From the 4th-8th July this year, university students, Olympians and amateur boaters from around the world will meet at the River Thames to compete in the famous Henley Royal Regatta. From what to wear to who to look out for, here’s everything you need to know before they set sail.
Leave your trousers at home
If you’re heading to the exclusive members only Stewards Enclosure, you need a dress or skirt that falls below the knee. Hats aren’t compulsory, but they’ll spice up your look, so why not dig out your favourite fascinator?
The Regatta Enclosure is a little more casual, so there’s no dress code. But you can still get involved with nautical stripes and boyish blazers.
If you’re not a member, make friends with one
The Stewards’ Enclosure takes up most of the shoreline and it’s reserved for members and their guests. If you don’t fancy joining the ten year waiting list to become a member, get in quick and book tickets for the Regatta Enclosure.
Pack a picnic
Every year, spectators gather their finger sandwiches and fizz and head to the nearby meadow to watch the races. It’s more relaxed and there’s no dress code. Sold? Us too.
Everyone’s a winner
The races are tough and the competition is world-class, but spectators at the Royal Regatta are famous for politely applauding both sides. When the race is over, the teams usually give one another three cheers.