dress.
Fun Regatta organiser Wallace Brown said: “We’d like to encourage people to come down to the boat club or the river to support the crews. It is great to watch as there’s lots of splashing, some crazy outfits and plenty of competitive banter!
“We have a barbecue with Stratford’s Barry The Butcher burgers, a bar and tea tent running all day.
“It is a fabulous fun day for all the family and also helps the club raise vital funds to buy boats for future and current athletes. We’re very grateful for the support of The Deeley Group for sponsoring the event this year.”
Racing starts at 10am and the victors will hopefully be crowned by 5.30pm – other water traffic permitting.
Each crew are given a cox and compete in a minimum of three side-by-side races. The fastest crews qualify for the semi-finals and the finals.