Durham City Regatta on May 11th and 12th attracted entries from schools, colleges and clubs around the northern region and from Yorkshire to the River Wear for the club’s annual home event, with Durham University colleges well represented. Over 400 races were contested by boats of all sizes over 700 metres on Saturday and 500 metres on Sunday.
DARC achieved a good haul of victories, winning 10 events on Saturday and 6 on Sunday.
Saturday produced some success in the double sculling events, including Jacob Windle and Thomas Crabtree in the J15 double, and in the senior races Grace Stewart-Piercy and Gabrielle Maxfield combined to take victory in the women’s band 2 double. The final of the Masters E double sculls was contested between two DARC crews, with Paul Rutter and David Heppell getting the verdict by three quarters of a length against Rob Coe and Martyn Calkin.
The Women’s Masters DE coxless quad final also involved two DARC crews, with the D crew of Clare Woodward, Gabrielle Moore, Aisling Dutton and Susan Jackson overturning the masters time handicap to take the verdict by 2 lengths.
The senior men (Joe Owen, Brad Knights, Tom Richardson, Reece Stockport, Aidan Rome, Tom Southworth, Nicholas Baird, David Rutter + cox Millie McIntyre) won the Open Senior 8+ band 2 after winning their semi-final against Collingwood College by three quarters of a length when opponents from University College then scratched from the final. The squad has been training hard for the regatta season in the eight and coxed fours and would welcome contact from anyone interested in joining them.
The smooth and efficient running of the weekend is testament to the efforts of the many volunteers who played their part in making it happen, and the timely arrival of glorious spring weather certainly helped!
The rescheduling of the British Rowing Senior Championships at Nottingham so that it now falls on the same weekend as the National Masters Regatta only adds to the calendar congestion and creates difficult choices for competitors, as does a new event for Juniors, the Brandon-Bravo Regatta at Nottingham, plus the Scottish Rowing Championships at Strathclyde Park both scheduled for the same weekend as Durham Regatta.
Tees Regatta on May 18th, while, fresh from their Easter training camp at Banyoles, the J14 girls 4x+, J15 boys 4x+ and J15 girls 8+ will be looking to impress at the National Schools’ Regatta (NSR) at Eton Dorney on May 24th to 26th, where they will be joined by Adam Morris who will contest the Championship single sculls at the NSR.
Meanwhile Masters will be preparing for the National Masters Regatta, held this year at Strathclyde Park on June 15th and 16th.
With entries now open competitors of all ages will be looking in eager anticipation towards Durham Regatta on June 8th and 9th, when we hope for a repeat of last weekend’s fine weather.