Weather conditions didn’t detract from the usual high standard of racing at the region’s premier event of the year on June 10th and 11th. For the second time Durham Regatta fell on the same weekend as the National Masters Championships in Nottingham, meaning no masters events at Durham with so many masters away racing. A damp start to Saturday was followed by a troublesome wind later in the day on Sunday, but despite this the packed schedule involving around 600 crews in 450 races was maintained almost to the minute on both days, testament to the magnificent efforts of the many volunteers.
The decision to adopt the old British Rowing points system on Saturday and the new one on Sunday worked well, with some close races particularly on Sunday.
incident in March when it was badly damaged by a heavy object dropped from Baths Bridge.
Saturday wins came from the J14 girls double scull (Hope Simpson and Elicia Baldwin), overcoming Durham School in the final, the Women’s Novice four (Catherine Musgrave, Jess Cooper, Mollie Coe, Honor Cessford and cox Lily Sanderson) who defeated Yarm School in the final, and the J18 DARC/St Leonard’s composite eight who beat the Yarm School eight in their race.
Crews received their prizes from special guests Jess Eddie and Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell at the presentation held at the Gala Theatre on Sunday evening.
Full results can be found here.