THE popular Henley Masters Regatta takes place today (Friday) and tomorrow over 1,000 metres of the
THE popular Henley Masters Regatta takes place today (Friday) and tomorrow over 1,000 metres of the regatta course.
Once again the event, now in its 22nd year, was over subscribed with organisers closing entries six weeks early to the disappointment of many crews.
Racing starts from just above Temple Island finishing at Upper Thames Rowing Club, who organise the event.
There are 120 clubs entered across the 75 age and boat categories that the regatta offers, including entries from the USA, Italy, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, China and the Netherlands.
There is also a large local interest with Upper Thames having 23 crews entered and Henley one.
Events are broken into age categories, with a minimum average age of 36 and the oldest competitors into their 80s. Some of the crews entered include former Olympians and internationals.
There are races every four minutes from 9am to 6pm today and 8am to 6pm tomorrow with crews progressing through their events to the finals on Saturday afternoon.
The winners’ medals will be presented by Diane Sutherland, president of the regatta; Lucy McLaughlin, John Howell, MP for Henley, and Lorraine Hillier, mayor of Henley.