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Henley Regatta: Records, Races, Rivalries


This quintessentially British sporting event that attracts thousands of guests from every corner of the globe, returns again in 2019 and will be bigger than ever before. Not only is Henley’s Royal Regatta celebrating its 180-year anniversary in 2019 but a record amount of entries, as 660 competitors will grace the River Thames this year, which is nearly 100 more than the benchmark set in 2018.

Of the 660 entries, 159 are overseas crews representing 17 nations and approximately 1900 athletes. The high volume of entries only stresses the events popularity and high acclaim, and with so many international entries, spectators can expect the finest and strongest crews to be competing head-to-head for Regatta’s trophies. Unfortunately, half of the entrants will not be competing at the main event but will be heading home after the qualifiers due to the competitions tight schedule.

After 100 years, the King’s Cup returns to the Royal Regatta, where for the first time in Regatta history, male and female military athletes will row together in the same boat. As the military works hard to address diversity and embrace gender inclusivity, it is both exciting and commendable of the Royal Regatta to include mixed crew racing. It demonstrates the power sport has in breaking down barriers and making positive social change.

The King’s Cup, which commemorates the Centenary of the 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta will also see some old champions return to Henley. Rowing crews from the original six nations of the UK, USA, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be joined by the Netherlands and Germany, to compete in knock-out races over the final three days of the competition. This year, Saudi Arabia will also be entering the Regatta for first time! What new faces will we see next year in 2020? An extensive amount of international entries will only strengthen this already highly-competitive event.

Also back to defend their title this year, is St. Pauls, who were last year’s record-breakers in The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. In 2018, the boys annihilated the regatta course record by 11 seconds to win in a time of 6:06 – a truly spectacular achievement. They face some tough opposition this year, as the likes of Eton, Radley and U.S.A. crews from St. Joseph’s Prep School and Kent School compete but that won’t stop the boys from aiming to do one better.

Mahé Drysdale is also returning to Henley’s Royal Regatta this year as a six-times winner of The Diamond Challenge Sculls, after equalling Stuart Mackenzie’s record in 2018. He is likely to be challenged by Kjetil Borch, who started out in front during the 2018 finals of the Diamond Challenge Sculls before being overtaken by Drysdale. It was a surprising comeback and a gracious victory for the Australian, though Borch will definitely be looking to secure the title in 2019. Drysdale will compete in two events this year – no doubt as a ploy to go one step further and lay down a new record.

This year, Henley’s Royal Regatta is set to be as exhilarating and as timeless as the last. Against a backdrop of celebratory ambience and sporting extravaganza – records, races and rivalries will unravel. The Royal Regatta boasts a rowing event like no other and spectators can expect a bold display of racing as old champions and new contenders go head-to-head for the trophy. If you weren’t quick enough in getting tickets or hospitality packages in 2019, be sure to book yours for the 2020 regatta – rowing’s never looked so good.

We are delighted to provide luxury hospitality packages for Henley Royal Regatta 2020. To book yours email Henley Regatta Hospitality UK or call us on 020 7989 6500. Enjoy the regatta in style!

Cocktails at Boaters Enclosure

Drinks List for Henley Regatta 2019 Announced

At Henley Regatta Hospitality UK we’re proud to announce the featured cocktails on our Boaters Enclosure!

Take a quick glimpse into what our guests will experience at the exclusive facility with this guide to the expertly made cocktails at Boaters Enclosure, Henley Regatta.

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First on our Boaters Enclosure drinks list is the Cosmopolitan

Known as the ‘Cosmo,’ this hugely popular cocktail first appeared in the north of the United States later in the 20th Century – but there are a few conflicting tales about who was really the first to make it.

Expertly made with Cointreau triple sec, quality vodka, a little dash of fresh lime, and shaken with a good measure of cranberry juice.  The Cosmopolitan is mixed to perfection by our expert cocktail barmen and double strained into a cocktail glass ensure the smoothest drink.  Presented with orange zest.


