This Saturday saw the end to carnival week in Bewdley with a carnival celebration of floats parading the the streets ending on the field with stalls and entertainment acts. Carnival week was started by our very own Pub and Club Regatta.
The rowing club had a stand on the carnival field with ergo races, trying to find the fastest man and women in Bewdley over 100m. The winners receive a free taster session on the water at the club.
Pub and Club Regatta
Pub and Club itself was a fantastic day and the weather gods played their part again this year basking the club in glorious sunshine come the afternoon. We were able this year for the first time to give crew approximate race times, this helped a lot to keep crews happy knowing when they could have a beer! Another first was giving live race commentary from the start to the finish via radio, this proved very popular and something we will continue to do next year. We had a wide range of imaginative crew names from ‘Not Waving but Drowning’ to ‘Here for the Beer’ and a few equally as imaginative costumes. However we did miss the excellent costume display of Stourport Rugby Club who year on year seem to come up amazing outfits, nothing will top the Star Wars characters they came as one year. Hopefully they will be back next year to show us some new ones!
For those that don’t know the Pub and Club Regatta is a 400m sprint of side by side racing for men’s, women’s, and mixed crews of all ages who have only had 6 hours worth of training having never been in a boat before. So as you can imagine its quite a spectacle to watch! This year we transferred from using our old wooden clinker boats to using our white stable boats instead. The quality of the rowers seemed to be better than those that have used the wooden boats in the past, who’d have thought they could make so much of a difference! Everyone taking part was guaranteed a minimum of two races with all those losing in the first round being put through to the ‘Best of the Rest’ event where we had everyone in together men, women and mixed with various handicaps being applied; not always did the men beat the women! The overall winners of the main events won a years free membership to the club and will start with the novice squads this weekend. As well as having races on the water we ran a very competitive ergo race competition (the same as the one ran at the carnival), the spectators and competitors were trying their best to beat times set by club members; Some came very close indeed.
Have a look at the photos of our carnival stand and Pub and Club.