Watersports Events take place early afternoon, 24th August 2024.
Getting underway in the afternoon with a variety of rowing and sculling Races, an outboard motor balloon race and a swimming race.
The final event is ‘Walking The Greasy Pole’ which is rigged over the side of the Thames Barge Committee Boat.
Entries for the Watersports are free and entering is not required – just be on the start line in a suitable boat for the event. Full details of all races are printed in the Regatta Programme, you can purchase a download of this or printed copies are available in local shops.
PLEASE NOTE: To enter for the Greasy Pole Event this year you will need to Sign On ashore at the Regatta stall in the car park and collect a Wrist Band.
This measure is in place to control the number of participants on the barge for safety reasons.
On Friday afternoon the Thames sailing barge ‘Kitty’ was guided into its central position in front of the town hard by Peter Clarke’s boatyard team, providing the Committee Boat for the Regatta.
This year’s conditions were perfect, although a bit windy. A vey large number of both competitors and spectators were on the waterfront and on the water.
In the evening, following the prizegiving the spectacular fireworks were enjoyed by the spectators.
Watersports Photos 2023
by Martin Wade