Marlow Regatta History

Boating Area Marlow Regatta is one of the major regattas in the British Rowing calendar, attracting a large entry from schools, clubs and universities from around the UK along with overseas crews who are preparing for Henley Royal Regatta. It is an independent regatta that isn't run on behalf of a single rowing club, but is organised by a committee of volunteers on behalf of the regatta Subscribers.

2007 was the first 2 day Marlow Regatta at Dorney, with over 11 hours of racing on the Saturday and racing on the Sunday for the first time. In 2011 Masters events were introduced on the Sunday for the first time and look set to grow in popularity. Regrettably in 2014 the regatta has had to revert to a single day as the Dorney Lake course at Eton is unavailable for hire on the Sunday.

The regatta takes place two weeks prior to Henley Royal Regatta and for some competitors this will be the last chance to pre-qualify for Henley Royal. Racing takes place on Saturday between 08:30 and 19:00, with heats, repechage and finals. Races use 6-7 lanes of the 10 lane 2000m lake.


In 2001, after 145 years on the River Thames in Marlow, the regatta moved to the multi-lane rowing course at Dorney Lake, Eton (near Windsor). This move has allowed the regatta to expand and to attract a larger number of international competitors. In fact the number of competitors attending has grown each year since the regatta moved.

Use the side bar on the right to look at the history of Marlow Regatta from 1885 to the present day.

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