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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Have your say in how the 2014 Marlow Regatta is run by taking part in our survey. The survey is open from 21st-28th October and all participants have a chance of winning Dreams do come true by Katherine Grainger, which has kindly been donated by Rock the Boat.

The survey can be accessed from here.

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Summer is nearly around the corner and with it the chance to finally put whatever training you have managed this winter to the test and race side by side. There will be the usual regular 2/3 lane river regattas most weekends from the end of April through to September, but if you are aiming higher you will probably be targeting the larger multi-lane events in your build up to HRR, HWR, Nat Schools or Junior Championships. Normally that would just mean selecting your target multi-lane regattas, entering your event, waiting for the draw and then hoping you will be able to be one of the top 3 in your heat to progress to the next round (The traditional multi-lane regatta race format in the UK). But for 2014 you may need to think again, especially the seniors, or at least slightly differently, as at least 3 of the 5 pre-Henley Royal multi-lane regattas are offering different formats this year.

Wallingford regatta

           All change for Senior events this year with just 3 new classes of senior events being run, Club, Challenge & Lightweight. Junior events are being run as before. Club events are open to all club entries, but not to crews who would qualify for J18 status. Challenge events will have a minimum points entry criteria set between IM3 and IM2 and are intended for crews aiming to qualify for Henley Royal Regatta. Lightweight events are offered for the Olympic crew boat categories. The minimum points for the Challenge events are: - 8+ 24 points, 4- / 4x 12 points, 2- / 2x 6 points, 1x 3 points

http://wallingford-regatta.org.uk/

Notts City regatta

            Running in traditional format in 2014

https://sites.google.com/site/nottinghamcityregatta/Home

National Schools regatta

            Championship and First eight events will run as time trials to seeded semi-finals. Girls First and Second eights will run as a single event, using the same format as above, but the fastest second eight will be awarded medals.

http://www.nsr.org.uk/?page_id=824

Metropolitan regatta

            Traditional Saturday regatta, but on the Sunday they are running the Challenge Eights events alongside normal events for smaller boat classes. The Challenge events, which are open to all eights (one event each for open and women’s crews), follows the format used at the 2013 British Rowing Senior Championships. These events will each begin with a time trial. The top 32* crews in each event will proceed to an A/B, C/D or E/F semi-final on the basis of their speed in the time trial and then race for places in the A-F finals. The remaining crews will proceed directly to G or H finals on the basis of their speed in the time trial. Semi-finals and finals will be run over the full 2000m Olympic course.

The fastest open eight will be awarded the Peter Coni Cup and medals will be awarded to the crews of the fastest Elite, Senior, IM1, IM2 and IM3 eights, whatever their finish position. The fastest women’s eight will be awarded the Di Ellis Trophy and medals will be awarded to the crews of the fastest Elite, Senior, IM1 and IM2 eights.

http://www.metregatta.org/?p=562

Reading regatta

            Traditional & popular 2 lane river regatta raced over 1500m on the Saturday and 1000m on the Sunday

http://www.reading-amateur-regatta.org/

Henley Women’s Regatta

            The pinnacle of the UK Women’s rowing season. A traditional knockout, side by side, race format, though events with large entries will have to race a time trial on the Friday to progress to the knockout stage.

http://www.hwr.org.uk/

Marlow Regatta

            Again all change for 2014. Marlow is reverting back to a single day as Dorney Lake is unavailable for hire on the Sunday. On the racing front all events will run seeding time trials for the first round. Crews then progress to the A-G finals based on their place in the time trials. The fastest 7 crews in each event will progress to the A final, the next 7 to the B final and so on. All crews will race a time trial and a final. The other change at Marlow is the splitting of the Intermediate 3 Eights into separate Club, University & School events.

http://www.themarlowregatta.com/competitors/

Henley Royal Regatta

            This is the main regatta of the summer for many Senior & Junior mens crews. Crews who have shown their speed at prior regattas can pre-qualify, the rest will have to race in the qualifying time trial races on the preceding Friday. Traditional, side-by-side, knockout races run from Wednesday through to the finals on Sunday.

www.hrr.co.uk

British Rowing Junior Championships

            Time trials will be run for events with large entries, followed by semi-finals and finals.

http://www.britchamps.org/juniors

 

Then you have 2-3 months to have a break and start all over again for the British Rowing Seniors Championships in October.

