The first ever Henley Royal Regatta was held in 1839, in 1886 the Regatta was extended to three days followed by another extension to four days in 1906. The popular five day Royal Regatta was first introduced in 1986 with an increase in the maximum entry for certain events.
This years Regatta will take place from Wednesday 29th June to Sunday 3rd July 2016.
The draw to find out the all-important race events will take place on Saturday 25th June in Henley Town Hall. The general racing times will be as followed:
Wednesday: First race 9.00am, Last race 7.20pm
Thursday: First race 9.00am, Last race 7.25pm
Friday: First race 8.30am, Last race 7.20pm
Saturday: First race 10.00am, Last race 7.00pm
Sunday: First race 11.30am, Last race 4.00pm
The course length is an impressive 1 Mile and 555 yards, 112 metres longer than the traditional international distance of 2,000 metres. There are a total of 20 events including different types depending on the number of athletes. 6 events for Eights, 5 for Fours, 5 for Quadruple Skulls, 5 for Coxless pairs and again 5 for Double Skulls.
The total cost of staging the five-day Regatta is now almost £3,000,000 and is one of the few major sporting events that doesn’t have any reliance on commercial sponsorship of outside subsidy.
Why is Henley unique?
Other international regattas follow a different set up in comparison to the Henley Royal Regatta, with Henley operating a knock-out draw system where only two boats race in each heat. This provides an exhilarating opportunity for spectators to watch up to 90 races in a single day. Henley Regatta is undoubtedly the best known regatta in the world and is respected as both a great sporting event but also as a truly memorable social event in the events calendar. The Regatta provides guests with a unique garden party atmosphere along the banks of the River Thames throughout 5 sensational days.
What To Wear
Although Henley Royal Regatta doesn’t have a specific dress code there are areas where spectators follow some guidelines. In particular male guests in the stewards enclosure follow a rule of lounge suits or blazers and flannels with shirt and tie to keep it smart but not dressed for the office. A more outdated guideline is usually followed by women who wear dresses or skirts down to the knee with no trousers, divided skirts or culottes. Hats are an optional extra but can sometimes be frowned upon if the flamboyant design blocks the view of the races for other guests. The Regatta Enclosure offers a more relaxed and less formal dress code such as traditional club blazers or rowing apparel.
There are various ways to enjoy the races including luxurious corporate hospitality. Team Tactics offers various hospitality packages for Henley Royal Regatta which provides guests with an exclusive and unforgettable experience in superb facilities along the banks of the River Thames. Our brand new Waterfront package is situated close to the exhilarating starting line while our Temple Island package is thought to be the most sought after for guests to enjoy luxurious hospitality. Exclusive boat charters offer something different with our beautiful and lovingly maintained vessels. Contact us for more information about our Corporate Hospitality packages for Henley Royal Regatta 2016.