Sudbury Rowing Club entered some veteran (or “Masters” as they are now known) crews for this event, which was organised by the recently formed Alton Rowing Club. Most of the opposition was from local rowing clubs, including Beccles Rowing Club, Deben Rowing Club from Woodbridge, Essex University Rowing Club and Alton Rowing Club.
Racing on a lake is very different from racing on the Stour and many crews found conditions difficult. There was a strong crosswind which created some rough water in parts of the course and made steering quite difficult.
Successful Sudbury Crews were Pippa Kerry and Bryony Dixon in Women’s Masters double sculls, Keith Paxman and Mike Arnott in Men’s Masters double sculls, Pippa Kerry and Jeremy Milbank in Mixed Masters double sculls and Mike Arnott in Masters single sculls.
On behalf of the club I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to another hugely successful regatta.
I cannot name everyone who has helped because there are so many of you, but I would like to record our thanks to Pippa for all she has done over the past year. She has coped with all sorts of issues, problems and setbacks and numerous emails, texts and phonecalls calmly and without any fuss. Making the regatta a success is an enormous task, and Pippa has done it twice now. She and her family deserve all our thanks and congratulations.
I would also like, on your behalf, to thank Andrew for his meticulous organisation before and on the day, and for his marathon stint on the commentator’s microphone. Finally, Emma deserves a special mention for all her work persuading people to sponsor us and then making sure that we looked after them once they had.
Early indications are that the money we have raised for the club may not be far short of last year’s record, but to my mind that isn’t the point. For me the great thing about Sudbury Regatta is the spirit of cooperation and togetherness shown by everyone involved. Once again we have had many many expressions of thanks from competitors and spectators, who praise the organisation and the friendly atmosphere as well as the location. Without the hard work of all of you, and your families and friends we couldn’t have a regatta.
Thank you all, and well done!