Regatta washout continues


Monday, 16 July 2012 11:41 Written by Administrator


Burton-on-Trent regatta joined Shrewsbury, Durham and Ironbridge in a growing list of rowing events that have been cancelled this summer as a result of the unusually high rainfall.

Two problems have faced regatta organisers: one is the state of the river flow which can threaten athletes' safety; the other is the state of the ground close to the river, which when saturated can lead to cars and trailers getting bogged down as they prepare to get boated.

On the 6thg and 7th of July the Henley Masters' Regatta took place, which has been held on the weekend following Henley Royal Regatta since 1994. Hosted and run by Úpper Thames Rowing Club the regatta has grown into an internationally recognised event for masters aged 27+ from all over the world.

The regatta website stated: 'As a result of recent heavy rain we continue to closely monitor the ground conditions,the river conditions and weather forecast.The major issue we face is not the stream but the land adjacent to the river which is heavily waterlogged. The normal boat rack area is flooded and cannot be used.’

In the event the regatta did take place and Nottingham Rowing Club crews took part. The Women’s B eight (for 36-42 year olds) lost to Wallingford Rowing Club. The Women’s C eight (for 43-49 year olds) lost to Barnes Bridge Ladies in their final, and the Men’s I double scull (for 75-79 year olds) lost to Crefelder Ruder-club.

Nottingham are now preparing for the National Rowing Championships which are to be held at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont from July 13th-15th.