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War of the Roses
This is Bradford’s unique invitational Annual Masters Regatta. Clubs across the North send veteran crews of all ages and abilities who are then mixed up and sent out in Fours and Quads for a crazy knockout competition! It’s a great day, not to be taken too seriously and a lovely way to meet people from other Clubs and experience some mad sprint racing! The day culminates with an Eight’s sprint between a Red Rose crew and a White Rose crew with names being pulled from a hat. Curry and beer finishes the evening in style . Since the event started Lancashire (the Red Rose) have won three times, with Yorkshire (the White Rose) winning four times after getting a hat-trick in 2013.
On the 23rd April 2016 it was a White Rose victory – by a canvas – see picture below – so Lancashire will be hoping to win the rematch on 22nd April 2017 and prevent another hat-trick by Yorkshire.
2015 marked the presentation of the Peter Finney Trophy for the War of the Roses Challenge Eights. Peter was a long time member of Bradford Amateur Rowing Club, (joining in 1948) as well as being President for 12 years. Regrettably he passed away in 2014 but his wife (Richmal) and family suggested a trophy in his memory. Peter was an advocate of Veteran Rowing and social occasions, and it was felt that the War of the Roses qualified on both counts. BARC thanks Peter’s family whole heartedly for this super gesture and fantastic cup.