2019 Marlow Regatta

Racing at Marlow Regatta

Founded in 1855, the Marlow Regatta Committee is staging the Regatta at Dorney Lake on Saturday, June 22nd 2019.


We will again be offering all crews a 1,900m time trial, and then based on these results, a side-by-side race over 2,000m in A, B, C, D.... finals. Racing is expected to run from 8:30 am through to 19:00. Time trials will all be rowed first, which will take the morning to complete. They will then be followed by the Finals. The same sequence of events will be followed for Time Trials and Finals.

Some may think that there is a long time to wait between their time trial and the Final, but an analysis has shown that in fact, for the majority of crews, the wait time is shorter than when we used to run heats, repechages and then Finals.  Of course some crews were eliminated after their first heat. In the new format, all crews get a both a time trial and then a side-by-side race against crews of roughly equal speed.  We feel this gives all entrants better value for money.

The order of events is designed to allow crews to double up if they so wish.

Entry fees

Marlow Regatta strives to keep entry fees as low as possible, but as the main source of income, we have to charge a little bit more than some regattas to cover our costs. In addition to hiring the site (over £7,000), we have to bring in many temporary facilities, which are not normally present at Eton College’s Dorney Lake site. This allows us to run an event with over 2,000 competitors. We believe that the fees charged are good value when compared to other sporting events which are staged either at Dorney Lake or elsewhere. We are thinking in particular of triathlon type events, which are mostly run by Commercial companies. Rowing events are run by unpaid volunteers, although we do have to employ commercial companies for car parking, security etc.

  1. Racing will take place using 6 /7 lanes over 2000m
  2. Events with 4 or fewer entries will only be run at the regatta's discretion.
  3. For each event all crews will race a preliminary time trial over 1,900m before progressing to the finals.
  4. The time trials will be run in the same event order as the Finals.
  5. The fastest crews will progress to Final A, the next fastest to Final B etc.
  6. Crews will be seeded into the finals based upon their time trial result.
  7. Competitors may not double up in the same time trial wave.
  8. Competitors intending to race in two events should note the published Order of Finals (see summary of entries); this order will be used for all stages of the Regatta.
  9. Finals will take place at 5 minute intervals, and there will be no changes to the timetable to accommodate competitors who are racing in more than one event.
  10. Quart pewter tankards are awarded to winners of all Championship events.
  11. Pint pewter tankards are awarded to all other winners.
  1. Entries should be made on the British Rowing website.
  2. Crews wishing to double up must indicate this on their BROE entry, clearly identifying their priority event. Should the total Regatta entry prove unmanageable, then the second priority event of a doubled up crew will be rejected.
  3. Payment may be made either via the British Rowing entry system or by cheque made payable to Marlow Regatta Ltd.
  4. Entries close at 8.00pm on Wednesday, 12th June and late entries will not be accepted.
  5. Cheque payments should be sent to Hon Treasurer, Marlow Regatta, c/o 25, Greenside, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5TW
  6. All entry fees must have been received by the close of entries for an entry to be accepted.
  7. The fees for entries withdrawn after the close of entries will not be refunded. Entries withdrawn before the close of entries will be refunded in full.
  8. The list of accepted entries will be published on Friday 14th June
  9. The scheduling of races will take place at the Entry Secretary's house on Sunday 16th June.
  10. The timetable of racing will be published on Monday 17th June
  11. The committee reserves the right to retain any entry fees in the event that the regatta has to be cancelled, for whatever reason.
  12. The Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry without giving a reason and to make alterations to the Programme and Conditions for Events etc.
Competitors and Boats
  1. Competitors must provide their own boats and oars for all events.
  2. All boats must carry Empacher type slots in the bows to carry lane numbers.
  3. Crews wishing to train on the course prior to Saturday, must make their own arrangements with Dorney Lake Services.
  4. All boats must be removed immediately after racing on regatta day.
  5. The Committee accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage to equipment whilst at the Regatta.
  6. All tow vehicles or vehicles transporting boats may park for free.
  7. All other vehicles will be charged £12.00 on entry.