The scene is set for a high-calibre Henley Royal Regatta, celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the first Regatta in 1839, with many Olympic and World Champions from around the world taking part.
The Great Britain Rowing Team was the top nation at the recent European Championships in Belgrade and eight of its crews will be competing in the top events at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta.
The British Eight, racing as Leander Club and University of London, are European Bronze Medallists and will meet the French National Eight, racing as Club France in a straight final. The winning crew will be the first to have their names engraved on the brand new base of The Grand Challenge Cup.
In The Queen Mother Challenge Cup for men’s quads the British World and European Silver Medallists, racing as Leander Club and Agecroft Rowing Club, will face tough opposition from the national crews from Australia, France and the Netherlands.
The Remenham Challenge Cup for women’s eights has attracted national crews from Great Britain, Australia and the Netherlands. The British Eight will be racing as Leander Club and Imperial College London. A total of 494 crews have entered this year’s Regatta.
The Chairman of the Committee of Management, Mike Sweeney, said “This year is the 175th Anniversary of the Regatta and I am delighted to welcome so many top crews from all around the world to help us to celebrate this special occasion. “
Plans to move the Henley Festival to a new site have been scrapped. It's after local residents raised concerns over proposals to relocate to Henley Business School. Organisers have announced that the event will now stay put on the Royal Regatta site.
Corporal Neil Heritage, who lost both his legs in Iraq, and Alex Mackenzie travelled three thousand miles in 51 days. The boat they used has gone on display at the town's River and Rowing Museum. In the video Alex shares his story.
Royal Mail have painted gold a post box, near the Leander Rowing Club in Henley-on-Thames. The gesture marks pride in the success of the club's rowers at the Olympics. Members of the club won 12 medals at the London 2012 Games.
The men's eight rowing at Eton Dorney have won bronze for Great Britain.
James Foad, from Southampton, Richard Egington, Matthew Langridge and Alex Partridge from Henley, and Tom Ransley, from Ashford, all starred in the race, at one point hitting the lead, before Germany stormed to a finish.