The Henley Town & Visitors’ Regatta held its draw last Sunday and has once again seen a record number of entries. The Regatta, which takes place on Saturday August 1 will see 288 crews racing in 150 races across 51 different categories.
The Regatta enclosure is free for all to enter and families are welcomed. It will open before the first race at 8.30am with refreshments and a licensed bar available for spectators throughout the day until the last race at 7.00pm. The entrance is a short walk from Henley town centre, just downstream from Henley Bridge.
Racing will be held on a 3-lane course over 800m from ‘Old Blades’ to Phyllis Court at 4 minute intervals throughout the day. Entrants range from ‘Elite’ to ‘Primary’, with the ‘Primary events offered especially for those who are new to the sport. Once again, the Regatta has also seen a large number of entries from Junior competitors. Spectators can take advantage of the opportunity to follow a race onboard an umpire’s launch by making a small donation to support the cost of running the Regatta.
The local clubs are well represented with over 60 entries from Henley Rowing Club, Upper Thames, Phyllis Court, Shiplake College, Shiplake Vikings and Star and Arrow combined. The local crews will be facing opposition from crews from over 40 clubs from towns and cities from afar afield as Taunton and Newcastle, The USA is represented by entries from Fort Worth Rowing Club and Parati Competitive Rowing Club in Texas.
Regatta Chairman, Mike Williams said, “We are delighted to see another increase in the number of entries for the Regatta and are expecting some very good racing. It is particularly good to see so many local crews entered and we hope lots of people from the town will take the opportunity to come and support – the forecast is certainly looking better than last year!”
The Town Regatta is organised by local people and supported by local organisations and families. James Lee, Regatta Secretary said, “I’d like to use this opportunity to thank our volunteers, subscribers, advertisers and sponsors, all of whom play a vital part in keeping the Regatta going. I’d also like to express gratitude on behalf of the Regatta Committee towards the Stewards of Henley Royal Regatta, who allow us to use their land and facilities, and to Henley Town Council who have supported the Regatta consistently for many years.”
Details of the regatta can be found at www.henleytownregatta.org.uk, where there are also links to the regatta’s Twitter feed and Facebook page.