Rowers are invited to come to Reading Amateur Regatta and compete in Reading’s best rowing event on the river Thames.
Separate events are held on Saturday (over 1500 metres) & Sunday (over 1100 metres). On both days, there will be a buoyed 2 lane course,
providing a real testing ground for all crews: every race must be won to reach the final!
The Reading Amateur Regatta will be held on our usual 2nd weekend in June which is 1 week before Henley Womens Regatta (HWR) and 3 weeks before Henley Royal Regatta (HRR). Reading Amateur Regatta was first held in 1842 and today the regatta continues to be a very popular event, with exciting rowing on a beautiful stretch of the river Thames.
The regatta is a great weekend out for rowers, family, friends and the general public who can come along and watch the racing for free. The Thames promenade allows you to walk the complete length of the course giving excellent race viewing opportunities. Race commentary will be provided during the day. Refreshments can be purchased in the marquee throughout the day.
The regatta provides crews with an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the skills and high demands of one-to-one racing. In order to get to the final crews will have to win every heat in an event. All winners will be presented with medals. On Saturday, many of the events are also associated with trophies.
Reading Amateur Regatta has a long history (first established in 1842) and is now recognised as a major river regatta leading up to Henley Royal Regatta. As such, results achieved by crews at Reading Amateur Regatta contribute to Henley qualifying status.
In addition, with the regatta being held in the immediate run-up before Henley Women’s Regatta, top international women’s crews use Reading Amateur Regatta as one of their final warm-up events.
The popularity of the regatta with rowers is such that the regatta has a full racing program from approximately 9.00am until 7.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday! The draw will be published on the Tuesday in advance of the regatta and results will be published as soon as possible afterwards.