NEARLY 400 rowing boats from 32 clubs will be making a splash on the River Wye this weekend, as Monmouth Regatta returns for the first time in three years, reports NICK HARTLAND.
The two-day event will be the first open inland regatta in Wales since Llandaff in July, 2019.
And with lockdown now receding into the rear-view mirror, rowers can’t wait to go head-to-head again.
Saturday’s 1500m event has attracted 179 crews and scullers, while Sunday’s 700m sprint has 213 entries.
The Blue Riband 8s on Saturday have both attracted five entries, with Swansea and Bath universities up against Llandaff and Dart Totnes racing for the Phil Mathew Claret Jug for the men’s event, and Bath, City of Oxford, City of Bristol and Bristol Ariel tussling for the Alec Woods Ladies Plate in the women’s event.
Saturday’s racing sees 133 races from 9.30am to 4.40pm, while Sunday has 162 races from 9am to 4.45pm.
Other clubs heading to the Wye include Cardiff University, regular Thames visitors Staines and Abingdon, Minerva Bath, AB Severn from Tewkesbury, Exeter, Evesham and Warwick, while GB junior talent centre Hartpury will also be launching out.
While some of the local top juniors are racing at the National Schools’ Regatta on the London Olympic lake over the weekend, Monmouth Comprehensive boats will be out in force alongside lots of younger talent from Monmouth School for Boys and Monmouth School for Girls.
This year’s event also includes two new trophies - the John Hartland Memorial Trophy in honour of the club’s late former chairman and regatta secretary, and the John Jenkins Challenge Cup, in honour of the club’s junior coach and regatta commentator.
Entry is free and there will be a fully stocked bar, catering, ice creams and stalls riverside.
For more information see www.monmouthrc.org.uk
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Feature Picture: Peaches Hale and Laura Willis
Will England (left)
Monmouth RC's Masters
Monmouth Comprehensive BC's Margy Farmer-Kindell, Beth Crossley, Laura Willis, Keziah McCann and Cassie de st Croix