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Henley - the most famous regatta in the world

It's the best known regatta in the world and whether you're an Olympian or an amateur - spectator or crew member - then Henley is the place to be. Cary Johnston spoke to those gathered there on day one, including Sarah Winckless, an Olympic Rowing Medallist.

The Henley Royal Regatta for 2017 lasts from Wednesday 28th June to Sunday 2nd July.


Henley rewinds back to the 80's

Forty thousand people rocked Henley over the weekend, as veteran pop icons like Billy Ocean, Kim Wilde, Midge Ure, and the Human League, belted out their hits in an 80's music extravaganza, which is now the largest of its kind in Europe. Cary Johnston went backstage to find out more, and to meet the fans who can't get enough of their favourite decade.

Sir Ben Ainslie to give winning trophy at Henley Regatta

Sir Ben Ainslie will present the winners of the Henley Royal Regatta with their trophy Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Sir Ben Ainslie will present trophies to the winning crews of the Henley Royal Regatta on Sunday.

The four-times Olympic champion will hand out the awards, along with the Regatta Chairman Mike Sweeney, who is retiring after 22 years of service.

This is the 175th Henley Royal Regatta where 494 crews have entered.


175th Henley Royal Regatta gets underway

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.

Crews prepare at Henley Royal Regatta Credit: ITV Meridian

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.

Crowds gather at Henley Royal Regatta Credit: ITV Meridian

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. “

Row2Recovery: Your chance to see a very special boat

Two former soldiers who took part in the Row2Recovery challenge to row across the Atlantic have been telling their story in Henley-on-Thames.

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.

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