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 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.
One thought is to move the qualifying races to Tuesday. This would allow foreign crews to arrive later.