The regatta takes place in July and attracts top crews from around the UK. Racing takes place on the 850-metre downstream course that stretches from Platts Eyot. The main regatta takes place on Saturday and the Molesey Junior Regatta, on a shorter course, takes place on Sunday.
Molesey Regatta was established in 1867 and the main supporting club has been Molesey Boat Club. The Molesey Amateur Regatta Committee also organizes the Molesey Veteran Head held in the Spring about six weeks before the Tideway Head. In 2007, the regatta was cancelled for the first time because of river conditions.