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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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For the last few years Marlow Regatta have been running a 2nd day, with racing over 1000m, aimed primarily at the growing Master's rowing scene. Regretfully we are unable to continue to do this as our venue, Dorney Lake, is now unavailable for hire on the Sunday.

Given the popularity and growth of the event, in the short time we have been running it, we are disappointed not to be able to continue. Should the lake become available again in future years the committee are sure this will be revisited and the event brought back. We also regret that due to the full program of racing we have on the Saturday that there is no space to offer races for Masters over 1000m, but if you feel like giving the new race format a try, over the full 2000m course, we would be delighted to see you. You will get a time trial and then a final against boats of a similar speed.

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A short, 3 minute video has been produced with scenes from the 2014 Thames Valley Trial Head. The link to the video is available from the TVTH pages.

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The Marlow Regatta Committee would like to thank all competitors, coaches, officials and volunteers for their help and co-operation at today’s event. The weather also helped considerably! Well done the forecasters!

We hope to see you at the Regatta on Saturday June 21st. either as competitors, or as enthusiastic supporters.

Links to the 2014 results are now available from the TVTH pages. Masters handicap results will be published in the next couple of days.

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Following a meeting with Dorney Lake Services last night there have been changes made to the Site News, Circulation and Trailer parking documents on the TVTH page. Please ensure you read the updated documents as the weather and post-Olympic ground repairs at Dorney Lake are still impacting on the available parking and boat racking areas.

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The start order and important competitor information for the 2014 Thames Valley Trial Head is now available. Please click here to be taken to the TVTH page.

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All three divisions for the 2014 Thames Valley Trial Head are now full and entry has been suspended. Crews still have until 22nd January to make changes to line up. Division 4 is still open for the payment of the competitor lake fee.

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The 2014 Thames Valley Trial Head is now open for entries in BROE. Coastal clubs should get their postal entries in early as we usually fill up before the close of entries.

Entries will close on Wednesday 22nd January, or earlier if all places are taken.

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Competitors and spectators of Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake will see some significant changes in June 2014. The event which has, until recently, been held over two days will revert to one day, Saturday 21 June, as Eton College is holding its own event on Sunday 22 June.

The regatta committee is committed to offering the highest quality racing for as many competitors as possible and maximising the opportunity for all competitors to race. In 2014, 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 nearly all crews get more than one race and will create some exciting races as competitors are pitted against crews of a similar speed. It will also enable the race committee to allocate lanes more fairly should weather conditions favour one lane over another. This is the approach favoured by the British Rowing Championships and has been endorsed by a questionnaire recently carried out by the regatta.

Marlow Regatta has always offered crews from home and abroad the opportunity to meet some of their rivals ahead of Henley Royal Regatta which takes place two weeks later. It is intended in 2014 to split what is usually a large entry in IM3 Eights, by Club, School and College. We have heard from clubs that crews currently feel disadvantaged by their reduced training opportunities compared with those from Colleges and Schools.

Commenting on the changes for 2014, Marlow Regatta Chairman Peter Blaseby said:

“Although it is disappointing to be reverting to a one day regatta as a result of Dorney Lake’s availability, the committee are confident that the new format will offer competitors and spectators the opportunity to compete in and see top quality racing.”

“Opportunities to race at the height of the regatta season on world class facilities are limited. By offering a time trial and seeded finals, competitors will get more chances to race and 2014 promises to be an exciting racing schedule. We are disappointed that we are unable to offer dedicated Masters events, but welcome entries from this growing sector of the sport in this new Time Trial / Final format.”

The Committee will review the spread of events and format in 2015 and welcome feedback.

 

For more information, contact pr@themarlowregatta.com

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Details for the 2014 Thames Valley Trial Head have now been published and are available here.

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Many thanks to everybody who took part in the 2014 Marlow Regatta survey and congratulations to Star Club's Mark Bavington who is the winner the Rock the Boat prize draw, a copy of Kath Grainger's book.

Plans are now underway to take on board the feedback received and to implement changes for 2014. When the changes have been approved by the Management Committee details will be published on the website.

Many thanks again to Rock the Boat for supporting us.

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