Hampton Court and Dittons Regatta
The regatta was inaugurated in 1887, being described as an "Aquatic Sports and Venetian Fete", although Alfred Sisley's painting illustrates a regatta in existence some thirteen years earlier at the same location. Pleasure boating on the River Thames between Teddington Lock and Molesey Lock had become extremely popular, and owners of self-propelled craft were interested in more sporting activity than just recreational boating, and competitors came from local sports clubs. The regatta was from the start under the royal patronage of Princess Frederica of Hanover who was then residing at Hampton Court Palace. The start point, then as now, was from the Hampton Court Palace Water Gallery, but finished then at the lower end of Boyle Farm Island.
The regatta has remained a traditional boat event, being a competition for skiffing and punting and is run from Dittons Skiff and Punting Club at Thames Ditton in July. Skiffing is run under the rules of the Skiff Racing Association and the course goes downstream from Hampton Court Palace Water Gallery to the clubhouse at Thames Ditton. Punting is run under the rules of the Thames Punting Club and the course is along the Hampton Court side on the opposite bank of the river from the clubhouse. Dongola racing and dinghy racing for juniors is also included in the regatta.
- Thames Ditton website
- G. Dear One Hundred Years of Skiff Racing British Rowing Almanack 2001
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