Course & Circulation


The Regatta takes place on the River Thames within a boomed 1000m upstream course between Temple Island and Upper Thames Rowing Club on the same reach as the world-famous Henley Royal Regatta.

The Start is at a point about 100 metres upstream of Temple Island.  The Finish is about 3 metres below the floating pontoon in front of the UTRC boathouse.

For those new to this Regatta, please note the Berkshire bank of the river (Berks) is the side from which you will boat. The other bank is the Buckinghamshire bank (Bucks).


HMR Circulation Pattern

You must familiarise yourselves with the normal river rules which operate prior to the Regatta and outside of Regatta hours on Friday & Saturday.

Crews are allowed on the water for practice on Friday morning but must be off the water by 8.30am and on Saturday by 7.30am. No practice is allowed during the racing timetable. The exception is for crews who are making their way to the start for a scheduled race. Practice is allowed after regatta hours at which time the normal circulation pattern in Henley resumes immediately after the last race of the day. Please refer to the circulation pattern in PDF above. Please note that there may be busy river traffic due to Henley Festival taking place on the same days as the regatta.


Steerspersons / coxes must be especially careful below Temple Island (remember that during the regatta you must return to the normal (Berks) side of the river below Temple Island). During the racing timetable look out for the cross-over point.  In the interests of safety light pressure paddling ONLY is permitted between the bottom of the island until crews have safely crossed over.

Steerspersons / coxes should be aware that other river users may ignore the change-over times for racing and normal operation. The best advice is to look around frequently outside of racing times and in the warm up area at all times.

Following racing on a launch

You may be able to get on a launch to follow a race – go to the Start just above Temple Island where launches await their next race. Taking passengers is entirely at the discretion of the umpire & driver and adhering to the racing timetable is their priority.  Following a race is not guaranteed and it is therefore not possible to reserve in advance.