Twelve Off-peak and Masters members from Durham ARC attended this year’s War of the Roses scratch regatta at Bradford ARC. Coinciding with St. George’s Day and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death it was a suitably momentous occasion, particularly for DARC’s Vaughan Gordon who emerged with 2 medals after his two crews emerged undefeated after 9 races, claiming victory in both the sweep-oar and sculling competitions.
The climax of the day was the challenge race between eights representing the Red Rose of Lancaster and the White Rose of York that gives the event its name. Colin Lawson from DARC was drawn to race in the Red Rose crew which lost by a canvas to the Yorkshire crew who retain bragging rights for a second year.
The visit also provided an opportunity to catch up with progress on the repair of Hirst Weir following the damage caused by winter flooding in the Aire valley. Durham ARC and Durham Regatta made a combined donation of £2665 to the restoration appeal in February. The river is now rowable once more, though the weir has lost some of its former glory. A second phase of restoration is underway which will see a fish pass installed to satisfy Environment Agency requirements. There was a glowing commendation from Bradford President Celia Hickson for the help offered by Durham in Bradford’s time of need.