On the wall of Dittons Skiff and Punting
Club there is a set of framed newspaper articles describing a race between a
four sculler and a three sculler at the “Middlesex Wanderers Bank Holiday
Regatta” which was held on Boxing Day 1916. It was held to aid the funds for
the Home for Disabled Soldiers, Star and Garter, Richmond.
The four in question is believed to be
that currently owned by the Club which was built between 1890 and 1900 at
Datchet. Indeed the cox of the four in 1916 was one R H (Dick) Grosvenor who
later became a member of the Club and said it was the same boat. Dick Grosvenor
was greatly responsible for supplying the funds used to restore the four in
For the race itself the four was crewed
by veterans, one being V R Ormiston the person giving his name to the skiff
trophy for the most points in a year, whilst the three sculler was manned by
Champions. The four won, despite a late challenge from the Champions.
This year is the hundredth anniversary of this event and it has been suggested that this event could be re-created maybe with the addition of a similar ladies race. For convenience it is being held at Hampton Court and Dittons Regatta on 23rd July 2016.
original event was in support of the Home for Disabled Soldiers, the opportunity
has been taken to support the popular Help for Heroes campaign of today.
Please go along to the regatta to
support the event, and witness a bit of skiffing history being made and
The new Rules of Racing can be found on the Links web page - a summary can be downloaded from HERE
The SRA has agreed that regattas be allowed to include singles events which count towards the Junior Pennant. The parameters under which such events should be run are as follows:
The same age categories shall be used as for Doubles - viz U18, U16 and U14.
U18 and U16 categories shall have separate events for Male and Female competitors. U14 categories may be mixed.
U18 events shall be sculled over the full course; U16 and U14 events shall be half-course.
The decision whether to run these events and the nature of any trophy is up to the regatta to decide.
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