CHESTER clubs claimed an impressive 19 victories at the 277th Chester Regatta.

Six clubs from the city were in action on the River Dee on Saturday, contesting 37 of the 59 events against rival crews from across the country.

Susanna Reid, of BBC Breakfast, was even in attendance to film live TV broadcasts from the race through the morning.

By the end of the eight-hour competition, Grosvenor Rowing Club had won plenty of silverware. They celebrated a double triumph in the men’s and women’s eights, followed by another double in the men’s and women’s coxed fours. To round off an excellent day, Grosvenor also won the men’s veteran C coxless fours.

The King’s School, Chester, won twice in the women’s intermediate eights and men’s coxed fours before collecting three more successes in coxed fours in the junior 18 and J15 classes and women’s J15 coxed fours.

Royal Chester won the women’s J15 coxless fours and Queen’s Park High School were the J14 and J13 class winners. They also won twice in intermediate and double sculls.

Royal Chester were the best of eight entries in J15 double sculls and dominated the six entries in the women’s J14 double sculls.

However, in the J13 class Queen’s Park outnumbered Royal Chester 4-2 to take the trophy.

Queen’s Park enjoyed a successful day, winning every event they entered apart from one, in which they came second.

The school finished the regatta by winning the women’s J14 singles courtesy of Daniela Hyatt, who produced a confident performance against Agecroft in the final.

Queen’s Park’s Ossie Ghobadi had narrowly lost out to Merchant Taylors to claim silver in the J18 singles.

Nineteen clubs took part in the day’s racing, including Hollingworth Lake RC, Liverpool Victoria RC, North Staffs RC and Nottingham RC.

The youngest sponsor of the Chester Regatta was two-year-old Bessie Belcher, daughter of honorary regatta secretary Jan Chillery, while the oldest was Chester rowing stalwart Keith Osborne, aged 88.

Grosvenor RC run regular ‘learn to row’ courses, offering an eight-week introduction to life on the river. For further information, contact Chris on 07970 950704 or visit: