Shrewsbury Regatta is one of the oldest regattas on the racing calendar. It was first held in 1871. I have very fond memories of it – not going back quite that far! – but certainly to the 1960s. It was the first regatta in which I competed at the tender age of fourteen. I remember that I rowed in a clinker built, fixed pin coxed four but cannot recall whether I won or lost (the fact that I don’t remember probably means that I lost)!
Since I first competed there, thousands more RSSBC rowers have done so, each with their own clear recollections – some good, some bad…. as with all regattas.
Sunday, the 13th May is going to be an occasion on which you can relive those memories and bring your families and friends to enjoy a day by the river. This time two years ago, we held a similar event which was focussed on the 150th anniversary of the founding of the RSSBC. Roughly three hundred Salopians and their friends and families turned up. This year is focussed more on Sabrina Club members, the parents of current members of the RSSBC (whether they are competing in the regatta or not), as well as School staff and the friends and families of the School. We are hoping that a couple of hundred people will come. Please make sure you are among them.
Please will you also mention the event to others who may not see this article but may be interested in coming along? There is no need to register with Sabrina that you will be attending – just turn up. You will be most welcome.
You can bring your own picnic if you want to, although you should be able to buy things to eat from stalls at Pengwern Boat Club and, from mid-afternoon, there will be a hog roast at the School boathouse. Those wanting a free helping of the hog roast will need to go up to the Bowring Room above the boathouse to collect a raffle ticket to use as a voucher to present to the hog roast chefs.
The day begins at 11.00am. Tea and coffee will be served in the Bowring Room from that time. Then, from 12.30pm, Pimms and a non-alcoholic fruit punch will also be served. There will be races to watch throughout the afternoon and plenty of ‘people watching’, for those who enjoy that. There should also be every prospect of bumping into other Salopians who you may not have seen for years.
All in all, it should be a great day for you and your family. My wife and I shall be driving up for the day from Central London and will say a few words to everyone in the Bowring Room at about 1.00pm. It will be lovely to see as many of you as possible so please make sure you say hello to me sometime over the course of the event.
Miles Preston (DB 1963-68)
President of Sabrina Club