Sunday, 14 August 2022

Splashing about on the river

MORE than 70 people took to the water for the annual Wargrave rag regatta.

MORE than 70 people took to the water for the annual Wargrave rag regatta.

Children and families were among those to take part in races in 15 categories including dongola racing, kayaking and punting.

The event, which is hosted by Wargrave Boating Club, was held off Station Road on Saturday and saw dozens of people watch the action from the bank as well as those taking part.

They included the Bull Enduro kayak race, where adults down half a pint at the Bull in High Street before paddling back down the course. It was won this year by Jonathan Casey in the men’s section and Becky Worthington in the women’s section.

There was also a children’s version, the Anne Reid Enduro, where youngsters drank a half pint of orange juice, and the popular families’ dinghy race, won this year by the Harling family.

Organiser Cheryl Burke said: “It was a brilliant day. We’ve had quite a few new families join the boat club this year and we had them down for the new families dinghy race.

“The kids had a whale of a time, they love the Anne Reid race, which is really good fun, and the Enduro race is where the men’s competitive sides come out.

“It’s time that everyone gets to meet up as the only time we get to see all the families down at the club together is the summer. The weather wasn’t fantastic but it did stay dry. It was windy at the start so the punting races were difficult!”

The regatta has been held by the club since the Sixties and is usually a month before the Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta on the same stretch of water.

This year’s event had more than 60 races and there was also a barbecue and cake stand on the bank for visitors. Mrs Burke said: “Everyone looks forward to this every year. Some of the older members use it as a practice for the Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta but for the younger members it’s what they look forward to. We have courses in junior skiffing, punting and kayaking. It’s a chance for the youngsters to show off what they’ve learned.”

She added: “The kids get to meet new friends and it’s not overly competitive, it’s all about family fun.”

The results are as follows:

Side by side dinghy (under nines) — Sophie and Harry Floyd, Ned Floyd (cox)

Side by side dinghy (under 12s) — Noah Lowe and Ned Floyd, Krista Lowe (cox)

Dinghy race (under 12s) — Sam Deacon

Dinghy race (under 15s) — Oliver Deacon 

Traditional skiff race (under 18s) — William Denham and Grace Silby, Lucie Daman (cox)

Traditional skiff race (18 and over) — Steve Bridge and Jo Hall, Natalie Bridge (cox)

Adult and child (nine and under) Canadian canoe — Paul and Megan Worthington

Canadian canoe — Poppy Winters and Adele Brown

Scratch dongola race (under 18) — Team C — Peter Lowe, Grace Silby, Jess Beazley, Sarah Tawse, Sam Winters, Ned Floyd

Scratch dongola race (18 and over) — Team C — Liz Tawse, Yvonne Brown, Becky Worthington, Carlton Barnard, Jan Vonka, Graham Burke

The Bull Enduro (18 and over) — Jonathan Casey and Becky Worthington

The Anne Reid Enduro (under 18) — Ben Walker and Isabella Taylor

Classified and drawn punt — Lucie Daman and Becky Worthington

Sit-on kayak race (adults and under 10s) — Simon and Tom Raynor

Sit-on kayak race (10-15s) — Natalie Bridge and Noah Lowe   

Newcomers family dinghy race — The Harling family

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