Two day regatta includes open water ‘costume’ swim
MORE than 400 crews will take to the River Thames for this year’s Wargrave and Shiplake
MORE than 400 crews will take to the River Thames for this year’s Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta.
The event will be held on August 7 and 8 and feature junior, adult and veterans’ races. There will be punting, skiffing, Canadian canoes and dinghies.
A new open water swimming event has also been added to the programme. Go with the Flow will take place at 6.30am on August 8 and is for those who want to take the 500m downstream route less seriously.
Participants will walk the upstream portion of the course before entering the water by the railway bridge and swimming back. Flamboyant costumes and outrageous swimming techniques are encouraged.
Canoeists from Wargrave Boat Club will escort participants throughout the swim, aided by spotters on the bank.
The annual Wargrave and Regatta swim has been running for five years and is open to all ages and abilities. The 1,000m and 2,000m options will take place prior to the Go with the Flow swim. The 1,000m course consists of a swim upstream from just above the George & Dragon Pub to the railway bridge and back.
Competitors in the 2,000m swim complete two laps of the same course. Places are limited and registration is open at www.wsregatta.co.uk