Star Regatta on Saturday 9th of June was a resounding success with over 200 crews racing – on time and with competitive vigour. With a large juniors entry and a dominant presence from some of the country’s best rowing schools, the large crowds that lined the bank were treated to some very high-quality rowing.
Organising an event of this scale is no mean feat and relies on volunteers giving up a huge amount of time. The regatta committee and officials devote hours and hours to planning and on behalf of all club members… thank you. Ian Donald organised the marshals on the day and managed to pull off the event despite being 21 volunteers light. Thank you Ian.
Other volunteers also help make the day and two teams deserve special thanks. Chrissy Boggis’s vintage tea stall was a huge hit in the enclosure and Chrissy has quite rightly submitted a match report. Tibbs Dementia Foundation also set up a stand to spread the word and fundraise. As our club charity for 2018, we were delighted to welcome Tibbs Dementia and look forward to intensive fundraising when the regatta season ends.
Vintage Tea Stall Match Report
Chrissy Boggis writes: This year we fielded the best tea tent ever. The vintage theme was well conceived and went down superbly. We scored a big win (ed… ok, I made that sentence up, but I quite like the idea of competitive team stalls).
We had a great team as you can see from the photo… it simply would not have worked without them. So, I’d like to thank the team of helpers and all the fabulous people who donated sandwiches, filled rolls and the delicious array of cakes.
Results in brief
Star juniors, in most cases just starting to reappear after revision and exam hell, performed particularly well and recorded most of the day’s victories. In total, 45 of the day’s 202 races featured Star competitors. 26 of those recorded wins and 11 of those were finals. Star wins were:
W.2X (pictured below)
J18.4X (pictured above), W.J17.2X, J16.2X, J18.1X, J15.1X, W.J14 B 2X, J17.1X, W.J15.1X
Womens’ Open Double Sculls
Ellie Bennewith writes: Since I was a junior, Star Regatta has been one of my favourite local events. The atmosphere is always fantastic and it’s always great to see so many members from the club either competing or helping out. Gemma and I were racing in the Women’s Double category; it was a great opportunity to race the 1200m course as it’s a similar distance to Women’s Henley which we will be competing in next weekend.
Heading into the first race against Leicester University, Gemma and I both felt confident, but the pressure to perform at our club’s regatta was looming in the back of our minds. We’d both agreed that we’d treat it as a 500m race and do what we could to get a good lead by town bridge. If this worked, we planned to wind down for the finish.
Sure enough, past Monkey Island our lead had stretched to several lengths so I made a call to relax and slow the rate down… but neither Gemma nor myself made much of a change, as I think we both convinced ourselves that you never know what could happen! By the time we reached the lock, we eventually calmed down and realised we could actually start to relax. Coming up to the line, we were taken back by the amount of support along the course – we were being cheered from start to finish and the final verdict was ‘easily’.
As we successfully made it into the final, we knew it would be us against another Star women’s squad double made up of Ingrid and Rhianna. Before boating, we all huddled together to remind us that it was already an achievement to see a Star-Star final, which speaks volumes about the development we’ve made as a squad. Ian Donald was beyond chuffed and if you spoke to him on Saturday you’d know how proud he was of what we’ve all achieved.
In the final, Gemma and I were racing against the clock as it was good practice for Women’s Henley. It wasn’t our cleanest row, but we produced a decent time which was faster than we’d aimed for and came away with the win. Ingrid and Rhianna were fantastic competition and I’m excited to see where that boat will go in the future!
Thank you for all the support along the bank. Gemma and I appreciate all the support from the club, both on and off the water – it hasn’t gone unnoticed and we hope to do our club proud in the weeks to come.
Next stop Henley Women’s Regatta!
Dom Hawes writes: A regatta on home water was too much temptation for the mens’ masters squad to resist, so a Star/Bedford eight was entered in the open class, that being the only class available. With an average age of 55, the VIII boldly took to the water giving away 39 years a man against Bedford School’s J16 Bs. After using their size to power to an early lead, Star/Bedford clung on down the enclosure straight as Bedford School reduced the lead to just 1/2 length.
In the final, Star/Bedford lined up against heat A winners, Eton College. This time we only gave away 37 years a man, but it made little difference. Eton rocketed off the start and although it felt like we held them to the town bridge, they pushed on pretty easily and secured a win by four lengths. Next time, maybe we’ll race their Dads instead?
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