Date published: September 09, 2021
Eight race on Hollingworth Lake
Hundreds of competitors came to the Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club on Saturday September 4th for the biggest rowing regatta in the north – the Sprint Rowing Championships of the North of England.
Over 900 competitors from over 30 clubs took part in 215 three-lane races. Most categories were run from junior 12 2x, through numerous senior and masters events in all classes of boats.
The weather forecast had promised winds of 6 to 8 mph; However, early in the morning the winds were much stronger which created difficult conditions for the crews at the start.
The club members worked hard to make the event a success, preparing the course and the start, managing the sailing areas, providing catering and generally keeping the race running smoothly with good control. of the race and a good organization of the boats. The NW referee group worked tirelessly to ensure that the event was safe and on time.
Rochdale Mayor, City Councilor Aasim Rashid, Mayoress Rifit Rashid and Rochdale MP Sir Tony Lloyd all took time out of their busy schedules to visit the regatta and were impressed with what they had. seen.
Event organizer Elaine Huskinson said: “It was fantastic to welcome so many clubs to Hollingworth Lake after the gap year due to Covid.
“We are fortunate to be able to accommodate so many crews thanks to the support of our neighbors, the Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club and the HOLWAC Activity Center.
“The regatta allows us to showcase the beauty of Rochdale to our sister clubs across the country, which many don’t associate with the borough.
“It was good to see that the wind didn’t deter people from running and I personally look forward to welcoming everyone back to our 150th celebrations next year.”
A ‘victor ludorum’ with a cash prize of £ 500 was won by the Warrington Rowing Club for seniors and the Newark Rowing Club for juniors.