The story of Marlow Regatta

Marlow Regatta 1919Marlow Regatta is one of the multi-lane 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 is organised by a committee of volunteers on behalf of the regatta Subscribers.

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The 165th Marlow Regatta will take place on Saturday 20th June 2020 at Dorney Lake, Eton.


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A total of 515 crews have been entered for the 2017 Thames Valley Trial Head. Local schools are present in large numbers and we also welcome crews from further afield, including several coastal rowing clubs. The full start order and boating times are now available from the TVTH page.

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Entry details for the 2017 Thames Valley Trial Head on Sunday 29th January are now available on the TVTH page.

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The Time Trial start order and schedule of racing has now been published on the Regatta page.

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The full list of competing crews has now been published on the Regatta page.

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Unfortunately, due to the forecast of strong wind and direction, the 2016 was cancelled 3 days before the event. A full refund of all entry fees has been made to all entrants. The 2017 Thames Valley Trial Head is scheduled for Sunday 5th February 2017

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It is with deep regret that we have to report the sudden death of Adrian Kerridge, a Vice President of Marlow Regatta. Our sympathy goes to his wife and family.

Adrian was a long term worker and supporter of the Regatta. For many years he prepared all the paperwork for crew registration, and oversaw the running of the registration team on the day. When, very recently,  this became too much for him, he happily sponsored an event at the Regatta. He will also be remembered for what became a “traditional” part of the Regatta’s Annual General Meetings; the “grilling”of successive Hon Treasurers, which was always very correct and kept all those officers on their toes.

Adrian was also a long term member of Marlow Rowing Club and you can find further details regarding his funeral on their website.

Please note that for those planning to attend, Marlow Suspension Bridge is closed to traffic, but open for pedestrians.

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Many thanks to all clubs, crews and coaches for entering the 2016 regatta and to the small army of volunteers who worked with the competitors and behind the scenes. Racing ran to schedule and we even had the start umpire setting races off early, helped by the still conditions. We sincerely hope you enjoyed your day at the regatta either racing, coaching or volunteering.

A summary of this year's winners, along with their prize giving photographs, can now be found on the results page with the full results from Regatta Master.

If you do have any feedback on how your day went, please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you and to get your ideas on how to move the regatta forward.

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We are pleased to announce the election of Ivor Lloyd as the new chairman of Marlow Regatta's management committee.

Following Peter Blaseby's retirement in 2015 the directors of Marlow Regatta Ltd had appointed Ivor to act as interim chairman. This position was ratified at the 2016 AGM where he became a fully elected member of the regatta committee and was elected as chairman. Ivor brings a wealth of experience from the rowing world to the role having been the site manager at Dorney Lake and also chairman at Leander Club.

Retiring chairman Peter Blaseby was presented with an engraved gift and quart tankard in thanks for all his time serving the regatta. His wife Anne was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

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It is with regret that it has been decided to cancel this year's Trial Head.

We reviewed three current weather forecasts, and all are predicting average wind speeds of 25 to 30mph, with gusts of 40 to 50 mph; conditions not dissimilar from those in place today.

Thinking of our duty of care towards both competitors and officials, we have concerns regarding:-

  1. Wind blowing weaker crews into banks and corners of the Lake, from where, experience indicates, it is very difficult for some to extricate themselves.
  2. Loading, unloading boats to and from trailers, and carrying boats on land in such strong winds is hazardous, and boats may even be blown over when tied onto trestles.
  3. Well loaded trailers, travelling from far or near, are very prone to cross winds. We don’t wish to be the cause of a serious accident.
  4. Officials will be on continuous duty, and whilst we had arranged for mobile refreshments, this would be asking a lot.

We hope that everyone will understand our reasoning, and are very sorry to have to cancel, but the forecast, which is usually very reliable for the next four days, at least makes it possible for us to give you early notice, so that you may adjust your plans.

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Due to unprecedented demand we have had to close entries for the TVTH after just 48 hours. All 3 divisions are now full and, unless we receive any major withdrawals, are likely to stay that way.

Please keep fingers crossed for decent weather on the 31st January.

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