Stratford Masters Triumph at Bridgnorth!

Stratford upon Avon Boat Club’s Masters Mixed VIII of Charlotte Jones, Rebecca England, Lucy Scarlett, Helen Helliwell, Fiona Schultz, David Philips, David Edwards and Andrew Lear, coxed by Keris, raced at Bridgnorth Regatta on Saturday.

The event was a ‘round robin’ so each crew had three races at 500m: racing was close, providing a great experience especially for those who had never raced (Andrew Lear) and for those who had never raced in an VIII (Lucy Scarlett). Everyone came away excited about future racing and training!

In the afternoon, the Women’s Senior 4+ of Charlotte Jones, Fiona Schultz, Lucy Scarlett and Rebecca England had an eventful time. Unfortunately, the conditions got the better of them and after a couple of misdirected starts, decided that was enough and scratched the last race. They were grateful for the support from the others who were cheering and supported them through the ordeal!

Commenting, Amanda Bowden, Masters Vice Captain said, ”Lots was learnt: onwards and upwards! A huge thanks to the cox Keris who coped with difficult streams and to David Edwards who towed the trailer.”

Meanwhile, back at Stratford on their home stretch of river, Stratford’s junior squads were busy putting in their final training for Stratford upon Avon Boat Club’s own regatta this coming Saturday 15 June. Racing will be from the weir to the Club grounds starting at 08.30 and going on throughout the day until 17.00hrs. Great places to watch the racing are from the RST Riverside Café, the Bancroft Gardens and The Rec

Commenting, Dawson Curnock, Stratford Boat Club Chairman and Regatta Secretary said, “It’s going to be a great day: as well as our own crews, we’ll be welcoming regional crews from Kings School Worcester, Evesham Rowing Club, King Edward V1 Boat Club, Clifton College, Monmouth Comprehensive Schools, Ross Rowing Club, AB Severn Boat Club, Royal Grammar School Worcester, Worcester Rowing Club and Bristol Ariel Rowing Club. It really is going to be a clash of the titans! Over one hundred and twenty races: an action packed day for all!”

For media coverage, see Stratford Herald page forty five and Stratford Observer online and back sports page

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