Winning an event at Henley has always been considered one of the greatest achievements of a rower's career, even amongst those who have become world champions. A rowing life is not complete if it does not include competing at Henley.

Unlike all other major international regattas, racing at Henley is on a knock-out basis, with crews rowing two abreast over a Course which is one mile 550 yards (2,112 metres) long. Naturally the tactics in such races are different from racing six abreast. Athletes who row almost all their serious races six abreast over 2,000 metre courses have found the variety of racing at Henley adds greatly to the interest and enjoyment of their regatta season.

The Stewards of the Regatta hope to have the pleasure of welcoming crews from your Club to Henley this year.

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Entries Close

Monday 14th June 2021

Latest time of arrival at Regatta Headquarters in Henley-on-Thames: 2.00 pm (1400 hours)

Qualifying Races

Friday 25th June 2021


Saturday 26th June 2021 - 3.00 pm
(1500 hours)

Regatta Church Service

Sunday 4th July 2021 – 9.30 am


Church of St Mary the Virgin, Henley-on-Thames

Preliminary Heats

Tuesday 29th June 2021
Wednesday 30th June 2021

Heats & Quarter-finals

Thursday 1st July 2021
Friday 2nd July 2021


Friday 2nd July 2021
Saturday 3rd July 2021


Sunday 4th July 2021


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Racing Information

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, Market Place, 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 1st July. The racing timetable for the Wednesday will be posted on the Regatta website on the afternoon of Sunday 28th 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 2nd July or Friday 3rd July.


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