BURTON Amateur Regatta Association played host to a fantastic weekend of rowing on the River Trent.
Thirty-two clubs from around the country, plus entrants from Burton’s German twin town of Lingen, joined the two local rowing clubs Trent and Burton Leander in a battle for the two prestigious Victor Ludorum Trophy’s, the Burton Cask and the WR Brake Memorial Junior Trophy.
This year saw a record number of entries at this popular regatta, where the association ran 125 events over the weekend – 11 more than last year.
Sixty one events took place on Saturday, which saw crews racing an 1,100m downstream course from the Leicester Line Bridge and finishing at the Ferry Bridge.
Sunday was the time for the sprint, which was along a 700m course, with 64 events.
The two local clubs dominated the weekend’s results as between them, Trent Rowing Club and Burton Leander won an amazing 33 events.
Once the points had been counted, Leander were the most successful club overall and were presented the Burton Cask Victor Ludorum Trophy.
Trent claimed the WR Brake Memorial Trophy – donated in the memory of Bill Brake who stood as Burton Amateur Regatta Association Treasurer for many years – as the most successful club in the junior events.
The single sculling events saw Trent and Leander claim four event wins each over the weekend, including a first win for Kathryn Delaney, of Burton Leander, in the Intermediate level 3 event.
The racing pace was then upped a notch by the double sculls events, with eight wins for Leander and two for Trent.
Burton Leander’s Natasha Dukes and Ellen Tweed owned the junior 16 event on both days, as did Tim Tolhuysen and Carsten Lohmann from GTRV Lingen Rowing Club, who competed in the Intermediate 3.
The pairs event on Sunday, also at intermediate level 3, saw a win for Jordan Simons and Joe Rymond of Leander.
In the quads, the local clubs won a total of 12 events.
Trent women’s crew of Jess Gilbert, Lucy Holgate, Jazmine Smith and Jade Smith stormed home, taking the junior 16 and 17 events on both days.
On Saturday, Kellie Hathaway and Judith Lego from Trent teamed up with Berengere Jouin and Maelis Nivet, summer students from France, to take the junior 18 event.
Two athletes from Burton Leander teamed up with the visiting GTRV Lingen Rowing Club, to win the mixed intermediate level 3 coxless quadruple sculls.
More celebrations came with a win for Trent’s novice coxed four, consisting of Oliver Benton, Toby Louch, Chris Laing, Scott Smith and cox Lucy McQuoney, who excelled in all three races in this event.
There was also a win for their women’s novice quad of sisters Victoria and Kathryn Chamberlain, who joined the two French students Jouin and Nivet.
The eights event is always an impressive show of skill and teamwork and Burton Leander’s women’s masters did not fail.
Club captain Samantha Shorthose teamed up with Katherine Delany, Hollie Smith, Claire Henman, Laura Hunt, Fiona Brown, Barbara Delaney, Sarah Elson and cox Paolo Iorio to take on Loughborough Boat Club, beating them easily to win the event.
Burton Regatta entries secretary Richard Gipson said: “It was a remarkable occasion.
“With record entries, time keeping was essential to ensure that all competitors were able to race, which can only be achieved through support and the dedication from the clubs and volunteers.
“Sponsorship for the regatta is essential and without their support this annual event would not happen.”