Messing about on the river – hundreds line banks for Christchurch Regatta

Bournemouth Echo: AFLOAT: Teams take part in the regatta at Christchurch Quay AFLOAT: Teams take part in the regatta at Christchurch Quay

THE banks of the Stour were packed with spectators for Christchurch Regatta last weekend.

The annual rowing event hosted by Christchurch Rowing Club took place under sunny skies on Saturday to the relief of organisers.

Despite the wet forecast, more than 350 people competed in the event on the Stour, with Christchurch rowing club doing the town proud.

Peter Staddon, club president said: “It was a very successful day overall for Christchurch Rowing Club. We ended up as the winner of the trophy for most successful club with three first places and four second places.

“They gave us the overall win with the most points.”

One of the notable wins went to Harry Foley, Gary Rabbetts, Matt Aldridge and Will Wakelin along with cox Anna Nolan, who took the men’s senior fours title.

It is the first time in 29 years the club has taken the honour.

The youngsters also took first and second prize in the junior 16 girls race, with the ladies masters winning the over 40s category.

Overall there were 69 races during the day, with 84 crews.

Mr Staddon added: “It was a very good turnout, definitely above average. Obviously after the Olympics, the turnout was exceptional but Saturday was brilliant.

“There was huge co-operation from Christchurch Sailing Club, with people allowing us to move their boats for the day. And we just managed to get the prize-giving done two minutes before the rain started. We’re all really looking forward to next year.”

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