Ironbridge Regatta washed away again!

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012 08:49 Written by Administrator

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Ironbridge Regatta is rowed over 1000m on the River Severn in the scenic Ironbridge Gorge. Normally a popular and well-run event, for the second year in succession it had to be abandoned as rising river levels covered the landing stages and the fast stream made conditions at the start dangerous for competitors. But this was after the Nottingham Rowing Club Masters C eight had rowed and won the Intermediate 2 final.

The crew of Clare Angus (cox), Paul Williamson (stroke), Chris Royles, John Austen, Graham Angus, Mike Fay, Jim Measures, Chris Beesley and Damian Cooke is coached by Heidi Dobbs, who felt that the real incentive to win was a keg of the local brew Ironbridge Gold which the crew duly won (and consumed).

Ironbridge joins a growing list of regattas that have been cancelled as a result of flooding caused by this summer's unusually high rainfall. Certainly the club’s wish to set up yet another record of wins has been halted by the lack of places to race at.