Everything you need to know about Henley Royal Regatta 2020. 

Henley Royal Regatta is, without doubt, the most famous regatta in the world, admired by not only rowers worldwide, but also fans from every corner of the world. A prestigious event attracting families, kids and people of all ages

Henley Royal Regatta 2020

This article goes through all the important points that you need to know before attending the Henley Royal Regatta, 2020. From the history of the event,  last year, this year’s event and what races to watch.

 

The Henley Royal Regatta – Key dates.

Henley royal regatta 2020 will be held from Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th July.

 

Henley Royal Regatta – Key Points.

  • The History of the Henley Royal Regatta
  • The Regatta Experience
  • The Best Regatta Experience
  • Dress Code
  • Henley Royal Regatta – 2019
  • Henley Royal Regatta – 2020
  • The Henley Royal Regatta – The Events, 2020
  • Hire a Boat?

 

The history of the Henley Royal Regatta

Found in 1839, it is a famous five-day event that is both a great sporting event and a social occasion.

Henley Royal Regatta is a prestigious sporting event that has extremely close ties to the monarchy, a sporting institute and a global phenomenon that spans back to 1839. It is a five-day series of rowing races held in the first week in July on the River Thames, at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England.

The Regatta got its royal prefix back in 1851 when Prince Albert became its patron and over the past 170 years, the rowing event has only grown in size, stature and reputation. Attracting thousands of people year in, year out.

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The ‘Henley’ Experience

If you have been to Henley Royal Regatta before, you will remember that long walk along the riverside, the crowds of people all heading down to try and get a good vantage point. It’s all part of the experience, but it doesn’t have to be such a scramble.

The event has many famous riverside enclosures such as Steward’s Enclosure, Regatta Enclosure, plus many more places to watch from.

If you do not want to buy a ticket, many people head down to the river and set up a picnic area, with Pimms trucks, bars and food stalls all around the riverbank, it can be a great experience. Also, with Henley Town Centre simply across the bridge, places to go buy food, go for lunch or for a drink are easy to find. However, finding a good viewpoint with plenty of room is nearly impossible to find, so expect to be on your feet for the majority of the day.

The Best ‘Henley’ Experience

With many people taking to the banks of the River Thames, in the first week of July, there is a better way to watch the show, in our opinion anyway. That way is to watch it from the river itself.

Here are just a few quick benefits of watching the action from a boat:

  • Be with friends and family
  • Bring your own food and drink
  • Be catered for
  • No huge crowds or long walks
  • Have your own seat
  • Get closer to the action
  • Great views of the Thames
  • No need to find parking as we will pick you up from outside Henley.

Now, if you are not one of the lucky ones that have the privilege of owning a boat (or even has a friend that does), the best thing to do is to hire a boat for the day.

The Henley Royal Regatta Dress Code

Henley Regatta is steeped in tradition. Therefore a formal dress code is a must. If visiting an enclosure you must adhere to a strict dress code and mobile phone policy.

Steward’s Enclosure Dress Code.

Ladies

Ladies are required to wear dresses or skirts with a hemline below the knee. Ladies will not be admitted wearing divided skirts, culottes or trousers of any kind.

Whilst not a requirement, it is customary for ladies to wear hats.

Gentlemen

Gentlemen are required to wear lounge suits, or jackets or blazers with flannels, together with a tie or cravat. No one will be admitted to the Stewards’ Enclosure wearing shorts or jeans. 

Mobile Phones

The use of mobile phones for making or receiving calls is not permitted within the Stewards’ Enclosure. 

Those seen making or receiving calls on their mobile phones will be reminded of this ban by Security Guards and Regatta Officials. They will be asked to stop and a note will be taken of their Badge Number. This will allow the responsible Member to be identified.

If the request to stop is ignored or if the same person is seen to be making or receiving calls for a second time, then the person will be escorted out of the Stewards’ Enclosure and their badge will be forfeited.

The dress code is very important to follow in order to make sure that everyone is happy, and if that is something that you like. Then great. However, if you enjoy something a bit more relaxed, hiring a boat in Henley, is a great way to enjoy the show, whilst still being a bit more relaxed. 

Henley 2019 – Henley Boating Company.

Last year was our first at the Henley Royal Regatta and needless to say it was a great year. 2019 saw 660 entries, which is 100 more than the record set in 2018.

It included 159 overseas crews representing 17 nations – including the first-ever entry from Saudi Arabia – and about 1,900 athletes.

With that, the crowds flocked, the sun shined and what seemed like an endless amount of Pimms was consumed. 2019 saw a great first year for the Henley Boating Company with all five days being fully booked. 

“We had the most amazing two hours on the boat with freshly made Pimms and the best experience watching the beginning of the Regatta! This boat is beautiful and super comfortable- we will be doing this again very soon!!” – Angela Tovey-Stewart, Facebook review

If you are looking for the perfect Henley experience like all of our guests did last year, then simply get in touch with us and we will happily give you a 2020 Regatta quote and all the information you might need. 

In last year’s Henley Royal Regatta we took several routes for different groups of guests. Here are some ideas for this year that we did last years:

  • From Wargrave  To Henley

  • From Wargrave To Sonning

  • From Wargrave To Marlow

  • From Henley To Sonning

  • From Henley To Marlow

Once in Henley, we are then able to take you along the whole stretch of the races, meaning that you get a great look at the action up close. 

