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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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The weather forecast for the next few days is not very good. We will be monitoring this, and hope to make a further announcement by Friday morning.

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Competitor information for the 2015 Thames Valley Trial Head can now be found on the TVTH tab.

Good luck to all competitors. Stay warm and stay safe. Please note the NEW cirulation pattern for 2015.

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Due to its popularity the Thames Valley Trial Head entries were closed on the 8th January as all available spaces had been taken. Apologies if you were unable to get your entries in. The organising team will look into options for increasing capacity, if possible, for the 2016 event so we can give as many crews as possible a race.

For further details or enquiries please email tvth@themarlowregatta.com

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Details for the 2015 Thames Valley Trial Head are now available on the TVTH tab. We look forward to seeing you at Dorney Lake on the 1st February.

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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 chairman@themarlowregatta.com - what went wrong, what went well, did the TT & Finals format work?

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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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  Marlow Regatta    
  at Dorney Lake   
  2014 Results   
Event NoTrophy WinnersTime 
1GRAND CHALLENGE CUPELI 8oLeander Club05:33.0 
2MARLOW EIGHTS CHALLENGE CUPSEN 8oMercantile RC (Aus)05:52.1 
3FRASER BOWLIM1 8oOxford Brookes University BC05:47.6 
4CLAYTON CHALLENGE CUPIM2 8oOxford Brookes University BC05:54.9 
5APUBLIC SCHOOLS CHALLENGE VASEIM3 8o (Club)Thames RC06:09.3 
5BPUBLIC SCHOOLS CHALLENGE VASEIM3 8o (Univ)Goldie BC06:05.0 
5CPUBLIC SCHOOLS CHALLENGE VASEIM3 8o (Sch)Kings College School BC06:03.9 
6GERRY LAKE CHALLENGE CUPJ16 8oEton College BC06:12.1 
7PHILLIPS ROSE BOWLJ15A 8oEton College BC06:16.7 
8THE ENVIROS TROPHYJ15B 8oBedford School BC06:43.2 
9GILES EVERY CHALLENGE CUPJ14 8x Radley College BC06:29.1 
10BORGNIS CHALLENGE CUPELI 4+Newcastle University BC06:05.0 
11CHARLES ROWE MEMORIAL CUPSEN 4+Newcastle University BC06:15.1 
12JUBILEE CUPIM1 4+Reading University BC06:25.4 
13THE JOHN WEBB SALVERIM2 4+Reading University BC06:27.5 
14SENIOR FOURS CHALLENGE CUPELI 4 -Leander Club05:53.8 
15TOWN CUPSEN 4-Upper Thames RC 06:15.5 
16JUNIOR-SENIOR' FOURS CHALLENGE CUPIM1 4 -London RC06:20.5 
17CHILTERN SALVERIM2 4-Radley College BC06:40.9 
18WILLOTT-TAYLOR TROPHYELI 4xSir Wm Borlase's Grammar Sch BC06:05.0 
19THE HUGH MADDOCK TROPHYSEN 4xEdinburgh University BC06:02.1 
20PUBLIC SCHOOLS CHALLENGE CUPSch/Jun 4xNorthwich RC06:04.2 
21MARLOW PAIRS CHALLENGE CUPELI 2-Quintin BC06:46.1 
22THE FRIENDS OF MARLOW  REGATTA  TROPHYSEN 2-Eton College BC06:52.2 
23JOHN BROCKLEBANK CHALLENGE CUPELI 2xLeander Club06:28.2 
24THE WETHERED CHALLENGE TRAYSEN 2xTrent RC07:07.1 
25WETHERED SCULLING CHALLENGE CUPELI 1xUniversity of London BC (M Bedford)n.t.t. 
26BOOKER CUPLwt 1xBexhill RC (M.Mitchell)07:12.1 
27SENIOR-JUNIOR' SCULLS CHALLENGE CUPSEN 1xRob Roy BC (C.Revell)07:10.3 
      

 

Quality Crews at Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake

The quality of crews at the Regatta was very high this year. Several of the winners went on to do well at Henley Royal Regatta. Among these were:-

  • Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School BC.

Won Elite Quad Sculls at Marlow and the Fawley Cup at Henley Royal Regatta

  • Newcastle University BC

Won Elite Coxed Fours at Marlow and the Prince Albert Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

  • Upper Thames RC

Came 2nd to Newcastle University (see above) at Marlow but won the Britannia Challenge Cup at Henley.

  • Upper Thames RC

Won Senior Coxless fours at Marlow and won Wyfold Cup a Henley Royal Regatta.

  • Leander Club

Won Grand Eights at Marlow, but lost in the Final of the Ladies Plate at Henley Royal Regatta.

  • Sport Imperial BC

Came 3rd in Senior Eights at Marlow and lost the Final of Thames Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

  • Leander Club

 Won Elite Double Sculls at Marlow. These two scullers were part of the crew who won the Prince of Wales Cup for Quad Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta.

