New racing format for Marlow Regatta

With less than a week till entries close and just over two weeks until regatta day the Marlow Regatta committee are putting the final touches in place for the 2014 Marlow Regatta on the 21st June at Dorney Lake.

Planning has been underway for some time now for the new racing format being run this year, and the logistics required to time trial more than 400 crews and then give them all a side-by-side race. A bit like running The Head of the River Race followed by a regatta! 

The time trials will be used to seed the lanes for the finals, with the fastest seven crews in each boat class racing in the ‘A’ final, the next seven in the ‘B’ final and so on. Every boat will get to race a time trial and a final. Full results will be available via the Regatta Master website.

Regatta Radio, ably supported by the Marlow commentators, will be commentating on 87.7FM throughout the day and also live over the internet, so races can be listened to anywhere in the world by supporters from Australia, South Africa, America and Ireland as well as around the UK.

Mike Spencer-Jones, Regatta Entries Secretary said, “With a large number of entries already received and 6 more days to go before entries close on the 11th June, it looks like we are in for a large entry at Dorney Lake this year. I’m expecting some very close racing too from the seeded finals which should be exciting to watch. We regret not being able to offer the Sunday racing for Masters and Para-rowers this year as we are unable to hire the lake. This is a pity as the event was proving to be popular.”

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