The 151st York Regatta
The York Summer Regatta, raced over 1000m downstream on the River Ouse, was a great day of racing for all ages and abilities on 21st June. The cool breeze and broken clouds were ideal for competitors and spectators alike, who enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere and well organised event.
The entries included clubs from all over the region and beyond, including teenagers and students through to grandparents in categories from singles to eights.
Although some of the races were won well by ‘a distance’, there were many that went right to the finish line, marked by the intensity and determination etched on the faces of the crews. A sweeping bend in the river looked as though it may be an advantage to those on the inside, but the nature of the start, and sweep of the wide river, resulted in equal opportunities for all, and it was those who showed the greatest desire and ability who triumphed.
In a strong field, St Hild & St Bede College of Durham University, won the IM3 4+ race which started the day. The University was well represented with wins later on for St Aidan’s, St Cuthbert’s, Van Mildert’s and University College.
Although many clubs experienced a small number of wins, by far the most successful club of the day was York City Rowing Club.
Two special ‘Challenge Fours Events’, open and women’s, were popular with crews and spectators, providing some of the closest and hard fought races of the day. The women’s event was won in style by St Cuthbert’s College, Durham. The open event by York City RC who gave a master class in technique and determination.
Many competitors who have attended the regatta year after year commented on how enjoyable it always is, providing a great day of racing, and are looking forward to returning next year.
Article: Andrew Lowe
Photos: Andrew Archbold