Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Regatta attracts entries record

A RECORD number of entries have been received by the Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday).

A RECORD number of entries have been received by the Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday).

A total of 239 crews will compete in 122 races on the Henley reach.

“All we need now is a record crowd to roar them on,” said regatta chairman Mike Williams.

This year, the course has been shortened to 800m to make races more exciting for spectators and the regatta has introduced junior races and primary events for those new to the sport.

The enclosure is free to all and families are welcomed. It will open before the first race at 8.40am with refreshments and a licensed bar available throughout the day until the last race at 6.45pm. The entrance is just downstream from Henley Bridge.

Mr Williams said: “Locals can cheer crews from Henley Rowing Club, Upper Thames Rowing Club and Phyllis Court Rowing Club, who have entered more than 40 boats. With 50 clubs from other towns and cities racing against them and a race taking place every four to five minutes, there’ll be plenty of action to see.”

Spectators will also have an opportunity to follow a race aboard an umpire’s launch by making a small donation towards the cost of running the regatta.

Mr Williams thanked the event’s volunteers, subscribers, advertisers and sponsors, the stewards of the royal regatta and the town council for their support.

He said: “The regatta has been running for over 150 years and it takes a lot of organising.

“As a local event, we like to maintain a friendly atmosphere as well as having an efficient organisation and this is often reflected in the positive feedback we receive from spectators and crews.

“We hope this will again be the experience of everyone who comes to this year’s regatta, whether to watch or compete.”

For more information, visit www.henleytownregatta.org.uk

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