The ever-popular Long Island Iced Tea also makes the cocktail list.  It’s a delicious, but somewhat adventurous, blend of many drinks into one sweet-but-sophisticated cocktail.

It’s notorious for combing a more than its fair share of spirits.  Packed into one drink is gin, vodka, Cointreau triple sec, rum, tequila, and a healthy amount of lime. The Long Island Ice Tea is finished off with sparkling cola, shaken and presented in a tall rocks glass.


One of our favourite drinks list cocktails is Fruit Fusion.  We added it to the drinks menu for those who like something sweet and refreshing.

This cocktail vibrantly combines Chambord raspberry liqueur with four fruit juices – apple, orange, cranberry, pineapple.  It’s presented to our hospitality guests at Henley Regatta in on rocks in a tall glass.


We also see Passion Fruit Amaretto Sours making a return to the Boaters Enclosure.

The light, and distinctly fruity cocktail is a favourite for a hot British summers’ afternoon.  The Mediterranean Italian origins of Amaretto mixed with tropical fruit juice, the drink is made to you ensure you stay cool while enjoying the summer sun at Henley.

This Amaretto and passion fruit cocktail beautifully shakes together Amaretto, fresh lemon juice, pineapple and passion fruit syrup.  Our highly-trained bar staff serve and mixed this delicious cocktail to perfection and present it on the rocks.


Another favourite on the drinks list for Henley is Pink Gin Fizz.  It’s simple, delicious, pink and fizzy – what’s not to like about that?

The cocktail has been around since the 1850s, but has recently seen a resurgence and has become a hugely popular staple cocktail at summer events.  The light cocktail is a mixture of Chambord raspberry liqueur, pink gin, and soda.  You’ll see it presented on the rocks for freshness.


The Boaters Enclosure is a premium VIP facility at Henley Regatta, offering the very best of corporate hospitality.  Whatever the occasion, the Boaters Enclosure is certain to impress clients and entertain your important guests.

If you’re looking for the best options for you, speak to our hospitality team today: 020 7989 6500

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Savour this year’s Summer Season Highlight in the Boaters Enclosure

Held on the banks of the River Thames since 1839, the Henley Royal Regatta has become renowned for combining a stunning sporting spectacle with a beautiful social setting, perfect for entertaining the most valued clients and guests.

Featuring over 200 races of International standard, it consistently attracts some of the world’s finest rowers, with more than 500 crews coming to showcase their impressive sporting prowess.

But the sinew-straining action of this rigorous rowing event merely belies the fact that it provides a backdrop for a marvellous social occasion tiered with style and sophistication.

Fabulous attire, fine food and exquisite Champagne are the hallmarks of this splendid summer event, all of which can be enjoyed within the luxury confines of the venue’s hospitality facilities.

The Boaters Enclosure is certainly one to look out for. Renowned for its wonderful air of exclusivity, it boasts stunning views of Temple Island and the starting line. This, coupled with a splendid atmosphere and ambiance makes this facility the idyllic setting for entertaining major corporate clients.

The Boaters package includes a Champagne reception, four-course luncheon, afternoon tea and a complimentary bar to name a few.

Treat yourself and guests this year with a memorable trip to the Henley Regatta.


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European Championships will provide vital Henley Royal Regatta 2016 clues

This weekend the European Rowing Championships take place in Brandenburg, Germany, with plenty of crews on show who could play a major role at the Henley Regatta 2016.

The European Championship Regatta has once again attracted some of the finest rowers from 34 different countries set to compete. The opening day of the three day event saw scorching temperatures and a slight breeze, perfect for rowing.

Great Britain enjoy success on opening day – will these stars be at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2016?

Team Great Britain enjoyed an incredibly successful opening day with several teams qualifying for the finals of a range of events.

