The Henley Royal Regatta has been held on the River Thames in the town of Henley-on-Thames since 1839 and is today one of the premier events of the English social season. Bedecked in ornate hats and colourful jackets you’ll find the creme de la creme of English society cheering on the boats, glass of Pims in hand, in an effort to both see and be seen.
The Henley Regatta isn’t just a social event however, it also one of the premier events in the world of rowing, drawing teams from all over the world to compete. Over the course of five days 20 events are held: 6 classes of race for Eights, 5 for Fours, 5 for Quadruple Sculls, and races for Coxless Pairs and Double Sculls, along with single sculling races for both men and women. The main event is the Grand Challenge Cup for Men’s Eights, which has been held since the very first regatta.
So fetch your fancy hat out of the closet, get yourself a glass of Pims and head to Henley for the event of the summer!