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This Saturday 21 June, Dorney Lake, the 2012 Olympic Regatta venue, will play host to the Marlow Regatta. The appetite to race at this world class facility and this historical regatta remains strong with a bumper entry this year which will see competitors from schools, colleges, clubs and universities from home and abroad making the most of their last opportunity to eye up the competition before Henley Royal Regatta in two weeks time.

The format of racing this year has been changed to maximise the opportunities for crews to race. Rather than a traditional  “Heat / Repechage / Final” progression system, the first race in each event will be run as a Time Trial and then crews will be seeded into finals (A, B, C etc) based on their results.

This system will ensure that all crews get more than one race and will create some exciting races. It is anticipated that the photo finish camera is going to be very busy as competitors are pitted against crews of a similar speed.

There is something for everyone this year as local schools and clubs, such as Marlow, Sir William Borlase, Henley, Leander and Maidenhead will be represented alongside crews from across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and South Africa, and Australia.

Not only will the racing be tight but spectators will be able to listen to the action from start to finish on Regatta Radio on (87,7 Fm) and visit "Once Upon a Bus" - a double-decker bus with traditional storytellers to entertain the children, or big kid in you, between races.

Commenting on this year’s regatta, Marlow Regatta Chairman, Peter Blaseby said:

"Although the regatta committee are disappointed that they have had to revert to a single day regatta for 2014due to the unavailability of the venue on Sunday, we are delighted that the entries are so strong. Spectators are set for an exciting day of racing across all racing categories. "

"A regatta such as ours relies on the support of the athletes, our sponsors, volunteers, visiting officials and spectators and we are delighted that once again the Marlow Regatta is set to be top class fixture in the racing calendar"

Entry to the regatta is £15 per car and there is no special dress code - unless you would like to become a subscriber. You can follow the action on Twitter @marlowregatta and for more information visit

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By John Simm
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