Kitchens by Dexter Stratford Boat Club Regatta: Great Success!

© Mark Williamson, Stratford Herald

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

© Mark Williamson, Stratford Herald

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.”

© Mark Williamson, Stratford Herald

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 and Stratford Observer online

For more great photographs of the 2019 regatta, see Stuart Baines’ excellent selection!AiW2DAyn9tg9jbFR30p-Fy1vZSQlRw?e=bofV9V

Kitchens by Dexter, Regatta by Dexter!

Preparations for the rescheduled Stratford upon Avon Boat Club regatta on Saturday 21 September 2019 have been saved by local kitchen design and installation company, Kitchens by Dexter

Picture courtesy of Stratford Observer

“A lot of hard work goes into planning a regatta and the lifeline that Kitchens by Dexter have thrown us has meant that Stratford Boat Club’s regatta can finally be rescheduled for Saturday 21 September”, says Dawson Curnock, Stratford Boat Club Chairman

The Club’s June regatta had to be cancelled for safety reasons as the River Avon was high and fast flowing after continuous heavy rain. As well as Stratford’s own crews, the rescheduled regatta already has entries from local, regional and national clubs such as Abingdon Rowing Club, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Rowing Club, Cardiff & Vale Schools Rowing Academy, Evesham Rowing Club, Hereford Cathedral School, King Edward The Sixth School Boat Club, King’s School Worcester Boat Club, Ross Rowing Club and Royal Grammar School Worcester Boat Club.

Jamie Hall, Director at Kitchens by Dexter said, “We had already pledged to be a Gold Sponsor for Stratford’s June regatta and shared the Club’s disappointment when it had to be cancelled. Stepping up to be the Headline Sponsor is, we feel, the right thing to do to help a local club. Our philosophy, which has developed over twenty years of business, is the same as the Boat Club’s – to have happy and contented clients and members.

Paul Stanton, the Club’s President said, “Stratford upon Avon Boat Club is most grateful to Kitchens by Dexter for stepping in as Headline Sponsor making our rescheduled regatta viable again so that we can continue to encourage and provide sport for those in the Warwickshire area. We also look forward to welcoming competing crews, VIPs and guests and especially Stratford and Warwickshire residents and visitors to the town down to the river on Saturday 21 September to watch and enjoy what will be an action-packed day.”

For media coverage, please see Stratford Observer online and Stratford Herald page sixteen and online