ROWING - Stratford Boat Club end year with annual Boxing Day Regatta - The Stratford Observer

ROWING - Stratford Boat Club end year with annual Boxing Day Regatta

Aaron Sutcliffe 2nd Jan, 2024 Updated: 4th Jan, 2024   0

STRATFORD-upon-Avon Boat Club ended the year with their annual Boxing Day Scratch Regatta.

Racing over 600m from the ferry to the club grounds, some 24 rowers and volunteer coxes competed in coxed fours knockout racing.

The draw brought together combinations of adults, juniors and novice rowers with some the club’s former junior athletes returning from university to join in with the fun.

And the winning crew ‘Dancer’ comprised of Rebecca England, Arne Flood, Kjersti Rogneflaten Woolley and Tom Woodcock while the ‘Prancer’ crew won the plate competition.

Rogneflaten Woolley said: “It was great Boxing Day racing.

“Each round had its excitement, first with a crab and the second with a crash of oars and boats, possibly not our prettiest rowing but we went for power and persistence which won through.”

Boat Club president, Paul Stanton, added: “Many thanks go to Dave Edwards, masters men’s vice captain for organising the event, Amanda Bowden, Ian Wilcock, safety officer on the launch and to Dawson Curnock, chairman and starter for running the event.

“The start of 2024 is looking good and the club looks forward to training and competing in local, regional and national head of the river races.”

Women’s masters vice captain, Amanda Boweden, who acted as finish umpire said: “Well done and thanks to all who came down to race and to those who came and supported the event.

“The winners of the plate competition were ‘Prancer’ while the overall winners of the valued chocolates were ‘Dancer’.”

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