Hundreds of rowers to take to river for regatta at Saltford

Published on: 07 May 2016

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The West’s answer to the Henley Regatta is returning to Saltford this month and everyone is invited to come and cheer the competitors on.

Around 150 rowing crews are expected to take to the River Avon on Saturday, May 14, for a day of races along a 1,000-metre stretch in the Bristol Avon Regatta.

The event is organised by Avon County Rowing Club at its base at the Saltford Rowing Centre, off the A4 Bath Road, where spectators can watch the races from the riverbank with refreshments from the tea tent.

Races will begin at 9.30am and will continue until 6pm, with events for different size boats, ability levels, ages and more, with competitors from around 15 to 20 different clubs.

Regatta secretary Julian Sondheimer said: “Spectators can expect the thrills, excitement and atmosphere of a typical rowing regatta, as the rowers battle to get their boat’s bows ahead of their competitors and to cross the finishing line first, cheered on by their supporters.

“Through the spring and summer there are rowing regattas taking place somewhere every weekend, and many crews will compete in quite a few through the season. As well as providing exciting competition, a regatta such as ours provides crucial practice and experience opportunities for high-level crews aiming to compete at national level regattas later in the season.”

The regatta is a revival of an event that was held on the Avon at Saltford in Victorian times until 1972. The rowing club at Saltford joined forces with other clubs to establish a regatta at Bristol Docks in 1979, which ran until 2007 before the event returned to Saltford in 2008.


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