Sunday, 24 October 2021

Upper Thames out to defend trophy

THE Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta will take place tomorrow (Saturday) where 263 crews will compete in 137

THE Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta will take place tomorrow (Saturday) where 263 crews will compete in 137 races throughout the day.

Racing will be held on a three-lane course over 800m from ‘Old Blades’ to Phyllis Court at four minute intervals throughout the day.

Entrants range from elite to primary, with the primary events offered especially for those who are new to the sport.

In addition to the usual Thames-based clubs, the regatta will be welcoming crews from Cardiff City, coastal clubs and Dresden, Germany.

Henley Rowing Club and Upper Thames will both be well represented with 11 and 14 crews respectively while Leander’s development squad, Star and Arrow Club, have five entries. Maidenhead and Abingdon are expected to be challenging for the Victor Ludorum title with 19 and 16 entries respectively. Last year’s title was won by Upper Thames.



The regatta enclosure is free for all to enter and families are welcomed. It will open before the first race at 8.45am with refreshments and a licensed bar available for spectators throughout the day until the last race at 6.55pm.

The entrance is a short walk from Henley town centre, just downstream from Henley bridge. Spectators can take advantage of the opportunity to follow a race onboard an umpire’s launch by making a small donation to support the cost of running the regatta.

Regatta chairman Mike Williams said: “We had an excellent day last year and are hoping for even better this year. The town and visitors’ regatta is the only event on the course to offer three-lane racing so we always have exciting races. We hope that many people from the town will come along to spectate.”



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