Annual regatta attracts record numbers of rowers

MAKING WAVES: Action from Sudbury Rowing Club's record breaking annual regatta  on Friars Meadow
MAKING WAVES: Action from Sudbury Rowing Club's record breaking annual regatta on Friars Meadow

A record number of competitors turned out for Sudbury Rowing Club’s annual International Regatta, held on Saturday.

The event, known as ‘mini Henley’, attracted more than 650 entries in 72 events and 184 individual races, with ages ranging from Junior 14s to experienced Master rowers.

Clubs from across the region came to compete, including Gravesend, Marlow Rowing Club, Broxbourne, Alton, Cambridge 99s, Lea and many more who wanted to conquer the corner which has claimed many potential race wins.

Friars Meadow was alive with the bustling of athletes, folk music, and of course spectators, who came specifically to watch the rowing or happened to be walking by and enjoying the festivities.

Meanwhile, money was raised for cancer research, from a 100 metre rowing-machine challenge, open to all who wanted to have a crack at the fastest time.

Tracy Muir, the regatta secretary for the club, was hailed on a successful regatta, for the bulk of the organising that comes with an event of this size.