In addition, many of the above, and other competitors at the Regatta, have gone on to represent Great Britain at International level in the World Under 23 Championships and European Universities Games. Other competitors have gained their England vests at the Home Countries International Regatta, Anglo-French Match, Coupe-de-la Jeunesse and the Commonwealth Regatta. 

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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.

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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: http://reports.regattamaster.com/Pages/Races.aspx?regattaID=1114

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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 chairman@themarlowregatta.com 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

Chairman,

Marlow Regatta

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It has been drawn to our attention that at the Metropolitan Regatta, many cars were parked in local roads in Boveney. Local Planning prohibits this and several residents and businesses were severely affected. Police are now alert to this problem and will be patrolling and take action. So please don’t park off site, on roads or verges. You will be in trouble if you do.

All crews should have received their car park passes, 3 per eight, 2 per four and 1 per double/single. So please use them and park in the designated area at Dorney Lake.

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Important instructions for car and trailer parking for this Saturday is now available here. Please read to you know where to be directed to on the day.

We are keeping an eye on the weather, but as things stand it is looking good and we hope you will be needing shade and suncream rather than umbrellas and waterproofs.

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The 2014 entries closed with 380 accepted entries. The list of the crews is now available for viewing on the regatta page. The race schedule is planned to be published on Sunday evening. If you are fortunate enough to win this weekend and change crew status please let us know by Sunday evening.

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This Saturday 21 June, Dorney Lake, the 2012 Olympic Regatta venue, will play host to the Marlow Regatta. The appetite to race at this world class facility and this historical regatta remains strong with a bumper entry this year which will see competitors from schools, colleges, clubs and universities from home and abroad making the most of their last opportunity to eye up the competition before Henley Royal Regatta in two weeks time.

The format of racing this year has been changed to maximise the opportunities for crews to race. 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 all crews get more than one race and will create some exciting races. It is anticipated that the photo finish camera is going to be very busy as competitors are pitted against crews of a similar speed.

There is something for everyone this year as local schools and clubs, such as Marlow, Sir William Borlase, Henley, Leander and Maidenhead will be represented alongside crews from across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and South Africa, and Australia.

Not only will the racing be tight but spectators will be able to listen to the action from start to finish on Regatta Radio on (87,7 Fm) and visit "Once Upon a Bus" - a double-decker bus with traditional storytellers to entertain the children, or big kid in you, between races.

Commenting on this year’s regatta, Marlow Regatta Chairman, Peter Blaseby said:

"Although the regatta committee are disappointed that they have had to revert to a single day regatta for 2014due to the unavailability of the venue on Sunday, we are delighted that the entries are so strong. Spectators are set for an exciting day of racing across all racing categories. "

"A regatta such as ours relies on the support of the athletes, our sponsors, volunteers, visiting officials and spectators and we are delighted that once again the Marlow Regatta is set to be top class fixture in the racing calendar"

Entry to the regatta is £15 per car and there is no special dress code - unless you would like to become a subscriber. You can follow the action on Twitter @marlowregatta and for more information visit www.themarlowregatta.com.

For more information, contact pr@themarlowregatta.com

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A reminder that entries close at 20:00 tonight, 11th June, and that payment needs to have been received to confirm your entry. Please don't miss out by not submitting your crews and paying in BROE.

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With less than a week till entries close and just over two weeks until regatta day the Marlow Regatta committee are putting the final touches in place for the 2014 Marlow Regatta on the 21st June at Dorney Lake. Planning has been underway for some time now for the new racing format being run this year, and the logistics required to time trial 400+ crews and then give them all a side-by-side race. A bit like running the HORR followed by a regatta!
The time trials will be used to seed the lanes for the finals, with the fastest 7 crews in each boat class racing in the 'A' final, the next 7 in the 'B' final and so on. Every boat will get to race a time trial and a final. Full results will be available via the Regatta Master website. Regatta Radio, ably supported by the Marlow commentators, will be commentating on 87.7FM throughout the day and also live over the internet, so races can be listened to anywhere in the world by supporters from Australia, South Africa, America and Ireland as well as around the UK.

Mike Spencer-Jones, Regatta Entries Secretary said, "With a large number of entries already received and 6 more days to go before entries close on the 11th June, it looks like we are in for a large entry at Dorney Lake this year. I'm expecting some very close racing too from the seeded finals which should be exciting to watch. We regret not being able to offer the Sunday racing for Masters and Para-rowers this year as we are unable to hire the lake. This is a pity as the event was proving to be popular."

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To help entertain the children, and the child in you, between races we will be hosting "Once Upon A Bus" at the 2014 Marlow Regatta with their double-decker bus.

A wonderful new world-on-wheels of storytelling rolled in to the Royal Borough on May the 10th!  "Once Upon a Bus" has been launched to celebrate the traditional storytelling craft with entertaining sessions on a beautiful customised double-decker bus.

