West Norfolk club holds first rowing regatta

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West Norfolk Rowing Club held its very first regatta on Saturday at the Denver Sluice facility where it is based.

Blessed with ideal conditions, members enjoyed racing on the river, watched by spectators from a viewpoint looking along the full length of the course. Competing in the club’s restricted doubles, boats began from a standing start and with the dropping of the starter marshal’s flag, they raced side-by-side downriver towards the clubhouse under the watchful eye of other marshals.

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The races were keenly fought and made more interesting by the mixture of abilities within the club. Some races were easily won though loud cheers came from the spectators when crews approached the finish line with the narrowest of margins. Adults and juniors, men and women each had three rows with different partners.

Initially apprehensive at the start, rowers soon gained confidence and became quicker. To decide the ultimate winners, a final head to head race was necessary.

Yet again this race was keenly fought with adult female Alex Shaw and junior Kayleigh Venables holding off their male opponents to finish first.

Chairman Belinda Walker said: “This event has shown just how popular the sport of rowing is within our community. Operating from the Denver Complex we have, in a short space of time, developed a valuable recreational activity for the local community.

“We are extremely proud of our achievements and look forward to continued growth in the coming years.”