Tim Koch suggests how, what should have been the semi-final and finals days at Henley, can be enjoyed at home.
The Henley Stewards have not been idle during lockdown and have recently announced:
This year we might not be able to enjoy the Regatta from the banks of the Thames but that doesn’t mean we can’t experience the Henley we all know and love. Dust off your blazer, get dressed up Henley style and join us for ‘Henley at Home’.
The HRR YouTube channel will bring you the best of the race coverage from the last five years alongside interviews with Henley legends past and present…. There will be a total of ten hours of content streamed ‘as live’ on our YouTube channel over what would have been the Regatta weekend. The action will get underway at midday on Saturday, 4th July….
On the weekend itself we would love the Henley family from around the world to share photos of their garden parties, outfits and picnic celebrations. Share your photos at #HenleyAtHome.
Click here to view the digital programme for Saturday and Sunday, here to download a pdf copy and here to view the Regatta’s YouTube Channel.
Get a taster from the Henley at Home promo video below:
Of course, it is not only the Henley of 2019 that can be revisited on YouTube. Below are a few of the most watchable films and videos of regattas past that are on this the most popular of the video-sharing platforms.
Baron Cohen, a Cambridge graduate, was in his guise as ‘Borat’, a fictitious Kazakh journalist interviewing and interacting with real people who believe that he is a confused foreigner with little or no understanding of British customs. He sets the tone with his introductory piece-to-camera: ‘I come to Henley Regatta where old English gentlemen look at young muscly boy in a boat shaped like a man’s hràng. This is most special event of Summer Season. I come to find out why.’
Although crude and puerile, if the viewer is in on the joke and the interviewee is not, it is difficult not to laugh.
I enjoyed the YouTube film of your visit to Henley, but am wondering why it is set up as “unlisted” rather than “public” as this makes it impossible to find again in any searches?
Teresa, the HTBS video from 2011 has now been uploaded on the HTBS YouTube channel and made public.
I think it’s possible to identify the two scullers in the 1899 clip. My stop watch gives the winning margin as about 5½ seconds. Looking at the results of the races in the 1899 Diamonds, the only one that seems to fit is the quarter-final in which Harry Blackstaffe of Vesta beat Charles Fox of Pembroke College Oxford by “just over two lengths” (according to the HRR record book) or “two and a half lengths” (The Times).
Great detective work, Malcolm!