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 1100 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 which is 1 week before Henley Womens Regatta (HWR) and 3 weeks before Henley Royal Regatta (HRR). Reading Amateur Regatta was first held in 1842 and today the regatta continues to be a very popular event, with exciting rowing on a beautiful stretch of the river Thames.

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 now 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.

The popularity of the regatta with rowers is such that the regatta has a full racing program from approximately 9.00am until 7.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday! The draw will be published on the Tuesday in advance of the regatta and results will be published as soon as possible afterwards.

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.

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 HAS CHANGED FROM PREVIOUS YEARS : 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.


The site will be accessible for trailer parking from the Friday morning when arranged through the Site Manager in advance (tel. 07784 570271, e-mail: 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 8DR

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

Regatta dates in 2019

For 2019 the Regatta dates are still to be confirmed, but it should be on on our usual 2nd weekend in June: Saturday 8th of June and Sunday 9th June 2019.