Henley Regatta is a historic occasion, set in a riverside village that has hardly changed in the last two centuries and bringing some serious competition to the water in one of Britain's most famous summer sporting events. It has been running since 1839, and has grown from a local event into one of the biggest meetings in rowing, attracting crews of international quality to an array of Challenge Trophies. The draw is still conducted on a knock-out basis with only two boats racing in each heat. Nineteen events take place over the five days including six classes of races for Eights and aces for Coxless Pairs and Double Sculls. But this is just as much a social event, with thousands gathering to eat picnics and drink Pimm's aplenty by the waterside. Expect lots of Tim-Nice-But-Dims as the English upper class and middle classes descend in their hoards.
Images of, and near, Henley Royal Regatta 2015
Henley Royal Regatta 2015 Henley Royal Regatta 2015 - Image courtesy of Jaap Oepkes
Henley Royal Regatta 2015 - Henley Royal Regatta 2015 - Image courtesy of Jaap Oepkes