Over 2,300 competitors descended on Nottingham to race in the Nottingham City Regatta on Saturday and the Nottingham Masters and Club Regatta on Sunday.
With over 161 different boat classes over the two days, there were over 200 races coming down the course at the rate of one every five minutes.
The competing clubs came from as far afield as Exeter, London, Norwich and Durham. Goldie and several Cambridge colleges entered and won as well.
On Saturday, racing was held over the full 2,000 metres. The weather was fine but with a strong cross wind on the course, making racing difficult and it certainly helped the sheltered lanes. Racing started at 8am and finished at 6:30pm.
The Carl Smith Trophy was held for the fastest junior sculler with O. Dix of Leicester winning the boys event and R. Armstrong of Bedford Grammar School winning the girls event.
Both winners received a cheque for £200 from the Carl Smith Fund to help with their training expenses. The committee have secured funding for the next five years.
Nottingham Rowing club were the most successful club with 10 winners over the day. Rowan Law won Elite sculls, the men’s squad won senior coxed and coxless fours with the same crew. Other wins included Elite double sculls and IM3 coxless fours.
The women’s squad won Elite coxless pairs, Senior and IM3 single sculls and the junior girls won both under-18 and under-16+ double sculls. Nottingham University Women’s eight were very impressive in winning IM2 Eights.
Racing was held up in the middle of the day as the regatta committee wished to present Tony Lorrimer with antique rowing plaque in recognition of his 50 years’ of service to the sport of rowing.
He started on the Leicester RC committee in 1964 as the junior representative and had been treasurer to the Nottingham regatta committee for 20 years before become chairman seven years ago. Since then, with his team, they have made the regatta into one of the top club regattas in the country.
The Sunday event was a more relaxed regatta being aimed at the Masters and Juniors racing over 1,000 metres. The wind was not so kind and blew down the course and with strong gusts occurring around midday, the race committee suspended the racing for the under-14, but not before the Nottingham & Union had won four of these events.
Their young girls won under-12 double and quadruple sculls, under-13 double sculls, under-14 and under-17 single sculls, IM3 single sculls and under-15 quadruple sculls. Not to be outdone, their men won Masters F quadruple sculls.
Nottingham Rowing Club had an equally successful day winning Women’s under-16 single and double sculls, men’s junior 17 and novice sculls, Women’s Masters D Coxless fours, Masters G Double sculls and D and G eights.
The regatta was a new venture for the committee and there was a large learning curve, but the competitors were very impressed with the organisation and friendly atmosphere on display and said they would come back next year.