Henley Masters Regatta Celebrates 30th Anniversary This Weekend

The 2024 Henley Masters Regatta will be held this Friday and Saturday (12-13 July) and will celebrate a 30-year anniversary, with the regatta first being held in 1994.

The 2024 regatta has again been oversubscribed with more entries than the two-day event can accommodate.

Both the number of competitors and accepted crew entries are greater than last year with the 2024 entry including: 1253 competitors in over 366 crews, representing 158 different rowing clubs, with competitors’ ages ranging from 15 to over 80 years, (including 12 competitors in the Masters J over 80 years old category). Note Coxes can compete under the Masters A limit of 27 years.

The regatta is very pleased to again attract an international entry, with this year competitors coming from 12 countries including: Denmark, Serbia, Belgium, Portugal, Great Britain, Ireland, USA, Australia, The Netherlands, Germany, Japan, and New Zealand.

The regatta provides masters rowers and scullers the opportunity to competitively race side by side on the world-famous Henley course, with a friendly and welcoming bank side experience for competitors, their supporters, and other spectators. In addition, races will be live streamed via a pay per view service, enabling viewers globally to watch racing.

The crews entered contain a mix of competitors who have taken up rowing later in life alongside experienced rowers and scullers including former Olympians and Internationals, all competing to win a prized “medal in the now world-famous purple boxes”.

Racing takes place over a 1000-metre 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 Tom Buckley (Deputy Mayor of Henley), Fiona Dennis, (HRR Steward and Daughter of one of the regatta founders Harry Harvey),  Paul Stuart Bennett (Upper Thames Rowing Club President), Catherine McLaughlin (Wife of HMR Event secretary John McLaughlin 2010-2014) 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.

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