Upton Rowing Club ran its annual regatta on the Severn on Sunday [11 September] in glorious sunshine. This is designed as a fun event for men and women who have only recently taken up rowing to give them their first taste of racing, and it attracted 12 crews from various clubs as well as from the Upton hosts.
The regatta is contested in coxed fours and runs on a knock-out basis, although crews who are eliminated early on get a second chance in a Plate event. After four hotly contested rounds, the overall winners this year were a crew from Bewdley, who beat Worcester in the final. Meanwhile, in the Plate event, Stratford took the final prize with a victory over one of the Upton crews.
Rowing is sometimes thought of as a relatively inaccessible sport, mainly available to schools and universities, but this is far from the truth. All the clubs competing here run regular ‘Learn to Row’ courses for adults as well as for juniors. Some go on to race competitively thereafter (and Upton’s regatta provides the first stepping stone towards this), while others prefer to continue rowing recreationally. Either way, it is a great way of keeping fit and having fun in the process.
Photos from this years regatta are now online.