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Making waves at Stratford Boat Club's junior regatta




DESPITE having to adhere to Covid-19 restrictions, Stratford BC’s junior regatta was hailed a roaring success.

Stratford Boat Club's Amelie Sartain and Freya Watts pictured celebrating their women's J18 doubles win. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8941
Stratford Boat Club's Amelie Sartain and Freya Watts pictured celebrating their women's J18 doubles win. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8941

With the ideal weather for racing on Saturday, crews local and further afield from Evesham, Stourport, Hereford, Beckett School RC (Nottingham), Worcester, AB Severn RC (Tewkesbury), Pengwern BC (Shrewsbury), Lagan Scullers’ Club (Belfast), Marlow, City of Oxford and Agecroft RC (Salford) attended the event, which also attracted major entries from Stratford BC.

Declan McGilloway, left, made the trip from his home in Northern Ireland to row at the regatta in the AR3 scull and doubles races after which he was pictured with Mayor of Stratford Cllr Kevin Taylor, Pauline Grant, mayoress, and Paul Stanton, Stratford Boat Club president. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8940
Declan McGilloway, left, made the trip from his home in Northern Ireland to row at the regatta in the AR3 scull and doubles races after which he was pictured with Mayor of Stratford Cllr Kevin Taylor, Pauline Grant, mayoress, and Paul Stanton, Stratford Boat Club president. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8940

This year’s regatta had three divisions and two adaptive divisions, meaning there was a total of 116 separate races on the day, with all the action getting under way at 8.30am and finishing at 4.30pm.

Regatta secretary Dr Graham Collier said: “This year we were very heartened by the huge turnout from local and distant clubs, and the interest from the public who also had the bonus of having the food festival close by.

“A massive thanks to all our hard working boat club members, visiting crews, umpires and officials, and especially the public for supporting the event. We were especially honoured to have Mayor of Stratford Cllr Kevin Taylor attend.”

Cheering on the Stratford rowers. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8954
Cheering on the Stratford rowers. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8954

Junior co-ordinator and course marshal Steve Wellstead said: “It was a long day’s racing. We decided to stay with the shortened 650m course to ensure the safety of all the competitors and river users.

"We were especially grateful for the help and tolerance of those operators who work and make their living on the river.”

Stratford Boat Club's Fleur Griffiths won the WJ18 single sculler final. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8958
Stratford Boat Club's Fleur Griffiths won the WJ18 single sculler final. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8958

Head adaptive coach Mark Dewdney added: “It was very heartening to see at least 15 adaptive races in two divisions and the fact that an adaptive sculler came over from Belfast to compete in our regatta speaks volumes.

“To see the effort that the adaptive athletes, helpers and supporters put into racing was very humbling and gratifying.”

The Stratford Boat Club WJ18 coxless quad winning crew of Ruby Howells, Lucy Browne, Harriet Holmes, Bella Chappelhow beat Worcester RC in their final. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8968
The Stratford Boat Club WJ18 coxless quad winning crew of Ruby Howells, Lucy Browne, Harriet Holmes, Bella Chappelhow beat Worcester RC in their final. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8968
Stratford Boat Club's Rona Fitzpatrick and Gillian Middleton, far side, rowing in their adaptive women's doubles race. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8976
Stratford Boat Club's Rona Fitzpatrick and Gillian Middleton, far side, rowing in their adaptive women's doubles race. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8976
Stratford Boat Club rowers at the Stratford Regatta last Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8989
Stratford Boat Club rowers at the Stratford Regatta last Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8989
Stratford Boat Club's Hattie Throstle and Paola Ward before their adaptive women's doubles race. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8996
Stratford Boat Club's Hattie Throstle and Paola Ward before their adaptive women's doubles race. Photo: Mark Williamson S95/9/21/8996


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