Henley Boating Company – 2020 Regatta Pricing.

  • Half-Day –  £600
  • Full day – £1100

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The Henley Royal Regatta – The Events, 2020

Each year the events are grouped into a variety of categories that give spectators more to watch and competitive excitement throughout the week. At the very top, level ether is six open events for men and six open events for women. At the intermediate level, there are three events for men, catering for the best of the club and student crews.  The next level offers five men’s events for the majority of the club and student oarsmen and one event for student women crews.  Finally, there are two events for junior men and one for junior women.

Types of Events – Eights

- The Grand Challenge Cup

Open to crews from all eligible clubs. This is the top event for Eights at the Regatta. Two or more clubs may combine to make an entry.

- The Remenham Challenge Cup

The event for open Women’s Eights. The event is limited to 8 crews.
 
All crews entering should expect to have to compete in the Qualifying Races. However, a particular note will be taken of the results in Elite Eights at Henley Women’s Regatta when considering which crews will be required to race in the Qualifying Races for this event.

- The Ladies’ Challenge Plate

For club and university crews below The Grand Challenge Cup standard. No heavyweight F.I.S.A. Senior national crews may enter for this event.

 

- The Thames Challenge Cup

For club crews below The Ladies’ Challenge Plate standard. Student crews from academic institutions are not allowed to enter this event. Combined club entries are not permitted, nor may squad oarsmen seeking selection for F.I.S.A. Heavyweight or Lightweight Championships row in this event. No F.I.S.A. Under 23 national crew may contend for this prize. 

- The Temple Challenge Cup

Open to any crew of eligible members of a boat club of any university, college or secondary school. Combined entries may only be made by no more than two college boat clubs of any one university. 

- The Island Challenge Cup

Open to any crew of eligible members of a boat club of any university, college or secondary school. Combined entries may only be made by no more than two college boat clubs of any one university.

- The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup

Open to any crew of schoolboys who will have not attained their 19th birthdays by the end of the Regatta. Combined entries from different schools are not permitted. Only one crew per school may enter this event.

Type of Events – Coxless fours

- The Stewards’ Challenge Cup

Open to crews from all eligible clubs. This is the top event for Coxless Fours at the Regatta. Two or more clubs may combine to make an entry.

- The Town Challenge Cup

Open to eligible members of any club established at least one year before the closing date for entries. 

- The Visitors’ Challenge Cup

For club and university crews below The Stewards’ Challenge Cup standard. No F.I.S.A. Senior national crew (heavyweight or lightweight) may enter for this event.

- The Wyfold Challenge Cup.

The same as for The Thames Challenge Cup. The club event for Coxless Fours. No one shall compete in this event and in any other event at the same Regatta.

Type of Events – Quadruple Sculls

- The Queen Mother Challenge Cup

 Open to crews from any eligible club. This is the top event for men’s Quadruple Sculls at the Regatta. Two or more clubs may combine to make an entry. 

- The Princess Grace Challenge Cup

Open to women’s crews from any eligible club. Two or more clubs may combine to make an entry. The event is limited to 8 crews. All crews entering should expect to have to compete in the Qualifying Races.

- The Prince of Wales Challenge Cup

For club and university crews below The Queen Mother Challenge Cup standard. No heavyweight F.I.S.A. Senior national crews may enter for this event. No one shall compete in this event and in any other sculling event at the same Regatta. 

- The Fawley Challenge Cup

Open to crews from any one club or school where no sculler will have attained his 18th birthday before the first day of September preceding the event.

- The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup

Open to crews from any one club or school where no sculler will have attained her 18th birthday before the first day of September preceding the event.

Type of Events – Coxed Fours

- The Britannia Challenge Cup

An event for club crews only, at the same level as The Thames Challenge Cup.
 
No one (coxswains excepted) shall compete in this event and in any other event at the same Regatta.

- The Prince Albert Challenge Cup

An event for student crews only, at the same level as The Temple Challenge Cup except no one shall compete in this event if he has in any previous year won an event at the Regatta, other than The Princess Elizabeth or The Fawley Challenge Cups

Type of Events – Coxless Pairs

- The Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup

Open to eligible members of any club. The crew must be at least of British Rowing Senior status in rowing. The winners each receive a Silver Goblet to keep

- The Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup

Open to eligible members of any club. The crew must be at least of British Rowing Senior status in rowing.

Type of Events – Double Sculls

- The Sculls Challenge Cup

Open to eligible members of any club. The crew must be at least of British Rowing Senior status in sculling.

- The Stonor Challenge Trophy

Open to eligible members of any club. The crew must be at least of British Rowing Senior status in sculling.

Type of Events -Single Sculls

- The Diamond Challenge Sculls

For men – open to eligible members of any club. The sculler must be at least of British Rowing Senior status in sculling.
 
The winner will receive one of the famous ‘Pineapple’ Cups to keep. This tradition of giving a ‘Pineapple’ cup to the winner started in 1850.

- The Princess Royal Challenge Cup

For women – open to eligible members of any club. The sculler must be at least of British Rowing Senior status in sculling.

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