What’s on at the Regatta?
Spending a day at Henley Royal Regatta as a spectator is a special experience. For some it will all be about the sheer excitement of the competition, settling down in a prime spot with binoculars and a programme to watch side-by-side racing against the most iconic of British backdrops. For others it’s a chance to meet up with old friends and crews, but don’t forget there are other things to look out for too.
This year, for the first time, HRR are including in the daily programmes information about the exhibition rowing that takes place in the lunch and tea intervals. There will be a number of appearances during the week by injured and disabled servicemen, on water and along the course, crews who have been taking part in challenges through initiatives such as The Thames Challenge and Row2Recovery. On Friday 1st July a four from Kingston will row down the course at lunchtime in a tribute to Andy Holmes with Sir Steve Redgrave rowing in place of Andy. The Row2Recovery team will also do a row-by in their Atlantic boat alongside the racecourse on Friday and Saturday evenings, between 5.30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The River and Rowing Museum, just a ten minute walk from the course, is always worth a visit if rowing is in your blood. Don’t forget your British Rowing membership card to claim your 50% discount.
Two exhibitions to look out for this year are:
‘Rowing Through the Lens – the Photography of Peter Spurrier’
This a major retrospective spanning Spurrier’s 30 year career, featuring the iconic rowing photographs of one of the sport’s greatest chroniclers with a personal selection of his favourite shots. More details here
Rocking the Boat – The History of Women’s Rowing
The exhibition charts the struggles and successes of the women who changed the face of rowing. “The fight to be recognised as legitimate competitors was often at great personal sacrifice, and their sporting achievements are even more impressive because of this. This exhibition tells their inspirational story and demonstrates how far the sport has come since the time of Victorian women trailblazers.” Rachel Wragg, Curator.
Have a wonderful day.