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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Regattas in Marlow

Marlow will stage three rowing Regattas in 2015:-

  • Marlow Spring Regatta on Bank Holiday Monday – May 4th.
  • Marlow Town Regatta on Saturday June 13th.
  • Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake on Saturday June 20th.

The Spring and Town Regattas are held on the river, and principally attract the very young (up to age 16) and the older  (termed Masters) competitors, since the course is less than 1,000m in length.

Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake is rowed on the 2,000m multi-lane course, now famous as the Olympic venue, where Team GB did so well in 2012. The Regatta attracts most of the top crews in the country, plus some from abroad, in the age range 16 to 30, who are aiming at racing at Henley Royal Regatta.

Marlow is proud that it caters for all categories of the sport, from those just starting out, to those who are aiming at international recognition.

By John Simm
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23rd June report from British Rowing

A new format brought some nail-biting, high-quality racing at a blazingly sunny Marlow Regatta on Saturday. The usual system of heats, repechages and finals was replaced with a morning time trial for all events, followed by a seeded afternoon final for every one of the 380 entrants, with approximately 1,900 athletes.

With a few days to go until Henley Royal Regatta, the country’s top men’s crews took opportunities either to make sure they pre-qualified or to polish their preparations for the biggest domestic event of the summer.

In a light tail wind, Leander Club were recorded as the quickest crew of the day, winning the elite eights in 5 minutes 32 seconds - although there were complaints about the veracity of some timings - and they will hope their form carries into the Ladies’ Challenge Plate at Henley Royal.

Griffen BC – the old boys’ club of Abingdon School – were second, demonstrating their credentials to defend their Thames Challenge Cup title in a fortnight’s time. Thames RC – another of the favourites for that event – were absent on Saturday but Mercantile RC of Australia started their UK trip with victory in senior eights, just ahead of Molesey and Sport Imperial.

Several of the top school crews, including Abingdon and St Edward’s, were missing but Radley College impressed to finish third in IM1 eights. King’s Chester and St Paul’s led home the B final of that event.

Newcastle University look strong for the Prince Albert Challenge Cup after winning Marlow’s elite coxed fours. Upper Thames RC, two seconds behind them, will be eyeing the Britannia Challenge Cup.

Leander’s crew for Henley’s Visitors’ Challenge Cup won elite fours, with Wyfolds rivals Molesey and Rob Roy a length apart in third and fourth respectively.

Unlike previous years, though, the close racing was not restricted to A finals. In the B final for IM3 school eights - the penultimate race of the day –– just five seconds separated all seven crews, with four crossing the line 0.8 seconds apart.

The event’s new format brought some teething troubles for organisers in implementing the changes, including problems with timing, and technology issues. Some crews complained at having to wait over six hours between their time trial and final.

Regatta chairman Peter Blaseby issued a statement afterwards saying: “We regret that, in some cases due to infrastructure issues, we did not achieve the standards for competitors and spectators that we had aimed for.”

Among changes the regatta committee will consider for next year are a series of waves of time trials followed by side-by-side races, to avoid complaints from spectators that the regatta only came alive once the finals began in early afternoon.

“We learned quite a bit in the heat of battle,” entries secretary Mike Spencer-Jones admitted. 

“One of the main areas to improve is communication – we didn’t publish times quickly and when there were problems with timing we didn’t communicate that well.”

View full results here:

By Martin Gough

By John Simm
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Thank you to everyone who came to our regatta yesterday and we regret that, in some cases due to infrastructure issues, we did not achieve the standards for competitors and spectators that we had aimed for. The racing format was a first for a large British domestic regatta, offering a Time Trial and Final for all crews. We will carry out a thorough review of how that was planned and implemented.

Some coaches expressed concerns about the possibility of time trial times affecting the decision by Henley Stewards on crews being asked to qualify. All I can report is that the times of crews racing in both the side-by-side races and the time trials have been passed to them for their own assessment.

I invite you to email me at with your comments which will be taken into account when our committee meets in early July.

We look forward to seeing you all again next June and hope that you understand that we are all volunteers whose aim is to run a safe and fair regatta. If we fail in some areas we regret that this may have spoilt your own enjoyment this year.

Peter Blaseby


Marlow Regatta

By John Simm
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Results for the 2014 Marlow Regatta are available from the Regatta Master results pages. Click on the Results link against each race.

Apologies that we are still resolving a few gremlins with some times and hope to have these fixed soon.

We would appreciate any feedback on the day to - what went wrong, what went well, did the TT & Finals format work?

By John Simm
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Commentary will be live on Regatta Radio 87.7 and also online from 08:00 tomorrow morning. Tune in for all the latest from Marlow Regatta.

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