Tim Koch checks that the first day of this year’s Henley Royal Regatta is up to standard.
My yesterday visit to the now Tuesday to Sunday Henley Royal Regatta was fairly brief as I was rather tired after finishing the final part of Auriol Kensington Rowing Club’s row from Hammersmith to Henley, a 60-year-old tradition that takes place over three days and finishes on the Monday of Henley week.
My main concern was to check that no pizzas were on sale in the Stewards’ Enclosure (as was the case in last year’s COVID compliant Henley Lite), that the course was straight and that the Stewards were properly dressed. I took the pictures posted here as evidence of this and I hope (but do not promise) to put up more on every day of the regatta. As usual, these will be short on time consuming text.
Lack of prose from me should not be too much of a problem as hrr.co.uk has more than enough information for HTBS Types and, of course, there is the Henley YouTube Channel with livestream and prerecorded video.
The Regatta Press Office’s view of Tuesday’s highlights are here.