            The British Champs is split over 2 days, with different boat classes offered on each day. They are offering 8+, 4-, 4x & 2x in Open & Women’s classes for Seniors, Under 19 (4x & 2x) & Under 23 in open weight and lightweight. There are also BUSA University classes for 8+. Time trials by boat type followed by A/B, C/D etc. semi-finals and then A, B, C, D etc. finals. The fastest 3 in each boat class after the finals will be awarded medals.

http://www.britchamps.org/seniors

 

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As a trial for the 2014 Marlow Regatta the Intermediate 3 Eights category is going to be run as three separate classes; Club, University and Schools. Intermediate 2 Eights and above will continue to be offered as a single class. 

The full list of events, plus the order the events will be run and an outline timetable, will be published on the Regatta pages by the end of April.

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Marlow Regatta is looking for volunteers to help with the planning and preparation for the 2014 Thames Valley Trial Head and 2014 Marlow Regatta. We are also looking for volunteers to join our race management team. If you could help in either of these areas please get in touch with us via volunteer@themarlowregatta.com

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Photographs of the 2013 prize presentations are now available to view here, along with a selection of photographs of the racing.

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Listen to live race commentary around the course on 87.7fm or anywhere around the world at

http://radio.canstream.co.uk:8511/live.mp3.m3u

The link will open the default media player (eg. Windows Media Player, iTunes etc) and play the stream. 

If the above link causes problems, here are the specific links for specific media players:

 

Winamp: 

http://manage.canstream.co.uk/tunein.php/regatta/playlist.pls

Windows Media Player: 

http://manage.canstream.co.uk/tunein.php/regatta/playlist.asx

Real Player: 

http://manage.canstream.co.uk/tunein.php/regatta/playlist.ram

QuickTime: 

http://manage.canstream.co.uk/tunein.php/regatta/playlist.qtl

 

 

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After hosting the Olympic rowing and canoeing regatta 12 months ago, this weekend Dorney Lake plays host to Marlow Regatta. The regatta committee are delighted that in spite of the horrendous weather conditions athletes and spectators experienced at last year’s regatta, there has been a good entry across all events. The regatta this weekend will welcome over 150 eights – which must be approaching the record for the Regatta.

On Saturday 15 June crews will race over 2000 metres and spectators will see local crews and clubs including, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, Eton College, Claires Court, Shiplake College, RGS High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Marlow, Henley, Upper Thames, Staines and Leander battle it out over the 2000 metre course. The regatta will welcome foreign crews ASR Nereus (Holland), Brentwood College (USA), Tigre (Argentina), Union Nautique De Liege (Belgium) and a strong Irish contingent from Carlow, Dublin University, and Trinity College Dublin Rowing Club. Despite the date being moved to accommodate the World Cup Regatta (21 June- 23 June) Marlow Regatta has retained its prequalifying status for Henley Regatta, so the stage is set for some very exciting racing.

The Elite Eight event will see top crews from across the country battle it out to win the Grand Challenge Cup, including Thames RC, Abingdon School, Molesey BC, Oxford Brookes University, and Newcastle University.

On Sunday 16 June the course will be reduced to 1000m for the Masters events where competitors of more advanced years, many in the over 60’s class, of both sexes, will show that the competitive spirit never dies!

 The regatta committee have been keen to embrace the legacy of 2012, so for the first time, have added Adaptive rowing to the race schedule. This builds on the success of the Olympic Adaptive Rowing regatta last year and offers these competitors a fairly rare domestic opportunity to compete against each other, on a multi-lane course.

Following the remedial work necessary after the Olympics and in light of preparations ahead of the World Cup regatta, some of the areas that would normally play host to the regatta are out of bounds. There is however, still plenty of room for spectators to come and cheer on the local clubs and schools.

For more information see www.marlowregatta.com

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The volunteer briefing for the 2013 regatta will take place in the Dorney Lake finish tower on Wednesday 29th May. The main briefing will take place at 19:00 when the Managament Committee will give an overview of the 2013 regatta and answer any questions. The new Regatta Master software will also be demonstrated.

If you would like to volunteer to help this year but have yet to do so, please contact volunteer@themarlowregatta.com

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For 2013 the regatta committee are proud to support the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home charity  and to assist them with their fundraising.

Iain Rennie provide support to people with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, to allow them to remain in their home environment for as long as possible. The charity is based in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire and provides 24/7 call-out specialist hospice care in patients' homes.

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Breaking news - Marlow Rowing Club has just learnt that Sport England has granted it £1M towards it's new boathouse funds. Full details will be available from Marlow Rowing Club's website.

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