Weather fails to dampen spirits at 283rd Chester Regatta
17th June, 2016
Jan Chillery Belcher, Insolvency Partner and Regatta Secretary, commends the success of the 283rd Chester Regatta.
Chester Regatta was hit by adverse weather conditions on Saturday but it was still able to run its innovative Mix Up programme on the River Dee.
The Junior Division 2 and one final in the Senior Regatta were cancelled but there was still plenty of racing for competitors and spectators alike.
This year was the 13th consecutive year Chester law firm Aaron & Partners sponsored the regatta – once known as the ‘Henley of the North’ – which saw 13 North West rowing clubs compete.
For the second year Chester saw a variety of teams compete in ‘Mix Up’ races categorised on crew speed rather than boat category or crew ability, allowing mixed-age and gender teams to compete side-by-side.
Jan Chillery Belcher, Regatta Secretary and Partner at Aaron & Partners, said: “We have received lots of positive feedback this year and expect to run a similar Mix Up format next year. We believe this fun racing style has real longevity and could revolutionise modern club rowing.”
First-time sponsors of the Northgate Brewery Cup KPMG were delighted to award the Open Eight from Royal Shrewsbury School with specially engraved quart glass tankards presented by David Muir of KPMG alongside the Honorable Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Razia Daniels and Deputy Lord Mayor Consort Stephen Daniels.
Fully participating in the festivities Cllr Daniels, Jan Chillery Belcher and sponsors Glyn and Marjorie Meacher-Jones enjoyed a river cruise along the Dee on a Victorian slipper launch captained by fellow regatta sponsor, Rodney Witter. The Deputy Lord Mayor was highly entertained by the promenade up the River in her role as vice Admiral of the Dee. However, as the group arrived back at the regatta enclosure the heavens opened and the well dressed VIPs remained in the slipper launch for another 20 minutes as heavy rain pelted the canvass awning over their heads.
“It is disappointing that we had to abandon some racing due to adverse weather conditions,” said Jan. “But there were plenty of celebrations for winners including Ollie Smith of Royal Chester RC, as Champion of the Dee, Ms Hanlon of Runcorn RC winner of the City of Chester Cup and the Wirral Cup winners, Queens Park High School RC.
“Thanks to the continued support from a range of local businesses, rowing clubs and schools we look forward to taking this historic event into its 284th year!”