Henley Women's Regatta

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The Temple on Temple Island, the iconic starting point of Henley Women's Regatta.

Henley Women's Regatta, often abbreviated to "HWR" or "Women's Henley", is a rowing regatta held at Henley-on-Thames, England. It was first held in 1988, as a response to the absence of women's events at Henley Royal Regatta at that time. While Henley Royal Regatta now offers three women's events, Women's Henley has continued to build and expand. Henley Women's Regatta now lasts three full days, and includes time trials for over-subscribed events.

Henley Women's Regatta is held on the Thames River at Henley, using the same, but shortened, boomed course as Henley Royal. The Henley Women's Regatta course runs for 1,500m in comparison with Henley Royal's 2112m. The Henley Women's Regatta course begins at the top of Temple Island and has its finish line in front of the Remenham Club, where the Friends of Henley Women's Regatta enclosure is located. It takes place over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in mid to late June.

In 2004 the regatta has offered Intermediate, Senior and Elite categories instead of College, Club and Open. Junior categories are also offered. In 2011 the regatta also began to offer Adaptive events. On 1 December 2017 HWR announced that the Competition Structure events would be altered for the 2018 regatta to recategorise the events into Championship, Aspirational, Development, Junior, Junior under 16, and Para Rowing.

The current regatta chair is Miriam Batten and the joint patrons of the regatta are Sir Steven Redgrave and Lady Redgrave.


On 1 December 2017 HWR announced that the competition structure would be altered for 2018 as follows:

  • Championship
    • The Ron Needs Cup (Eights)
    • The Avril Vellacott Cup (Coxless Fours)
    • The Borne Cup (Quad Sculls)
    • The Redgrave Vase (Coxless Pairs)
    • The W. Peer Cup (Double Sculls)
    • The George Innes Cup (Single Sculls)
    • The Haslam Trophy (Lwt Double Sculls)
    • The Parkside Trophy (Lwt Coxless Pairs)
    • The Godfrey Rowsports Trophy (Lwt Single Sculls)
  • Aspirational
    • The Colgan Foundation Cup (Academic Eights)
    • The Invesco Perpetual Challenge Cup (Club Eights)
    • The Cathy Cruickshank Trophy (Academic Coxless Fours)
    • The Lester Trophy (Club Coxless Fours)
    • The Chairman's Trophy (Quad Sculls)
    • The Rosie Mayglothling Trophy (Double Sculls)
    • The Bernard Churcher Trophy (Single Sculls)
    • The Fiona Dennis Trophy (Lwt Single Sculls)
  • Development
    • The Frank V Harry Cup (Coxed Fours)
  • Junior
    • The Peabody Cup (Eights)
    • The Groton School Challenge Cup (Coxed Fours)
    • The Bea Langridge Trophy (Quad Sculls)
    • The Rayner Cup (Double Sculls)
    • The Di Ellis Trophy (Single Sculls)
  • Junior under 16
    • The Nina Padwick Trophy (J16 Quad Sculls)
    • The West End Amateur Rowing Association Trophy (J16 Coxed Fours)
  • Para Rowing
    • The Grosvenor Cup (Para-Rowing Single Sculls)

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