21st Oct, 2016

Regatta makes splash once again

Evesham Editorial 11th May, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE ANNUAL Evesham Rowing Club regatta once again made a splash in the Vale and attracted competitors and visitors from across the country.

A packed Bank Holiday weekend of action took place on Saturday and Sunday (May 2 and 3) as the club played host to two days of top class racing on the River Avon.

Dubbed the ‘Henley of the Midlands’ the event attracted a host of spectators who lined the banks of the River Avon in the heart of the town to enjoy the spectacle and sport.

A full calendar of races kicked off early on each day with Saturday’s competition over a 1,000-metre course while Sunday was dedicated to a 500-metre ‘sprint’ event.

Races are grouped according to age, experience and number of people to a boat.

All races are run in accordance with British Rowing’s rules of racing and with a race every five minutes, there was plenty to see.

Evesham Rowing Club also has adaptive rowing facilities, which means competitors with disabilities could take part.

Pauline Pollard, Club Captain, said: “This was a key event in our annual calendar and a chance for the club to show off the town all we have to offer.

“We attract competition from across the West Midlands region and beyond and the races are always hard-fought.” she added.

In excess of 50 businesses lent their support to the iconic event on the Evesham event’s calendar.

Members of the public were also invited to enjoy the hospitality of the Boat House, which has a licensed bar and which offered refreshments throughout the two days.

Visit www.erc.club for more information and all the results from a packed weekend of action.

Fiona Macrce and Lucy Taylor take to the water. EVEOB2

Emilie Culwick, Lucy Roper, Olga Hall, Ellie Lewis compete in the wj164+ race. EVEOB7

Cox ED Bragg gives her instructions. EVEOB6

Double Scols Jacob Organ and Richard Gosling. EVEOB5

The event attacted even passing spectators. EVEOB4

A rower prepares to take to the water. EVEOB3