Dear <<First Name>>,
The Sun's out and we're on the water! Still need warm clothes ...
Not the Walton & Weybridge Regatta?
With the news that the Walton & Weybridge Regatta will not be held this year due to complications arising from the need for covid security (and similarly the Weybridge Ladies Regatta) it seemed we would lose one of our favourite events. WWR is a 'grand old regatta' with marquees and catering and vendors and posh ceremonial. The cost and complexity of running the event in its present form would not have been justified by the entries enabled so very sadly the committee has had to call 'time' on it. But hopefully it will be back in 2022.
However Walton RC and Weybridge RC are working together on plans for a simpler regatta on the same Saturday, 22nd May 2021. Planning is in very early stages (but ramping up). The event will most likely be held in the Cut (as is normally the Weybridge Ladies Regatta) and there will not be catering, marquees and the other stuff that makes WWR so special. But there will be racing which is what we're after!
As entries will be severely curtailed compared to WWR's, very few clubs and schools will be invited; expect it to be those on our stretch plus a few with whom we have connections. More detail, later.
As Captain I'm leaving the detailed planning to those that know what they're talking about BUT I will be after volunteers! We need lots of people to help umpire, marshal, set up, break down and generally keep things running. There will be jobs for all including juniors (perhaps working with adults who are experienced marshals so we can use the opportunity to pass on knowledge). Certainly if anyone is hoping to race they will be expected to volunteer (and if they don't volunteer they will be 'volunteered'!).
So please keep the date - Saturday 22nd May 2021 - in your diaries and when we have a firmer idea of timings I'll be in touch. Thank you.