In the Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls (Heats) Jamie Kirkwood was unable to catch Daniel Matyasovszki of Hungary who got off to a flying start, but the Brit was still able to qualify. Alan Sinclair and Stewart Innes qualified in first place in the Men’s Pair (Heats) where they face the likes of Serbia, Russia and Poland.

Sam Scrimgeour and Joel Cassells were in fine form in the Lightweight Men’s Pair and will face Spain in the next round. In the Lightweight Men’s Four the British crew made it all look so easy fending off the challenges and making smooth progress.

The Women’s Single Sculls saw Mathilda Hodgkons-Byrne lose her lead in the final metres to Ireland’s Sanita Puspure, but still progressed to the next round. While Olympic champions Charlotte Taylor and Katherine Copeland made short work of their heat in the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls.

In the Women’s Pair, world record holders Helen Glover and Heather Stanning produced a good performance on their first appearance of the season, winning in plenty of style. While the Women’s Eight stole the lead late on to qualify ahead of Romania.

These victories set up a thrilling weekend and heres hoping the British teams succeed ahead of the Henley Regatta 2016.

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Henley Regatta 2016 – Dutch claim success at World Cup I

The 2016 International Rowing season got off to a fantastic start in Italy, with the Dutch claiming success ahead of the Henley Regatta 2016.

With over 47 different nations competing this was always going to be a fiercely competitive event, with the Rio 2016 Olympics also just around the corner. This event provided crucial points and medals as the first leg of the three World Rowing Cup regattas.

The Netherlands were the big winners of the event, claiming seven medals. Two gold’s came in the men’s and women’s eights. The Dutch men held off the late challenge of the Italy to claim victory, while the women got the better of a stout Canadian effort. A further gold, three silvers and a bronze completed the haul.

One of the best events of the weekend was the The women’s single sculls over 2,000 metres. Canada’s Carling Zeeman produced a huge effort to win the gold medal; multiple Olympic and World Champion Ekaterina Karsten (Belarus) took silver with Sanita Puspure of Ireland taking the bronze.

Switzerland were back on top in the lightweight men’s four, an event they won at the 2015 World Championships. They were in complete control throughout the race and comfortably beat China into second, with the USA back in third.

Croatia’s Damir Martin produced an outstanding performance in the men’s single sculls. The Croatian star was far too good for Cuba’s Angel Fournier Rodriguez, who claimed a silver medal. While Hannes Obreno of Belgium, claimed bronze, a brilliant achievement considering he is a relative newcomer to the event.

Will any of these stars make it to the Henley Royal Regatta 2016?

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International rowing season begins ahead of Henley Regatta 2016

The first international rowing race of the season took place in Varese, Italy which featured several crews who will be looking to make it to the 2016 Rio Olympics and of course the Henley Royal Regatta 2016.

In crisp conditions perfect for rowing the some of the world’s finest athletes looked to test just how effective their off-season training had been, with anticipation and excitement in the air, the racing began and didn’t disappoint.

Great Britain Men Pair qualify for Sunday finals

In the Men’s Pair races heat three, Great Britain’s Matthew Tarrant and Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell, pcked up where they left off last season. The pair won the Men’s Coxed Pair at the World Rowing Championships 2015 and although they were narrowly defeated by Serbia they still moved into the next round.

In heat two the Netherlands pair of Roel Braas and Mitchel Steenman crossed the line in first place while Spain held off the challenge of Russia. In the opening heat South Africa just got the better of Italy to qualify for the final.

Potential Henley Regatta stars shine for Great Britain

Great Britain also enjoyed some fantastic success in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls as Zak Lee-Green and Jamie Kirkwood qualified in heat three alongside Ireland’s pair of Gary and Paul O’Donovan started to show their great reserves of stamina to take first place.

Former World Champions James Thompson and John Smith of South Africa set a scorching pace in heat two to defeat Niels van Zandweghe and Tim Brys of Belgium in second. While reigning Olympic Champions, Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist of Denmark made light work of the opening heat and led from the start to beat Switzerland.

