Miriam Luke has been elected a Steward of the Regatta.
Miriam was educated at St Mary’s Hall, Daunstey’s School and Southampton University where she studied Biochemistry and Physiology. Miriam has worked at both the British Olympic Association and London 2012 where she managed the Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Village. She is currently working with Getfeedback as a consultant, leading their behaviour and cultural change work.
Jim Harlow, Esq. has been elected a Steward of the Regatta
Jim Harlow Esq. was educated in Oundle School and took up rowing at Birmingham University, where he was Captain and began coaching.
Ben Helm, Esq. has been elected a Steward of the Regatta.
Ben Helm started his rowing on the Union Canal in Edinburgh at George Heriot’s School and continued at Edinburgh University, moving to the Tideway in 1986. There, he initially rowed at Thames Tradesmen before moving to London Rowing Club when Robin Williams started his tenure as club coach in 1991. His successful international career spanned from 1993 to 1996, in the lightweight eight and four and he has remained very involved in the sport. His Henley career included a remarkable year in 1994 when his lightweight crew reached the finals of both the Stewards and the Queen Mother, losing to French and German crews, both of which were heavyweight World Champions.
Dr Lady Elizabeth-Ann Redgrave has been elected a Steward of the Regatta.
Ann was educated in Berkshire where she attended Maidenhead High School for Girls. Ann started rowing in 1981 when she first became interested in Sports Preventive Medicine. She represented Great Britain in the Los Angeles Olympics 1984 in the women’s eights. In 1986, Ann rowed at the Commonwealth Games in an eight and a four, being placed second and third respectively.
The Henley Royal Regatta is to introduce three new events for women to the 2017 race schedule.
On Friday 1st July at 11am, two minutes of silence will be observed at Henley Royal Regatta to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The remembrance will take place in the Stewards’ Enclosure, with the remaining regatta areas also invited to observe the silence, which will commence with The Last Post.
In addition to the 11am tribute, boats competing on Friday 1st will have a poppy sticker attached to the hull. There will also be an exhibition on rowers and World War I staged in the prize tent, courtesy of the River & Rowing Museum.
The Battle of the Somme, which began on July 1st 1916, was the largest battle fought during World War I, killing or injuring over a million men. Fought between British, French and German armies near the Somme river in France, the battle continued from July until the 18th November 1916 when heavy rain made continued fighting too difficult.
BT Sport UK secures rights to broadcast Henley Royal Regatta live for the first time this year as the event capitalises upon the success of the 2015 broadcast project.
Live coverage of racing will begin on BT Sport at 1300 BST on Wednesday 29th June, Thursday 30th and Friday 1st July, with the full day’s racing shown live on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of July. Coverage of the event on BT Sport will be a valuable update to the Regatta’s YouTube coverage, which streams the whole event live around the world.
The addition of BT Sport, one of the UK’s leading broadcast companies since its creation in 2013, is a huge step forward for the Regatta and will bring racing of the highest calibre to screens across the UK.
In view of the number and quality of the Entries received for the 2016 Regatta, the Committee of Management exercised its powers under General Rule 37 to suspend General Rule 18, as it referred to the following events and increased the numbers permitted for the 2016 Regatta:-
The Princess Grace Challenge Cup now for 12 crews
The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup now for 16 crews
The Diamond Challenge Sculls now for 16 scullers
This decision is reflected in the Schedule of Crews required to Qualify.
Sir Steve Redgrave, C.B.E.
Chairman of the Committee of Management
2016 Henley Royal Regatta receives a record number of entries underlining its position as the World's most prestigious regatta.
629 crews have been entered eclipsing the previous record of 552 set in 1998.
International entries have also defied previous records with 165 crews entered for this year’s event against a 2012 high of 133.
27 nations will be competing for honours – another Henley record which overshadows the 2013 best of 22 nations.
Henley Royal Regatta’s live broadcast coverage of the 2015 event has again been recognised for its creativity and innovation with a nomination at the prestigious Broadcast Digital Awards.
Five days of action were shown live on the Regatta’s Official YouTube Channel, that received 297,000 views from around the globe, enjoying full broadcast coverage of the event for the first time since 1968. Over 200 races were filmed by 10 cameras along the 2,112m course with the pioneering inclusion of live aerial pictures from a drone camera giving viewers a unique perspective of the action.