A marvellous late summer day with the weather ideal for racing! Great participation from crews local and further afield from Stourport Boat Club, Evesham Rowing Club, Derwent Rowing Club, Bridgenorth Rowing Club, Warwick Boat Club, A B Severn Boat Club, Hereford Rowing Club as well as major entries from Stratford upon Avon Boat Club and sister club King Edward V1 School Boat Club. The regatta this year had three divisions, twenty nine events and eighty one separate races starting at 09.30 and running all day through until a prompt close
at 16.30hrs! Stratford Boat Club managed over fifteen wins during the day.
Dawson Curnock, Stratford Boat Club’s Chairman and Regatta Secretary said, “This year we were very heartened by the huge turn out from local and distant clubs and the interest from the public who also had the bonus of having the Stratford Town Food Festival closeby. A massive thanks to all our sponsors especially Kitchens by Dexter, hard working Stratford Boat Club members, visiting crews, umpires and officials and especially the public for supporting the event. We were especially honoured to have Stratford upon Avon Town Council Mayor Councillor Kate Rolfe and her consort and Councillor Christopher Kettle, Chairman of Stratford on Avon District Council attend the regatta.”
Paul Hazelwood, Stratford Boat Club’s Treasurer commented. “It was a long day’s racing: 175 beefburgers, 12kg of sausages, 4kg of bacon, 20kg of sliced onions and 300 buns all from local suppliers were consumed as well as dozens of cakes and snacks: what a magnificent day topped by great racing! We decided to stay with the shortened 650 metre 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.”
For media coverage, see Stratford Herald pages sixteen and fifteen and online http://www.stratford-herald.com/102326-rescheduled-stratford-regatta-hailed-roaring-success.html and Stratford Observer online https://stratfordobserver.co.uk/sport/regatta-is-hailed-a-great-success
For more great photographs of the 2019 regatta, see Stuart Baines’ excellent selection https://1drv.ms/u/s!AiW2DAyn9tg9jbFR30p-Fy1vZSQlRw?e=bofV9V