Stratford upon Avon Boat Club new Explore Rowing squad competed with two crews on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Bewdley: Rosie’s crew, with Jackie, Rory and Celia, and Rona’s crew, with Nils and the two Clares. Nine crews took part in the Explore Rowing regatta, plus a lot of support and hospitality, especially from the crowds leaning out from the pubs on the town bank at Bewdley. A hugely enjoyable event for all!
Cruelly, Stratford’s two crews were drawn together in the first race. Rona’s crew came through as the close winner. In their next two races, Rosie’s crew won one race and very narrowly lost one race, whilst Rona’s crew won both races, finishing top of the table with Bewdley A. There was a showdown race at five o’clock, with Stratford sadly losing by a canvas to a good crew.
Said Nils Purser, squad organiser, “We all enjoyed an exhilarating experience and would like to thank Glyn and the several other coaches and coxes who helped us in what we now realise was essential preparation. This kind of fun is a big step up from our Wednesday morning fun paddles. We have several more events this summer, culminating in Stratford hosting the final event on Sunday 30 October!”
Explore Rowing Learn to Row scheme is a British Rowing initiative to introduce rowing to adults: Stratford upon Avon Boat Club still has some places available on its Explore Rowing Learn to Row courses starting in September.