IT HAS been a mixed week for Stratford Boat Club which has followed advice issued by British Rowing instructing all affiliated clubs to cancel all regattas planned up to and including the end of June.
Stratford’s regatta was due to take place on Saturday, June 20 and chairman Dawson Curnock reflected: “It is therefore with regret, but to fall in line with this advice, that we have to cancel our Junior Sprint Regatta in June and we have also decided to cancel our Fun Regatta in July which was due to take place on Saturday, July 11.
“At this point in time, we cannot even think to plan anything else, in any format, until we have further instructions from our sport governing body and the Government itself.
“We have already spoken to the West Midlands Rowing Council and they confirmed no bookings for events later in the year were being taken at the moment.”
Meanwhile, the J16 squad is continuing with home exercising and their training programme set out for them by their coach so they are ready for away regattas once competitive sport is allowed again.
Other members have also been taking advantage of the recent good weather by following the What Three Words orienteering trails and other challenges whilst strictly observing social distancing and other protocols.
Not all the news is gloomy, however, as the club has launched the summer camp courses which it will be running over the holiday period for juniors aged 12 to 18.
Steve Wellstead, the club’s junior co-ordinator, said: “The aim of these camps is to introduce beginners or those with limited rowing to the sport and give them a taste of rowing in a safe environment with the emphasis on fun!”
The camps will be run by level two-qualified British Rowing coaches with a maximum of eight athletes per coach.
Rowing will be on the water when weather and river conditions allow and indoors otherwise. Courses will run between 8am-noon Monday to Friday from the end of July through to late August.
For more details, visit stratford-rowing.co.uk.