Volunteering at Marlow Regatta

Marlow Regatta is organised by the Regatta Committee on behalf of the Subscribers. The Regatta Committee is made up of volunteers who all give up their time to plan, organise and run the Regatta. In addition to the Committee members, many more volunteers are required to help set up the Regatta and to assist in its smooth running. With the exception of the Safety Boats, paramedics, catering and car parking, all other areas of the regatta are run vy the volunteers or volunteer groups. This includes the umpires, timekeepers, registration team, raft marshals, stakeboat holders, marshals, results team, commentators, prize giving team and IT support team.

If you could help, and would like to volunteer or just require a bit more information, please get in touch with our volunteer coordinator, Charles Hill, by e-mail (volunteer@themarlowregatta.com) or sign up to our Mail Chimp volunteer list.

In previous years, we have been grateful for the support of many individuals and the following groups:

Army Cadets

RGS High Wycombe

Great Marlow School

Marlow Rowing Club Juniors, Seniors & Masters.


What does Volunteering involve?

Volunteer can either help on the day, in advance, or both. For those helping in advance, we try where possible, to split the planning & preparation between the racing and non-racing activities.

Racing includes               

  • Managing entries
  • Learning and testing the Regatta Management software
  • Performing the draw, and creating the race schedule
  • Registering crews
  • Managing racing
  • Distributing paperwork to officials
  • Publishing results

Non-Racing includes

  • Advertising
  • Sponsorship
  • Subscribers
  • Facilities
  • Programme production

Publicity (Website, Twitter,

  • Facebook, & press releases), Communications.
  • Trade Stands
  • Race Commentary
  • Family Entertainment
  • Volunteer coordination

Volunteers work with a lead volunteer in one or more areas, to suit their availability and skill set, to cover all the tasks. Each area will set any aby required meetings with the lead in each area attending regular Management meetings. There are also 3-4 meetings each year which all are invited to attend. We like to try and do the “thinking” between July and December, so we can then put ideas into action between January and May, ready for the June Regatta.

Volunteers with more time available, and wishing to become more involved, may consider acting as deputies for some of the key roles, such as Entries Secretary, Treasurer, Minutes Secretary, Marketing Lead, etc.