Bristol Avon Regatta
RECORD BREAKING BRISTOL AVON ROWING REGATTA AT SALTFORD
It was another record breaking Bristol Avon Regatta for organisers Avon County Rowing Club confirming the event as one of the top provincial rowing competitions in the south west. With the highest ever number of races and competitors and many more entries turned away the day saw 120 races take place over nearly eight hours of racing on the 1000m straight two lane course at Saltford.
Closest race of the day came in the Open Eights event sponsored by Footdown where the University of Bristol alumni club “Nonesuch” Boat Club had to produce a record breaking performance to beat the school boys of Pangbourne College by just one second in a time of 2:55.
The most popular win of the day was for the Novice men of Avon County RC who raced in the final of their eights competition against Monmouth School. With the crews evenly matched throughout the race a final push in the last 250m saw the local crew come through to win by just 2 seconds. The crew of Robin Boyd, Russ Lee, Mike Feranec, James Dunkerley, Oly Perkin, Chris Browne, Russel Martin and Tim Griffiths was expertly coached and coxed by Debbie Blackmore. Half the crew only started rowing last year as part of the Avon Learn to Row programme.
The host club won a number of other events including Women’s Masters coxed fours against local rivals Minerva and Masters single scull against Gloucester. The Avon Juniors also contributed to the win tally with Olivier Sharples taking the J15 single and Charlie Cushing and Will Isom continuing their winning streak in the J14 age group. A new combination of Poppy Fraser, Amelia Grainger, Phoebe Baker-Johnson and Scarlet Roach coxed by Carla May overcame two crews from Monmouth Comprehensive School to take the girls J15 coxed quad event. May then returned to the water to take the IM2 women’s single scull against her opposition from Gloucester Hartbury College.