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1st September 2010

ROSS REGATTA WEEKEND A 'STUNNING SUCCESS'........

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Ross 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.

Club 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 quality racing.

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!).

Mens 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.'

We 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.


Ross Regatta Weekend.

Olympic gold medalist, Sir Steve Redgrave, whose son Zac was rowing for Upper Thames Boat Club Juniors poses for a photo on Saturday afternoon.

Ross Men's Senior Coxed Four, Steve Randell, Paul Carpenter, Phil Davies and Anthony Dixton-Gough, coxed by Morgan Baynham-Williams
beat Bewdley in the final by two and a half lengths on Monday.

Regatta Monday.

Best Novice 8.

Jonathan Preece, Kerry, Rosie and Ian Howell.

WJII quad - Jonathan Preece, Gabby, Issy, Emily, Fran and Rowan.
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