ETON Excelsior Rowing Club hosted 13 crews for its annual novice regatta at their home between Bray and Boveney Lock on the River Thames on Sunday.

Formerly know as 'Pubs and Clubs', the day welcomed over 60 competitors and clubs from the Thames Valley Explore Rowing League, plus a number of spectators who lined the riverside to cheer on their squads.

Racing along a challenging 500 metre stretch of water, the crews battled it out in coxed quads. There were 12 races in the novice category and 14 in the experienced division.

Taking the title in the novice category was a crew from Marlow with

Eton Excelsior

as runners-up, while Weybridge Wayfarers won the experienced group ahead of Staines in second place.

Both winning teams were presented with individual trophies by Eton Club Captain, Rachel Smillie, Chairwoman, Nicki Kelly, and Jim Biggs from the 1921 Club (parents of rowing children at Sir William Borlase's Grammar School), who helped to co-organise the event.

Smillie said: "We enjoyed an incredible day of rowing with fellow Thames clubs, with at least three photo-finish races.

"We were really proud to see new rowers from the most recent Learn to Row courses at Eton Excelsior making the semi-finals as well as welcoming other clubs with people who are also new to the sport."

Eton Excelsior recently launched its 2019 Learn to Row programme, releasing course dates through to August to allow beginners to try their hand at rowing for the first time.

The dates are; Sunday 23rd June, Sunday 14th July and Sunday 18th August.

No previous rowing experience is necessary for the Learn to Row course though participants must be competent swimmers.

The local club, based on a stretch of the River Thames near Windsor Marina, welcomes new members of all ages and abilities.

For more information visit etonexcelsiorrowingclub.org