This weekend is the turn of the Henley Masters Regatta (7-8 July) with entries again for this year being oversubscribed.
This year the regatta is able to boast 1240 competitors from 170 clubs. Both the number of competitors and accepted crew entries are greater than last year and will provide two full days of racing.
The internationally known Henley Masters Regatta seeks to provide masters rowers and scullers the opportunity to race competitively side by side on the world-famous Henley course, with a friendly and welcoming bank side experience for competitors, their supporters, and other spectators.
Competitor’s ages range from 16 to 84 years (coxes can compete under the “Masters A” age limit of 27 years). The international entry, this year includes competitors from 12 countries: Great Britain, Ireland, France, USA, Australia, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Japan South Africa, New Zealand and Austria.
This diverse entry represents an excellent array of rowing and sculling experience and promises to deliver two days of enjoyable competitive racing from the “Masters’ “of the sport competing to win a “medal in the now world-famous purple boxes”.
Racing takes place over a 1000-meter course starting just above Temple Island and finishing at Upper Thames Rowing Club. There are races every 4 minutes starting at 9am on Friday with crews progressing through their events to the finals on Saturday afternoon.
This year Councillor Kellie Hinton the Deputy Mayor of Henley, Olympic Gold medallist Andy Triggs Hodge, Upper Thames Rowing Club President Paul Stuart-Bennett and Catherine McLaughlin will be presenting prizes on Saturday afternoon.
Supporters, spectators, and members of the public are most welcome to come along and enjoy the racing from the riverbank.
In addition, this year for the first time the event will be available online via pay per view live streaming.