Saturday, 18 November 2017

Ready for sixth day?

HENLEY Royal Regatta could add a sixth day, according to chairman Sir Steve Redgrave.

HENLEY Royal Regatta could add a sixth day, according to chairman Sir Steve Redgrave.

He said: “Possibly in the next few years we could be expanding to a six-day regatta.

“There’s a lot of people who are very much against that because the sport is run by volunteers... it does take over our lives, but we’re passionate about it and to move the sport on, and to get more events in and more people at the highest quality of what Henley Royal Regatta stands for, we’re getting very close, I think, to having a six-day regatta.”

The 1839 regatta took place on a single afternoon but proved so popular with oarsmen that from 1840 a second day was added, followed by a third in 1886 and a fourth in 1906.

In 1986 the regatta was extended to five days, with an increase in the maximum entry for certain events.





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