PRESS RELEASE : Photo finishes expected at Marlow Regatta, Dorney Lake

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 Mike Spencer-Jones
18th Jun, 9:30pm
Entries closed and crews published

The 2014 entries closed with 380 accepted entries. The list of the crews is now available for viewing on the regatta page. The race schedule is planned to be published on Sunday evening. If you are fortunate enough to win this weekend and change crew status please let us know by Sunday evening.

By Mike Spencer-Jones
13th Jun, 8:53pm
Deadline for entries

A reminder that entries close at 20:00 tonight, 11th June, and that payment needs to have been received to confirm your entry. Please don't miss out by not submitting your crews and paying in BROE.

By Mike Spencer-Jones
11th Jun, 7:51am
Excitement builds for 2014 regatta

With less than a week till entries close and just over two weeks until regatta day the Marlow Regatta committee are putting the final touches in place for the 2014 Marlow Regatta on the 21st June at Dorney Lake. Planning has been underway for some time now for the new racing format being run this year, and the logistics required to time trial 400+ crews and then give them all a side-by-side race. A bit like running the HORR followed by a regatta!
The time trials will be used to seed the lanes for the finals, with the fastest 7 crews in each boat class racing in the 'A' final, the next 7 in the 'B' final and so on. Every boat will get to race a time trial and a final. Full results will be available via the Regatta Master website. Regatta Radio, ably supported by the Marlow commentators, will be commentating on 87.7FM throughout the day and also live over the internet, so races can be listened to anywhere in the world by supporters from Australia, South Africa, America and Ireland as well as around the UK.

Mike Spencer-Jones, Regatta Entries Secretary said, "With a large number of entries already received and 6 more days to go before entries close on the 11th June, it looks like we are in for a large entry at Dorney Lake this year. I'm expecting some very close racing too from the seeded finals which should be exciting to watch. We regret not being able to offer the Sunday racing for Masters and Para-rowers this year as we are unable to hire the lake. This is a pity as the event was proving to be popular."

By Mike Spencer-Jones
5th Jun, 11:44pm
Once Upon A Bus - A world of story telling

To help entertain the children, and the child in you, between races we will be hosting "Once Upon A Bus" at the 2014 Marlow Regatta with their double-decker bus.

A wonderful new world-on-wheels of storytelling rolled in to the Royal Borough on May the 10th!  "Once Upon a Bus" has been launched to celebrate the traditional storytelling craft with entertaining sessions on a beautiful customised double-decker bus.

Specially developed to allow young people to enjoy and explore the magic of storytelling in an interactive, immersive environment, designed, inside and out, to deliver an out-of-this-world experience, the storytelling bus will transform any event into an unforgettable adventure... through the deep dark forests, over soaring mountains, tranquil villages, bustling towns and endless oceans of the imagination.

By Mike Spencer-Jones
4th Jun, 10:10pm
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