SUNDAY’S Gloucester Spring Head on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal brought considerable success for Stratford Boat Club.
In only their second race, the women’s novice coxed four claimed a very commendable second place to Royal Grammar School Worcester by a mere eight seconds.
Coach Helen Smith said: “This was an excellent performance by a relatively inexperienced crew who are continually improving.”
Stratford Masters rowers Richard Nelson, Gary Clay and Thomas Doherty continued their fine run of form in a Bridgnorth composite eight as they recorded their third straight win in the Masters’ C/D/E division, beating a quality Monmouth Masters C crew into second place by 20 seconds.
Clay said: “Whilst this wasn’t our best row, we dealt reasonably well with the choppy conditions and look forward to an improved performance at the North of England Head as we continue to build up to the National Eights Head in London.”
Stratford’s sister club King Edward VI Grammar School won the Novice 4+ and WJ18 1X and their novice eight was third in their event and third in their division.
Esme Booth, who rows for both Stratford and KES, was in fine form and was the fastest sculler – including males – in Division Two.