Regatta Information

Rowers are invited to come to Reading Amateur Regatta and compete in Reading’s best rowing event on the river Thames. Separate events are held on Saturday (over 1500 metres) & Sunday (over 1000 metres). On both days, there will be a buoyed 2 lane course, providing a real testing ground for all crews:  every race must be won to reach the final!

The Reading Amateur Regatta  will be held on the 3rd weekend  in June (Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th) which is 1 week before Henley Womens Regatta (HWR) and 3 weeks before Henley Royal Regatta (HRR).

The regatta is a great weekend out for rowers, family, friends and the general public who can come along and watch the racing for free. The Thames promenade allows you to walk the complete length of the course giving excellent race viewing opportunities. Race commentary will be provided during the day. Refreshments can be purchased in the marquee throughout the day.

The regatta provides crews with an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the skills and high demands of one-to-one racing. In order to get to the final crews will have to win every heat in an event. All winners will be presented with medals. On Saturday, many of the events are also associated with trophies.

Reading Amateur Regatta has a long history (first established in 1842) and is recognised as a major river regatta leading up to Henley Royal Regatta. As such, results achieved by crews at Reading Amateur Regatta contribute to Henley qualifying status. In addition, with the regatta being held in the immediate run-up before Henley Women’s Regatta, top international women’s crews use Reading Amateur Regatta as one of their final warm-up events.

Reading Amateur Regatta will be held under the rules of British Rowing and the British Rowing Rules of Racing will apply. Further the regatta conforms to the 'RowSafe' guide. The draw will be published on the Tuesday in advance of the regatta and results will published live on this website!

The popularity of the regatta is such that the regatta has a full racing program from approximately 9.00am until 7.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday!

Reading Amateur Regatta changes for 2019

This year is turning out to be a landmark year for Reading Amateur Regatta, bringing a number of exciting changes.

The infliction of the British Rowing Senior National Championships on the busiest part of the rowing calendar came as a shock to the many organisations trying to prepare for their events, particularly those where there was a direct clash. The Reading Amateur Regatta committee has looked carefully at the possible implications of this decision, in order to continue to offer a first-class weekend of racing with the challenge of side-by-side racing over our 1500 and 1000 metre courses.

With the introduction of the ranking indices and potential for smaller groups in the bands then it was decided to move to two divisions per day and to permit doubling-up between the divisions so that those wishing to enter two compatible events in one day could now do so. Some changes have been made to Junior and Schools events, including the reassignment of the Radley Cup as the Victor Ludorum for Junior events while the Saunders Cup will be the Victor Ludorum for the Senior events over the weekend.

With the British Rowing Masters Championships being held in Strathclyde rather than Nottingham this year, some crews have felt unable to travel so far and asked for events closer to home, so it was decided to offer Masters events over the weekend as well.

These are some of the changes that are taking place at Reading this summer. However, one thing has not changed: The committee is as determined as ever to produce the most professional Reading Amateur Regatta possible, in order to allow both athletes and spectators to enjoy the beauty of side-by-side racing.

Location & Parking

The Reading Amateur Regatta is held on the river Thames, along the Thames promenade, next to Caversham Bridge in Reading.

ACCESS TO THE REGATTA SITE: The access route is from Thames Side Promenade through the car park behind Reading Rowing Club. Vehicles towing boat trailers or carrying sculling boats will be directed to a designated boat parking area.

NO ACCESS TO ANY VEHICLE WILL BE GRANTED THROUGH RIVERMEAD LESIURE COMPLEX. THERE ARE HEIGHT BARRIERS AND TOLL CAMERAS IN THIS CAR PARK


The regatta site will be accessible for trailer parking from the Friday morning when arranged through the Site Manager in advance (tel. tbc , e-mail: site@reading-amateur-regatta.org). The site will be open from 0500 on Saturday and Sunday mornings and close 2 hours after the last scheduled race of the day.

Trailers may be left overnight; however, this will be at the owner's risk. Trailers may be left on site until Monday morning; this must be arranged via the Site Manager in advance.

Parking will be charged at £2 per vehicle.

Post code for Sat Nav: RG1 8BD

Any site access issues should be reported to the Site Manager immediately.

Regatta dates in 2020

The Reading Amateur Regatta dates for 2020 are still to be confirmed.