As usual, I have many photographs that I took over the five days of Henley that I did not use in previous posts – but here are a few of them. Further, for great moving images see the selection of ‘highlights’ videos on the Henley YouTube Channel. The broadcasting of the regatta was an unqualified success that managed to satisfactorily combine modern technology with an Edwardian Garden Party. It was best summarised by Martin Cross writing on the British Rowing website:
…. the story of this year’s Regatta was not about the crews, races, or records – although they were part of it. No, it was the fact that the dramas played out on that historic stretch of the Thames, were seen throughout the country, all over the continent and even around the globe. On the 4th of July, Americans were having ‘Henley parties’ in their houses. Dressing in their rowing blazers, or summer dresses, drinking Pimms and watching the Regatta on YouTube. In the Australian evening, Sydney residents were glued to their sets, to see how their crews would fare in the finals. And in Amsterdam, on the Bosbaan, Nico Rienks – arguably Holland’s greatest ever rower – in the company of his Nereus club mates watched his son, Rik, beat Lyon University in the final of the Temple. They – and probably you too – were watching not just because it was the first time in ages that Henley had been televised. But crucially the coverage was revolutionary. It wasn’t ‘just’ the use of the drone – though the view that the drone gave of crews jousting between Fawley and Remenham was sensational. No, it was as much about the vision, energy and raw power that these images conveyed. Undoubtedly, Henley Royal Regatta has raised the bar for how our sport can and should be covered in the 21st-century.
YouTube also shows how television broadcast Henley in 1976. Interestingly, even this relatively primitive coverage is still very engaging.
And finally, my first visit to Henley Royal Regatta was thirty years ago, in 1985. Here are a couple of scanned photographs from that memorable occasion.