Henley 2020: Twenty Percent Extra

As they say over the public address system at Henley Royal Regatta, ‘Here is an announcement….’

31 May 2019

By Tim Koch

Tim Koch starts saving for a sixth pint of Pimm’s.

According to the online Henley Standard on Henley Royal Regatta:

The regatta has made a licensing application to the public protection partnership to run from Tuesday to Sunday from 2020 in order to include more races for female rowers and crews. It says the extra day will also allow it to leave bigger gaps between races, allowing the rowers a ‘breather’ off the water.

The entries for the first Henley Regatta. Picture: Thomas E. Weil collection.

The first Henley Regatta was held over one afternoon and evening on 14 June 1839. It proved so successful that in 1840 it was run over two days. As the event became a British institution and part of the Summer Season, it was extended to three days in 1886, four in 1906 and five in 1986.

Henley in 1844. No doubt, the people on the riverbank are saying that the event has got too big and that it is not as good as it used to be.

 

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