Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Families make a splash

MORE than 100 people made the most of the sunny weather at the annual Wargrave rag regatta.

MORE than 100 people made the most of the sunny weather at the annual Wargrave rag regatta.

Families arrived at Station Road for the event on Saturday, which saw more than 70 races throughout the day.

There were 17 categories including punting, skiffing and canoe races.

The Monte family won the newcomers’ family dinghy race with Will Monte also victorious in the over 18s skiff final.

The Bull Enduro kayak race, which involves downing a half pint at the Bull in High Street, was won by Hamish Floyd and Jo Hall.

The event is hosted by Wargrave Boating Club which saw spectators line the banks of the Thames to watch the racing. There was also a barbecue, licensed bar and stalls selling tea and cakes.

Organiser Cheryl Burke said: “It was a lovely day, we were blessed with the weather and lots of families turned up to take part.

“Lots of children entered this year and we’ve been trying to encourage the younger ones to take part, as well as the older ones who might have gone off to university.

“It’s about getting lots of families involved and teaching children to be safe on the river. Twice a year in May and September we have a river swim, which is a right of passage before they can take on the course at the regatta.

“We also had a mini kayak course for 30 children this year which is why so many children entered on Saturday. It gave them a flavour of the regatta and got them excited to take part.”

The regatta has been held by the club for more than 50 years and is a month before the annual Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta.

Mrs Burke says it is a taster for those who want to take part in both. She said: “So many people wanted to get involved this year, it was fantastic.

“All the kids were talking about it at school and it gives them an idea of what they can expect if they enter the Wargrave and Shiplake regatta. Our regatta has always been a family fun day, it’s all in good fun.

“The children get to race their schoolmates and mums and dads. Families come down for the whole day and go to the stalls, it was a really good day.”

The results of the regatta are as follows:

Wells Cup (under nines side—by—side dinghy with experienced cox): Molly Hall, Emily Young and Natalie Bridge (cox); Cooper Cup (under 12s side—by—side dinghy with cox): Will Brown, Sammie Colvin and Alex Flann (cox); Cockrell Trophy (under 12s dinghy race): Noah Lowe; Large Cup with double plinth (under 15s dinghy race): Eleanor Blois—Brooke; Dolphin Cup (under 18s traditional skiff with cox): Henry Blois—Brooke, Hannah Vonka and Sara Beazley (cox); J M F McDonnell Cup (18 and over traditional skiff with cox): Will Monte, Peter Jordan and Jane Jordan (cox); Casey Cup (adult and child nine or under Canadian canoe): Anna and Gordon Merritt; Nick Thomas Memorial Cup (adult and child 10 to 14 Canadian canoe): Adele Brown and Dominic Vonka; Under 18 scratch dongola: Junior team A (Carlton Barnard, George Cook, Nicholas Tawse, Betty Askew, Amelia Walsh and Molly Hall); Large Cup (18 and over scratch dongola): Adult team A (Peter Jordan, Sian Barr, Katie Floyd, George Winters, Roger Masters and Clive Dow); Large Shield (The Bull Enduro 18 and over): Hamish Floyd and Jo Hall; The Anne Reid Enduro under 18s: Hannah Masters and Henry Blois—Brooke; Loddon Challenge Bowl (classified and drawn punt): Jonathan Casey and Chris Jennings; Sit—on kayak adult and under 10s: Simon and Tom Rayner; Sit—on kayak 10—15s: Nathan Walsh and Miranda Brown; Sit—on kayak 16 and over: Michael Brown and Phil Hitchens; Newcomers family dinghy: Monte family

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