All races are held over the full Henley Course on the River Thames. The length of the Course is one mile 550 yards (2,112 metres) – upstream.
All races are rowed two abreast and the winner proceeds to the next round.
The Draw takes place at 3.00 pm on the Saturday before the Regatta in the Town Hall in Henley-on-Thames. In the Draw, in each heat, the first crew drawn has the No. 1 station – the Berks. station.
Traditionally the Committee has 'selected' certain crews in the Draw for a number of the events. The purpose of this is to achieve the fairest and most satisfactory racing programme. Crews may be 'selected' because they are considered to be the fastest in their event or in order to keep apart overseas crews from the same Club or Country or for other similar reasons. This means that ‘selection’ is not the same as ‘seeding’!
The Draw will be posted on the Regatta website on the Saturday evening.
The Regatta will be raced over five days. The first rounds of the Thames, Temple, Princess Elizabeth, Wyfold, Britannia and Fawley Challenge Cups will begin racing on Wednesday 28th June. The racing timetable for the Wednesday will be posted on the Regatta website on the afternoon of Sunday 25th June. This timetable is subject to change annually and is dependent on the number of entries received.
The first rounds of all other events will begin racing on Thursday 29th June or Friday 30th June.
|OPEN EVENTS - MEN|
|The Grand Challenge Cup||M8+||16|
|The Stewards' Challenge Cup||M4-||16|
|The Queen Mother Challenge Cup||M4x||16|
|The Silver Goblets and Nickalls' Challenge Cup||M2-||12|
|The Double Sculls Challenge Cup||M2x||12|
|The Diamond Challenge Sculls||M1x||12|
|OPEN EVENTS - WOMEN|
|The Remenham Challenge Cup||W8+||8|
|The Princess Grace Challenge Cup||W4x||8|
|The Princess Royal Challenge Cup||W1x||8|
|INTERMEDIATE EVENTS - MEN|
|The Ladies' Challenge Plate||M8+||16|
|The Visitors' Challenge Cup||M4-||16|
|The Prince of Wales Challenge Cup||M4x||16|
|CLUB EVENTS - MEN|
|The Thames Challenge Cup||M8+||32|
|The Wyfold Challenge Cup||M4-||32|
|The Britannia Challenge Cup||M4+||16|
|STUDENT EVENTS - MEN|
|The Temple Challenge Cup||M8+||32|
|The Prince Albert Challenge Cup||M4+||16|
|JUNIOR EVENTS - MEN|
|The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup||JM8+||32|
|The Fawley Challenge Cup||JM4x||24|
|JUNIOR EVENTS - WOMEN|
|The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup||JW4x||8|
There have been changes to the arrangements for the licensing of rowing craft and Henley Royal Regatta can no longer provide temporary licences to competing crews.
Boats must be licensed by the Environment Agency through British Rowing who will issue a boat identification code which must be printed and displayed clearly on every boat competing or training at the Regatta.
Licences can be obtained from the British Rowing website.