On Saturday 16th September, Kingston Rowing Club hosted a charity event for Rosie Mitchell, a member of our club who tragically passed this time last year. As Rosie was so heavily involved with rowing at the club, her parents, Andrew and Rachel, wanted to get the whole club involved by running a regatta in her memory, to coincide as a fundraiser ahead of Andrew's epic 1000km cycle to Valencia, Spain.
We had a good turnout from the club, with 7 eights and 3 coxed quads racing against each other. Everyone donned their pink t-shirts and hit the water for some close, fun and exciting racing. The races were so close in fact, that no crew won a race by more than 3/4 of a length. With a crowd of more than 100 watching outside the club, the atmosphere was absolutely electric, especially in the final, which was our closest race of the day. The eventual victors, featuring Captain Danny O'Dowd, beat their opponents by just 3 feet.
After the regatta ended, and the sun began to set, our spectators became avid bidders as the highlight of the evening began, the auction. With some absolutely fantastic lots up for grabs, there was sense of excitement in the air. After 2 hours, and 15 fantastic lots being sold to some very happy owners, the auctioneers announced the final sum of money raised from the auction. All together, over £12,000 was raised, all of which will be going to CRY, to support their research into Sudden Arrhythmogenic Death Syndrome, to help prevent more tragic deaths like Rosie's.
The Club would like to thank everyone who helped us to run this fantastic event, from those who ran the BBQ to those who volunteered to drive the launches. You all went above and beyond what you needed to do, and your hard work has hugely benefited an absolutely brilliant cause.