Henley Regatta

Henley Regatta
   The Henley Royal Regatta, as it is formally known, was first held in 1839. As much a date on the social calendar as a sporting tournament, Henley still exudes a prewar upper-class charm, attracting non-participants who are eager just to be seen there. The popularity of the regatta has seen the tournament increase from an afternoon’s rowing to fully two weeks of qualification and knockout competition. The regatta gained royal patronage in 1851 from the Prince Consort, and is still frequented by some members of the Royal Family. The sixteen competitive rowing events are all recognized formally by the sport’s governing bodies, although Henley has the unique distinction of not being subject to any rowing federation rules.
   SAM JOHNSTONE

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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