Nottingham City Rowing Regatta took place at the National Water Sports Centre on Saturday. Before the event started it was confirmed that last year’s regatta had been the largest club regatta in the UK, and this year the entry was even bigger!
Weather conditions were tough but it was fair racing with a strong headwind. The event was significantly oversubscribed, with a number of crews regretfully being turned away.
As it was, nearly 2500 competitors raced from 8.30 am until 6.40 pm with a race every 5 minutes – and no lunch break. The organisation was very slick and the event ran like clockwork to finish on time despite quite tricky conditions.
Nearly every race required all 6 lanes to be used. Crews came from as far afield as Exeter and Tyne.
Nottingham City Regatta has been running since 1869, being held initially on the River Trent before moving to the NWSC in 1973.
Keble College came with a crew containing 4 members of the victorious Oxford Blue boat. They won Senior 8s in the morning and Elite 8s in the afternoon in a time of 6 minutes 16 seconds which was very credible considering the headwind. One of the crew, Olivier Siegelaar announced his retirement at the end of the race. He won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics rowing in the Netherlands eight.
Goldie also entered and won Senior coxed fours. Overall the standard of the regatta was high and there were some quality crews showing off their skills.
The Carl Smith Trophy for boys was won by Max Porter of Nottingham Rowing Club and the girls event was won by Miss Dooley of Agecroft Rowing Club. Both scullers received a cheque for £250 from the Carl Smith Trustees.
Nottingham University won all four events that they entered. Nottingham Club also won 4 events with Jon Simpson winning elite and senior single sculls. They also had a member in the World Start quadruple sculls that won the elite event.
All the winners were presented with locally-made pottery tankards bearing the regatta crest. These were well received, as was the tweeting of every result as soon as the races crossed the line.
The web page is at https://sites.google.com/site/nottinghamcityregatta/
The event will take place next year on Saturday 12th May.