The finals for all of the big races take place on Sunday, will we see any of these fantastic teams competing at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2016? Let’s hope we can celebrate some wins for Britain on Monday.

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Beginners Guide to the Henley Regatta 2016

Ahead of the Henley Regatta 2016 we have put together a beginner’s guide to this fantastic rowing event which will be one of the highlights of the British summer. This is without doubt one of the biggest events in rowing events in the world and will see some of the best teams descend upon this picturesque setting for five stunning days of action.

Where and when?

The Henley Regatta is held across five days (Wednesday 29th June – Sunday 3rd July 2016) and takes place on the full Henley Course on the River Thames over a distance of 1 mile, 550 yards or 2,112m. It regularly attracts a wide range of rowers from Olympians to amateurs and has been held annually for 177 years.

The Racing

Every race at The Regatta starts at the downstream end of Temple Island, with crews attaching their boats to a pair of pontoons. Once both crews are straight and ready the Umpire will call out their names and they will each be assigned either the ‘Bucks’ (Buckinghamshire) or ‘Berks’ (Berkshire) side of the course to row down.

During the week there are two types of rowing which take place; sculling and sweeping. In sweep rowing, each member of the team holds one oar with both hands. These races can be done in pairs, fours and eights. In this form of rowing the port side is referred to as stroke side, and the starboard side as bow side

In sculling each rower has two oars (or sculls), one in each hand, this is usually done with singles, doubles or quads. The oar in the sculler’s right hand extends to port (stroke side), and the oar in the left hand extends to starboard (bow side).

The racing is competed in a head-to-head knock-out format and the most prestigious title is the Grand Challenge Cup for Men’s Eights; the oldest cup awarded at the Henley Regatta.

What to Wear

While there is no strict dress code in place at the Henley Regatta, the vast majority of male spectators dress in blazers, chinos, boat shoes and hats, while women wear summer dresses for the most part.

In the Stewards Enclosure men are required to wear lounge suits, or jackets or blazers with flannels, a tie or a cravat. While hats are not compulsory they are worn by most guests. Women are required to wear dresses or skirts with a hemline below the knee.

Hopefully this has given you a little more insight into what to expect at the Henley Royal Regatta.

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Henley Regatta coverage nominated for prestigious award

The live production and broadcast of the 2015 Henley Regatta has been shortlisted for the prestigious BT Sport Industry Awards.

The official shortlist for the BT Sports Industry Awards are selected by 70 key industry figures. The shortlist will now go forward for consideration by the main judging panel to decide the winners in each category.

The five day Henley Regatta was streamed on YouTube and included ground-breaking coverage and images from a drone camera, which has made the final list in the Cutting Edge Sport Award. It is a fantastic achievement for the Regatta to be nominated for such as prestigious award and it proves that it is not just the quality of racing but also the quality of coverage that makes this such as special event.

Redgrave proud that Henley Regatta has made shortlist

Sir Steve Redgrave, Chairman of the Committee of Management said: “We are delighted to have made the shortlist in the Cutting Edge category.  It is testament to the fantastic job done by the HRR Broadcast team, Sunset + Vine and SP Films that Henley is now on a shortlist alongside the likes of Hawk-Eye technology, and Formula E.

“We set out to innovate, and raise the standard of broadcast coverage of our sport.  So it is gratifying, and a great honour for the team and the Regatta, to have received this industry recognition.”

Redgrave is a man who needs no introduction for rowing fans the five-time Olympic Champion and he made his mark at the Henley Regatta with 17 titles and championships to his name.

Winners of the BT Sport Industry Awards will be announced on April 28th 2016, the flagship awards ceremony for the sports broadcasting industry.

The 2016 Henley Regatta will be one of the highlights of the British sporting summer and we are delighted to provide outstanding official hospitality packages.

For more information please see our Henley Regatta hospitality packages page.