There were 145 paddlers at this event with large fields for Class 1 (Senior K2) and Class 7 (Ladies K1 & Advanced C1). The largest number of boats was for Class 3 (Veteran Mens) - a record breaking 24 entries, of whom nearly half were SuperVets.
The next race will be at Herts Young Mariners Base at Cheshunt on Sunday 19th November - see the Cheshunt HYMB WS page for full details.
The full results can be found on the Summer Series results page.
Photos of the event taken by Chris Worrall can be found in his Flickr album.
Next Sunday Chelmsford will be hosting the third and final regatta of this year's series.
There were 156 competitors for the opening race of the 2016-17 Winter Series, in 126 boats. The senior K2 race on the long course proved especially popular, with a massive 23 entries.
It was lovely to see most of the usual faces, and we were particular pleased to welcome a small team from Norwich CC for the first time.
The Chelmsford team supplied two new course records on the long course. Dan Johnson & James Walkinton completed the 7 miles and 6 portages in 52:42, beating the previous best time of 54:19 set in 2014 by Mark & Peter Wilkes. The Mixed K2 record of 57:28 (2015, Leanne Brown and Aaron Jordan) fell to Mark Wilkes and Kat Wilson, who finished in 53:08. On the middle-distance course, Melissa Johnson came very close to equalling Vicky Surrage's record of 44:44 for Ladies K1 which has stood since 2007, by completing the 5 miles and 3 portages in 44:50.
GB Paddler Noah Dembele kindly came along to present the awards at the end of the day. After the medals for the day's racing came the presentation of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for the 2016 Summer Series as a whole, based on each paddler's best three performances in the four-regatta series (but with a minimum of two regatta entries to be eligible).
The full race results for the Stortford Regatta and the end of Series positions can be found on the Sprint Series Results page.
More photos from the day can be found in Angela's Flickr album, and (for FB friends of Chris Sze) Chris's FaceBook Album.
Many thanks to all the organisers and volunteers who have staged these regattas, and also the Team Leaders and paddlers who have turned out to support them. We hope to see you all again at the Winter Series Marathons which will kick off at Stortford on 6th November - see the Winter Series pages for details. If you sign up to the FRA mailing list you will be kept up to date on news about the Winter and Summer series.
Mild and sunny weather on the day of the race (15 November) came as a relief after the cold and wet conditions in the preceding days. One hundred and fifty four competitors turned out to enjoy the surprisingly pleasant conditions. Even the stiff breeze was not without benefit as it helped to dry out the field before the race sufficiently to allow parking.
There was a good turnout of 59 entries for the Sprint Regatta at Stortford, and the day stayed fine and dry. After the usual 500m and 200m heats there were some 500m and 2000m K2 races.
It was particularly pleasing to see that so many people stayed for the prizegiving. Stortford Mayor Daniel Abbott was unfortunately called into work at the last minute and was only able to stop by the event briefly, but Deputy Mayor Councillor Colin Woodward gamely stepped into the breach and presented the awards.
See the results from the Stortford regatta and also the 2015 Summer Series class trophy results.