Rowing Club hosted its 'home' match, comprising the Junior
/ Masters event on Sunday and the main regatta on Bank Holiday
Monday. The entire event was preceded by a very successful
Dragon Boat racing competition which had over eight crews
from regional rowing clubs and four local crews.
Chairman Bryn Hughes said, 'This year we yet again raised
the standard for delivering an incredible event. We are
delighted that the reputation of the club and its regatta
has such standing that it attracts thousands of competitors
to the town. Hundreds of competitors this year took the
opportunity to camp using the club facilities and being
blessed by near perfect river conditions and weather meant
an excellent day was had by all.'
Ros Rowing Club hosted nearly 50 clubs over the weekend,
from as far apart as Lancaster, Cambridge and Totnes. With
a race every 2 minutes for two days the planning, management
and teamwork required is an fantastic achievement. The great
weather also attracted record crowds who enjoyed the high
The Club was also very successful on the water, amassing
an incredible 18 wins over the 2 days. The Junior Academy
squad was the most successful competing squad on Sunday,
with a fantastic ten wins and on Monday the highlights were
Novice wins for Kerry Meek and Rosie Brandram Jones in double
sculls, Rob Hewlett, Mat Griffiths, Sam Pothecary Charlie
Green and Rhodri Morris coxing in mens Novice IVs and in
ladies Novice VIIIs, Jackie Baynham backed up by Meghan
Rigby, Rosie Lindley, Kelly Morris, Elle Blackwood, Lucy
Jones, Morgan Baynham Williams and Carol Jones (replacing
her daughter Kate!).
Captain Ian Howell added, 'Again the Club proves what extraordinary
results can be achieved when we pull together. The event
on and off the water has an enviable national standing and
will continue to grow in stature and levels of support.
Many thanks to all the members who contributed to making
it such a success.'
went along on both Sunday and Monday to cover the regatta
photographically and on Sunday, I met Olympic Gold Medalist,
Sir Steve Redgrave, who, although now retired from rowing
himself, was at the regatta because his son, Zac was rowing
for Upper Thames Boat Club Juniors. Sir Steve was happy
to pose for a photo for Wyenot News. More scenes from the
regatta can be seen in our WNTV holiday Monday special film.