Comment from Peter Osborn, Chairman of the Organising Committee after the 2012 Regatta:
After such a wet June and July we were concerned that the meadow would not dry out
in time for the Regatta 2012, but our luck was in and September the 1st 2012 proved
to be a wonderful sunny day.
The race programme was full and competition was fierce. There were four teams taking
part in the unique Cookham Challenge, which was won by Magnificent Seven for the
second time in succession. Cookham Reach sailing club forsake their sails for paddles
and won the Dragonboat Cup,
In the afternoon the car park was full as lots of families came for a fun day out.
The Segway gyroscopic vehicle, this year’s new feature, proved very popular as did
the Waterball, Bungy jump and Sumo wrestling. The Bisham Concert band provided a
melodic atmosphere and a youth dance group gave a lively performance. Then we were
surprised by a flash performance of Westside story by an open air youth choir.
I would like to thank everyone from Marlow Thames and Cookham Bridge Rotary Clubs
- Rotarians, families and friends - for their hard work, both preparing for the event
and on the day itself.
And finally, we are indebted to everyone in the local community - public and business
alike - for their generous efforts and support in making Cookham Regatta such a
Next year’s Regatta will be the 25thanniversary of the new Cookham regatta. We look
forward to seeing you there on Saturday 7th September!
‘Herries Hammers’ - winners of the Dragon Boat Plate
and close behind, Herries Hammers took the Dragon Boat Plate.
The canoe cat cup was won by team Eyot, who last year were joint winners in the Dragonboat,
with team ‘Novices’ taking the Canoe Cat Plate.
This year we introduced a family dinghy race. Entrants were recruited on the day
with John Thomas and family worthy winners.
‘Novices’ did themselves proud securing the Canoe Cat Plate
Preliminary indications are that we will have raised in excess of £15,000 for charities.
The funds raised will be used to support our 2012 headline charity “Wheelpower” as
well as other local charities many of which are listed elsewhere on this web-site.
In addition we will be supporting Rotary international charities such as Shelterbox
and Rotary Foundation.