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TWICKENHAM REGATTA
28th May 2022 - CANCELLED

We very much regret that we have to cancel Twickenham Regatta for 2022. Whilst many of our plans were well advanced, we were not able to obtain permission to run the regatta using Buccleuch Gardens and the riverside for boat parking.

Twickenham Regatta was founded as the Richmond and Twickenham Amateur Regatta in 1923. There had been ‘Twickenham’ regattas going back to the founding of Twickenham Rowing Club in 1860 but these were in the nature of invitation events.

In 1952 Richmond Regatta was founded to run a Coronation event and thereafter, Twickenham and Richmond regattas ran as separate events.

In its history, the course at Twickenham Regatta has varied. For many years, it was an upstream course finishing at where the old Hotel was on Eel Pie Island. After that, the course would be upstream to Orleans Gardens. With the advent of Boat Trailers, it was essential to have adequate parking for them and the course was switched to upstream from Glovers Island to Ham House with boat parking on the Surrey station. After just a few years the course was switched to downstream with the enclosure at Buccleuch Gardens. Today the course is 1,000 metres.

 

Twickenham Regatta expects normally in excess of 100 races, and is supported both by local clubs and many further afield.

 

Racing is from stakeboats with pursuit umpire launches.

 

Twickenham Regatta is a friendly event and we pride ourselves on flexibility. The course is on a very picturesque part of the Thames (the view from Richmond Hill looking up the course is one of the very few views in the UK which is protected by an Act of Parliament)

 

The Committee records with great regret the death in February 2020 of Iain McElroy, one of its Vice Presidents. Iain had been the Chief Umpire for many years and his stewardship had ensured that the event was always operated to the highest standards. He will be greatly missed and the Committee extends its sympathy to his wife, Ruth and son John.

In addition, we are sad to report the death of Avril Vellacott, another Vice President. Avril was a very enthusiastic supporter of Rowing and had been very involved in the Women's rowing and also coaching juniors