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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All competitors are advised that the current weather forecast is for heavy rain on Friday which may affect the trailer and competitor parking areas. We have taking what precautions by siting everything on high ground and will post update messages during the day.

A site inspection will take place on Friday so please revisit the website for updates.

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The latest press release has been distributed to the media you can read it here

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The Saturday and Sunday draws are now available for download.

Please ensure you have read the competitor instructions. Car park passes for competitors will be issued in the next couple of days via e-mail to your BROE contact.

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The list of accepted Saturday entries has now been published. Click here to go to the download page.

The list of accepted Sunday entries has now been published. Click here to go to download page.

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Please consult the FAQ page first if there is something you cannot find in the 2012 regatta event details.

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Firstly thank you for your support to Marlow Regatta.  Our aim is to provide enjoyable, fair and well organised racing.  

You will be aware that because of the Olympic Games site restrictions the organisation of the Regatta in 2012 will be VERY DIFFERENT - It will be like a riverside regatta

Moreover a very large entry will compound the site problems and we ask for your cooperation, patience and support to make the regatta a success

Please ensure ALL CREWS UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING:

1.        BOATING:    

We have NO USE of the traditional boating area and rafts by Eton Boathouse

Boating will be into the return lake near the start

Boating will be 'TIDEWAY' style - there are NO RAFTS  

The boating area is VERY stony as well as wet and all competitors will need wellingtons or hard soled shoes

Each crew must have a support person when boating to help and collect boots and when returning to hand out boots - the ground is NOT suitable for bare feet.

There are NO TEMPORARY RACKS - you will need enough trestles for all boats

2.        WARM-UP

There will be very little opportunity to warm up on the lake once boated.  Crews must warm up on land

3.        SUPPORT

There is no access whatsoever for spectators past the 1500m point.  Your crews will have no support in the last 500m

Similarly coaches will not be allowed past 1500m on the island  

There will be no PA commentary - All commentary will be on Regatta Radio 87.9 fm

There may be construction work in progress.  Please take care
 

The 2012 Site Map can be downloaded here

It is important that you understand that this year's regatta will be difficult but with your cooperation and forbearance I am sure it will be a success              

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Please note that due to a little event called the Olympics in less than 7 weeks time there will be several restrictions in place at Dorney Lake for the 2012 Marlow Regatta. The main restriction that will affect all crews is that we are unable to use the normal boating rafts in front of the Eton College boat house. All trailers will be parked between the river and the warm up lake, and all crews will be boating into the warm up lake. This will require crews to wade into the lake, so we stongly advise that they bring appropriate footwear as the bankside is gravel.

Full details are available in the competitor instructions which are available for download from here.

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It wouldn't be possible to run the Marlow Regatta each year without the help of all the volunteers. Could you help us to run the 2012 Regatta on Saturday 16th or Sunday 17th June? Volunteers roles include registering crews, assisting crew boating, results printing, paperwork distribution, radio commentary and data entry. Any time you have available would be useful from 1 hour to a whole day (with breaks). Please contact our volunteer coordinator Georgina Jagger via email to volunteer@themarlowregatta.com if you would like to help out on either day.

We are also looking for people who would like to join the organising team to prepare and run the regatta beyond 2012. If you could assist with Marketing, Website, Entries, IT, Sponsorship or in any general capacity we would like to hear from you. Please contact the Hon Secretary for further details.

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The Marlow Regatta on-line shop is now open for Subscribers to book their tickets, lunches, gazebo slots and reserved car parking spaces.

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Due to the high level of entries into the Thames Valley Trial Head we have had to suspend entries early in BROE. Sorry if you haven't yet got your entries in but we are now effectively full.

If you have made your race entry but have yet to submit either lake fee entry (1x) or make payment then you will still be able to do this up till midday on Saturday 21st. Entries that have not been fully paid by close of entry will not be included in the start order.

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There is a great article in the Henley Standard about Dorney Lake and the impact of the Olympics.

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Information for competitors at the 2012 Thames Valley Trial Head has now been added to the website and is available for download. Competitors are reminded that entries close at 12:00 on Saturday 21st January.

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The Marlow Regatta committee would be grateful if anyone was free to assist at the TVTH on Sunday 29th January. Volunteers are needed to help with marshalling, crew spotting and recording of start & finish orders. If you would like to help out please contact us at tvhead@themarlowregatta.com

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Full details for the 2012 Thames Valley Trial Head, which will be held at Dorney Lake, Eton on Sunday 29th January, are now available for download from the TVTH page.

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PRESS RELEASE:

Thames Valley Trial Head - THIS WEEKEND

On Sunday 29th January 2012 Dorney Lake will play host to the Thames Valley Trial Head, a time trial where 500 crews pit their wits against the clock over the Olympic rowing course. The event is organised by the Marlow Regatta committee, who are responsible for this and the flagship regatta which will run 7 weeks before the Olympic Games.

Local entries include Marlow RC, Maidenhead RC, Henley RC, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School,Great Marlow, Langley Academy, Windsor Boys, The Royal Grammar School High Wycombe. Other clubs include, Bexhill, Swansea, Stratford-on-Avon, Llandaff, Christchurch, Folkestone, and Nottingham.

The Committee are delighted to welcome eights representing Osiris (these are Oxford University Women's Boat race trial crews), who will race over 2,000m against their Cambridge counterparts on March 25th at Henley.

Racing starts at 09.30 and is divided into 3 divisions, the last of which will commence at 13.30

Come and see crews test their mettle against the clock– and keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

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Hedsor's Kitchen - 18th February 2012

This summer they hope to bring Olympic sporting glory to the nation but for one night only, the Olympic Rowing Team and Olympic Kayak Team are seeking culinary glory in the kitchens of Hedsor House, in a unique fundraiser for Sport Relief, 'Hedsor's Kitchen'.

On the evening of Saturday 18th February, guests will experience a treat as the athletes test their culinary skills and bring their competitive zeal to the kitchens of Hedsor House.

The Olympic community is set to join the unique occasion and enjoy a superb auction with memorabilia from legends of their sport as well as unique training experiences from Olympic athletes.

Rower of Women's Eight Natasha Page said, “Everyone wanted to be involved in Hedsor's Kitchen for Sports Relief, to qualify other team members had to endorse their team mate's chef credentials. To that end we will be proudly fielding a team who's cooking we ourselves would be happy to eat!”

Rival Team Captain, and member of the GB K4 Men's Team, Andrew Daniels said, 'Whether buying tickets for 'Hedsor's Kitchen', or making a small TEXT or online donation, we would really appreciate your support.'

Hamish Shephard, Partner of Hedsor House said, 'We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Sport Relief and to be getting behind Britain's Olympic athletes. With gold medalists in the kitchen, it will no doubt be an unforgettable evening!"

The worthy event is organised by Hedsor House, Party for the Podium and Melissa Webb Caterers who will be assisting in the kitchen. The squads will be utilising their existing social media time to hype their contest, encouraging people to attend or donate to help raise money for the event.

Full event details here http://www.partyforthepodium.com/page30.htm

Email hamish@hedsor.com for more details.

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The provisional dates for th 2012 regatta are Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June

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Last call for feedback.

Did you attend the 2011 Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake or did you follow the results from elsewhere? Either way we would very much welcome your feedback on how the event went and what could be done to improve it. Please download the event survey and e-mail the completed form to secretary@themarlowregatta.com by the 5th July.

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