The Hexham Regatta went ahead despite dire forecasts of gale force winds and gusts of up to 60 miles per hour! The event, which is one of the largest one-day regattas in the UK, hosted over 400 hundred races with over 800 competitors representing 31 rowing clubs! 15 of those clubs were from Durham University’s College crews. PDL sponsored Durham’s fiercely contested Victor Ludorum (Latin for “winner of the games” and awarded to the club with the most wins of the day).
Community clubs came from across the region as well as more intrepid travellers from Dumfries and Lancaster. As the event is the local club’s main source of income, there was a tense start to the day, assessing weather conditions and ensuring the safety of the participants.
The course was shortened in the first division when high winds made it impossible for competitors to line up on the start. Fortunately, there were only four capsizes and one near miss with the wear which the safety boats were quick to sort out.
PDL’s Elizabeth Waterman was competing in a hugely popular event - the Women’s Novice Coxed Fours. There were 19 crews entered for this event with Hexham Rowing Club being the only non- college crew competing. Despite having the oldest crew, the locals gave Trevelyan College a run for their money, looking very smooth and controlled, but sadly losing by a narrow margin. Elizabeth went on to compete in the Northumberland Triathlon the next day!
Hexham Regatta 2015 (image courtesy of Al Johnston)
Posted: 15th Jun 2015
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