John Laurenson |

Summer racing for all

If you’re looking for some relaxed racing over the summer then John Laurenson from Junior Rowing News reflects on regattas with something for everyone

Although the highlights of many people’s racing calendar are the likes of National Schools’ Regatta, BUCS Regatta, Henley Women’s, and Henley Royal, there are a multitude of other events across the country throughout the summer months to entertain ourselves with. These local regattas provide a fantastic opportunity for some fierce racing – usually over 1,000m or less – and a chance for clubs and rowers to socialise as well.

The smaller events are typically entered by juniors and masters, giving them a family-friendly feel. The atmosphere at such events is one of no-holds-barred competition and these events are fantastic for getting new rowers into the sport to race with no pressure on results.

Regattas such as Peterborough, St Neots and Sudbury are a favourite for rowers in the south. Further north, the North of England Sprint Regatta at Hollingworth Lake, near Rochdale, is at the beginning of September and always attracts plenty of entries.

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