Foreword by Race Organiser John Milborne..
Milton Keynes regatta has been a favourite of OTRC’s for many years. In the early days this was an invitation event, which al-lowed us to bend the rules a little to give all our club members a competitive race. Milton Keynes have become a very successful club over the years, with their high performance section produc-ing gold medal winners at the World Masters Championships. In the last two years the regatta has doubled in size and become a full blown BR event, which is a credit to their club, but means the Milton Keynes organisers have to stick to the letter of the law. The club has tried to stick to it’s roots and provides the biggest opportunity for Primary rowers (those new to the sport) of any competition that we enter. In this spirit Milton Keynes kindly put on an invitation event for our new junior rowers, which allowed us to “bend the rules” a little to give all our juniors a race; which turned out to be one of the closer races of the day! However, this new era meant that we weren’t able to give all our crews a race and for the 3rd event this summer no opposition for our W Vet D 2X.
The weather forecast was good although no one had told the weather gods and the “early birds” experienced rain and those that raced later had to contend with a cross wind. The wind caused a few crews, including our new racers, a little difficulty in getting lined up on the stake boats and others some problems in steering down the course. OTRC had a good day with 5 crews winning, which included John Bishop reaching a milestone of 50 wins, some juniors winning in their first competition, and a cou-ple of stalwarts of the senior section losing their Novice status.
Despite being given a parking slot for the trailers well away from the action, the OTRC support was well in evidence and all the crews were fully supported. Parents of the new rowers were well in evidence supporting not just their offspring but joined in with supporting the club and helping with the boats. Once again the club members put in a sterling performance helping members boat, carrying equipment, sorting shoes, subbing at the last minute, rigging and trailer loading, once again showing that the OTRC spirit is alive and kicking.
Man of the Match goes to Dick, who is one of the new trailer drivers, and started his day 6.15am at the club hitching up his trailer, although his first

Read the full report here – Milton Keynes – September 2017

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