STRATFORD Boat Club’s annual Scratch Regatta took place early on Boxing Day morning when more than 50 members managed to leave their beds after the over-indulgence of the Christmas festivities.
Crews were supported by friends and relatives who came down to the river to watch the spectacle and cheer.
“This year the Scratch Regatta had each crew racing in two races. The crews were selected from junior, senior and masters squads to ensure close and exciting racing,” said coach Helen Smith, joint organiser.
“All races were over a short sprint course from the Ferry to the Club grounds on the Town stretch of the River Avon.”
Racing provided great interest to early morning sightseers and visitors watching from the Recreation Ground, The Royal Shakespeare Terrace, Bancroft Gardens and The Tramway Bridge.
Dawson Curnock, chairman of Stratford Boat Club, added: “The Scratch Regatta caught the imagination of all who came down to the river and gave us added impetus to move further ahead for fund-raising in 2018 to achieve the funds to refurbish and replace our fleet and equipment.”
Stratford Boat Club members will be back on the river this week and after the new year – training hard for the 2018 head season, the senior squad’s entry at Henley Royal Regatta and their own regatta in June.