Henley Standard Property


Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
Splashing fun at Hurley Regatta
Published 21/08/14

THE Thames was filled with bathtubs and homemade rafts for Hurley Regatta on Saturday.

Hundreds of hopefuls took part in more than 80 races at the annual event, which culminated with the ever-popular raft race.

Click here to see more photographs of the event.

Nine teams took to their rafts, made of barrels, wood and lengths of rope, before attempting to paddle their way down the 400m course.

The race was won by the Hurley Hayseeds, last year’s runners-up.

Other imaginatively-named teams included Ship Happens, the Booze Brothers and The Donuts.

As always, several rafts fell apart, plunging their crews into the water. One did so the minute it entered the water, so failed to even make it to the start line. Two others sank during the race.

Regatta chairman Martin Fry said: “It’s always good fun and even those who end up in the water enjoy it.

“There was one raft this year which we couldn’t believe stayed together. It finished last but at least made it to the end.”

In the bathtub race, the Afro-dizzy-acts were hard to miss in their bright red afro wigs and garlands but were pipped to the post by We Love Alan Shearer.

Two of the four baths which started the race sank after water filled the tubs as the competitors tried to row faster.

In the final of the little and large tandem dinghy race two crews clashed oars around the halfway mark. Both pairs managed to stay in their boats but one was knocked off course and almost collided with the bank before spectators pushed them back out into the river.

There were also some more serious events, including canoeing, dongola and punting, while off the water visitors could also take part in egg-throwing, water-carrying and dog racing competitions in the regatta arena.

Hundreds of people visited the regatta site in Mill Lane to watch the racing and many set up gazebos and barbecues on the bank.

There were fairground rides, charity and food stalls and a mini-train provided by Hurley Lions Club which ferried children in a circuit around the field.

After the racing, prizes were presented by Richard Kellaway, Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead. Later in the evening folk singer Steve Carroll performed.The regatta raises money for local charities and this year’s beneficiary is the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service in Slough. The organisers expect to have raised almost £4,000.

Mr Fry said: “The regatta went very well. The weather stayed good and, according to the feedback, people thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“We haven’t got all the figures yet but it looks as though it will be another good year.

“This is the 42nd year of the regatta and each year people come from greater distances to take part. We always have a great time.”

A raft trying to stay afloat
GOING, going....

A raft failing to stay afloat

Published 21/08/14

Junior doctors saved boy’s life
Murder investigation launched
Cyclist left fighting for his life
Removal firm on the move
Pub wins vegan award
We must save pubs, says real ale campaigner
Elton John tickets soar with resales
Regular becomes Brakspear “poster boy”
Junior doctors saved boy’s life
MP presses Minister on Henley aircraft noise
Hospital delayed again
"Whole town will suffer", says investor
Councillors row over ex-Mayor’s sick leave
Pupils donate clothing to refugees
All set for Living Advent Calendar
Murder investigation launched
Maintenance man clocks up 55 years
Help your community: be a first responder
Dinner marks Upper Thames' season
School turns old tree into cladding
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
Fifth defeat leaves Hawks in drop zone
Mixed fortunes for Henley U10s
Caversham club to host PGA EuroPro tour
Loader donates England shirt to club
Trinity Hall have edge in close encounter
Top Videos
Most Popular
Higgs Group
Tel: 01491 419400
Tel: 01491 419419
Tel: 01491 419429
Tel: 01491 419499
Tel: 01491 419449
HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD.

Cookie Policy | Copyright and Terms | Competition Rules | Contact Us | Advertise with us | Site Map
© Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited 2013  |  Registered in England number 1418717