1st March 2021: PRESS RELEASE

Henley Women’s Regatta 2021

Following the recent announcement from the government on a stepped route map out of lockdown, Henley Women’s Regatta is looking at various options that will allow us to stage a safe and compliant regatta in June or July 2021.

We know how hard you have been training in your living rooms, garages, balconies and gardens over the past months and that being able to compete this summer is what you are all aiming for.

Our priority is to offer an event for all competitors at all levels of competition – club, university, para and juniors – on the Henley stretch over our normal course. To do this we are consulting with all our stakeholders and partners in rowing and the local area to find out what is possible and safe.

British Rowing’s guidance on return to competition is still to be confirmed and we are waiting for more detail on what is possible for competing this summer, and the exact dates when the regatta could be held.

In the meantime, we urge all in the rowing community to follow the guidelines to help keep the pandemic under control, so that we can come out of lockdown according to the government timeline. This is highly dependent on Covid-19 levels continuing to fall.

Stay at home, keep training and we hope to welcome you to Henley Women’s Regatta this summer.

Miriam Luke

Chairman, HWR

(Download full statement as a .pdf file.)

Henley Women’s Regatta is the premier regatta for women in the United Kingdom. Each year more than 1,500 rowers travel from all over the UK and from across the world to compete in this prestigious event. Held on the rowing world’s most iconic stretch of the River Thames, HWR offers exciting side-by-side match racing for a wide range of competitors, from Juniors to University and Club to International level. Spectators are welcome to watch and enjoy the racing along the full length of the course – no tickets required!