MORE than 140 crews will do battle on the River Dee on Saturday at the Chester Regatta.

The historic meeting, which is still going strong after more than 275 years, runs from 9am-5pm and will feature clubs from Chester and throughout the north west competing for honours.

Regatta secretary Jan Chillery is happy with the turnout.

She said: “In April the Amateur Rowing Association fundamentally changed its rules governing the award of points to winners of events, and we were concerned as to how this would affect entries.

“Consequently, we ensured we offered a broad range of events including races in eights and fours for mixed male and female crews. This approach has been proved correct, since we have received entries in many more eights and fours categories than we did in 2008.

“We are sure this will contribute to exciting racing on Saturday.”

The Frost & Holland Challenge Cup will be a hard-fought competition featuring Royal Chester RC against Bangor University College BC and Mersey RC.

The Admiral of the Dee Trophy for maiden fours will be tough, with seven crews competing for their novice pot, including The King’s School BC and Chester University. The Junior 18 double sculls will feature crews from Queen’s Park High School RC and Royal Chester RC.

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