Monday, 15 August 2022

Beginners welcome as regatta returns

MORE than 40 beginner crews will take part in the Goring and Streatley Regatta on July 20.

MORE than 40 beginner crews will take part in the Goring and Streatley Regatta on July 20.

The regatta, which is organised by Goring Gap Boat Club, will take place over a short sprint course on the Thames at Streatley Farm, just above Cleeve Lock, on the Streatley side of the river.

A club spokesman said: “The aim is to get as many crews as possible on to the water. There are three different classes so that complete beginners through to reasonably competent rowers can all compete on a fair basis.

“Crews can enter on their own account, or represent pubs and workplaces. Novice rowers and people who have never rowed before are made welcome. Training for novice crews is included in the entry fee.”

Events include coxed fours, single sculls, paddling punts, dinghies and canoes and there are races for men, women and mixed crews as well as events for juniors and children.

For more experienced rowers there are a number of invitation challenge races in coxed eights.

There will be family attactions on the bank including a funfair, live music, beer and craft tents, stalls, classic cars and a performance arena.

More than 3,000 people attended the event in 2011 but last year’s regatta was cancelled due to poor weather.

The theme of the regatta is “We’re coming home” as the club plans to move its base from the Pangbourne stretch of the river back to the Goring stretch and has applied for planning permission for a new boathouse a mile downriver from Goring lock.

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