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2020 Fawley Court Henley Royal Regatta
2020 REGATTA CANCELLATION – STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
With much sadness and regret, the Committee of Management of Henley Royal Regatta has agreed that the 2020 Regatta must be cancelled. We have also ruled out the possibility of staging the Regatta at a future date this year. It has weighed heavily on the Committee of Management that in its 181 year history, the Regatta has only previously been cancelled during the World Wars. Also that so many athletes and coaches have worked so hard for an entire season in order to give themselves the chance to race at Henley. Nonetheless, we are agreed that this is the right decision for our staff, members, volunteers, competitors, spectators, partners and Stewards.
We have taken this decision after much deliberation, and after as thorough an evaluation that we and the Regatta staff have been able to conduct since the COVID-19 outbreak started to have an impact on normal life. In so doing we have considered a number of factors, including the following:
Latest Government guidance, in particular stricter travel restrictions, and social distancing requirements, and the withdrawal of emergency services support for mass gatherings;
Modelling evidence as to the likely development of COVID-19 in the UK, notably the research conducted by Dr. Neil Ferguson and his team at Imperial College being relied upon by Government scientists;
Our operational options and their implications, both practical and financial.
Our highest concerns have been the health and safety of all those involved in the staging and running of the Regatta, as well as wider public health and the Regatta’s role in society’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Engage at Fawley Court Henley Royal Regatta provides the finest hospitality in conjunction with Fawley Court, the Sir Christopher Wren designed, stately home on the banks of the River Thames. Henley Regatta has been established since 1839 and thus the event has been woven into the fabric of the English social season. The original regatta was sited at Henley due to it having the only straight 1.5mile stretch of river and the rest the as they say is history. Prince Albert became the first Royal Patron in 1851 and since then every reigning monarch has succeeded him hence it is known as Henley Royal Regatta.
The Regatta predates any other rowing organisations or associations and is governed by The Stewards while being recognised now by British Rowing and the International Federation of Rowing Associations. Racing takes place Wednesday top Sunday and runs From Temple Island, the old Fawley Court fishing lodge, upstream toward the town or Henley. The river forms the border between Buckinghamshire and Berkshire and each crew is assigned to the Bucks or Berks side.
There are many elements which make our Fawley Court Henley Royal Regatta the ultimate in Henley hospitality. The house itself is set in magnificent grounds, the Sir Christopher Wren architecture is Grade 1 listed and the house has a long water that runs down to the river. Guest pull up outside the stunning from of the house and are then taken by Range Rover down to the river front while their car is valet parked. The River Club is constructed from a stunning glass structure that was once used for Pippa Middleton’s wedding. This is surrounded by a floating pontoon deck and bar area which enables guest to have the best views of the river. Being at the halfway point of the racing you can see more from Fawley River Club than any other facility on the course. Guest relax by the Thames with Champagne and cocktails prior to lunch or take one of our launches and have a champagne cruise along the Royal Regatta course. Lunch is served in the Glass Structure while afternoon tea can be enjoyed by outside by the river.
There are many ways to do Henley, this is undoubtedly the finest and you will be the envy of all the other visitors who sail past throughout the day.
Numbers are strictly limited so call us now to reserve your places.