Specially developed to allow young people to enjoy and explore the magic of storytelling in an interactive, immersive environment, designed, inside and out, to deliver an out-of-this-world experience, the storytelling bus will transform any event into an unforgettable adventure... through the deep dark forests, over soaring mountains, tranquil villages, bustling towns and endless oceans of the imagination.

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Oartec will be providing some of their "Slider" dynamic rowing machines at the regatta for competitor warm up, cool down and for people to try out. Plus they will be providing a full Croker oar service.

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We are delighted to confirm that Regatta Radio will once again be broadcasting race commentary from Dorney Lake, Eton, at the 2014 Marlow Regatta on the 21st June.

The broadcast frequency has now been confirmed as 87.7fm once again, plus we will have the usual audio streams available over the internet. We aim to keep our commentators busy this year. Following the morning time trials all crews will race in a final, 'A' for the fastest 7 crews, then 'B' for the next 7 and so on. The new race format promises to give them lots of close racing to commentate on as we expect all the finals to be close races.

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BROE is now open for 2014 Marlow Regatta entries. Full information on the 2014 Marlow Regatta can be found here. Entries will close on Wednesday 11th June at 20:00. Unpaid entries will not be accepted.

New for 2014, IM3 Eights will be offered as 3 separate events for Clubs, Schools & Universities.

If you need to make a change to a paid entry, please get in touch as we are able to make some changes in BROE on your behalf to save making a payment twice and having to be refunded.

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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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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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Full details of the events being offered at the 2013 Marlow Regatta have now been published.

Saturday's events for Senior and Junior crews - information

Sunday's events for Master (Men & Women) and Senior (Men & Women) crews - information

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The Chairman of the Management Committee's letter about decisions at the 2012 regatta is now available from the 2012 Regatta page. Once again we apologise for failing to run the regatta to it's usual high standard.

Mike Spencer-Jones
Hon Secretary

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After a very wet and cold winter, when very little post Olympic repair work could be carried out at Dorney Lake, we are pleased to hear that work on laying turf and seeding the distressed areas is about to start. We will be receiving regular updates on progress, which will, of course, depend greatly on the weather.

Racing Information

Due to the extensive remedial groundwork required following the Olympic Regatta, and the unhelpful winter weather, none of the scheduled rowing events at Dorney Lake can predict their exact operation plans, until we have seen just how well the various grassed areas have become established. There is no problem with the water, but there are possible problems housing a large number of competitors, boats and trailers and managing a safe embarkation and disembarkation system. This information will be updated as we get closer to the date of the Regatta.

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At a recent meeting of the Marlow Regatta committee it was regretfully decided that the 2013 Thames Valley Trial Head, scheduled in the calendar for 3rd February, would be postponed. This decision was reached following site inspections at Dorney Lake, and meetings with Dorney Lake staff, where reconstruction works following the 2012 Olympics are underway. The reconstruction work is expected to continue well into 2013 and currently none of the normally grass areas in the vicinity of the boat house, or in the final 500m+ of the course, are (or will be) available.

The decision was not taken lightly and various options were looked into, but it was felt that we could not safely run the event, specifically the parking of competitors cars, trailers & boats, with the expected areas of the Dorney Lake site that would be available.

The Regatta Committee hope to reschedule the 2013 Thames Valley Trial Head to a date in November and are currently investigating options with Dorney Lake and the British Rowing events coordinator to see if this is possible. An update on this will be published later in the year.

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The University of Worcester Rowing Club have discovered that they have mislaid a set of four Concept 2 Sweep blades. They had green blade handles and the spoons are plain white. If you have accidentally taken four blades home by mistake please let the Hon Secretary know so they can be returned to their owners. Thanks

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Poplar and Blackwall Rowing Club are missing a set if sculling blades following yesterday's regatta. They are concept 2, and they have Alfie SSS written on the handles. Please can you check your club trailer to see if they have accidentaly been taken back to your club. If you find them please let the Hon Secretary know. Thanks

Now found - thanks for looking

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IMPORTANT: Just a reminder to all Marlow Regatta competitors that ALL trailers need to be removed from the Dorney Lake site by Sunday evening before the Olympic lock down comes into force. Once the site is under LOCOG control, removing any trailers left behind will be near impossible.

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The Race Committee will be monitoring the weather conditions constantly and should it be necessary will change some events to a time trial. 

We hope that competitors will understand.

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Current status is that the regatta is ON.

Today's site inspection has been completed and the Regatta Committee and DLS are satisfied all is OK for the regatta to proceed.

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All Saturday and Sunday car park passes have now been sent out to your BROE contacts (submtting admin or emergency contact if no submittng admin). Please contact the Hon Secretary (secretary@themarlowregatta.com) if you have still not recieved your passes.

A batch of Saturday passes were sent out with some data missing from them. These will be accepted as is on the day.

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