Cookham Regatta to return for day of races and family entertainment

Emma Billingham

There is still time to enter your team into this year's Cookham Regatta.

The popular annual event will be returning to the Thames on Saturday, September 3 for a day of races as well as entertainment for all the family to enjoy.

Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Cookham Bridge and Marlow Thames for the past 16 years, Cookham Regatta has a long history and is one of the first recorded on the Thames.

The first Cookham Regatta was held in 1882 and continued until the 1930s. It was revived in 1988 and has grown to the popular event it is today, with more than 2,500 people expected to attend next month.

There are still spaces to enter a team into one of the racing categories, from dragon boats to canoe-cats, a family row, club challenge and the Cookham challenge.

No previous experience is required, and all boats, equipment and life jackets are provided.

Peter Osborn, regatta committee chairman, said: "This is a great annual fun event for families, friends and organisations alike. And we in turn provide funds for and raise awareness about charities both at home and overseas."

This year the regatta's lead charity to support is Creating Better Futures, which helps young children in deprived environments in Africa to get a good start in life.

In addition to the river competition there will be a wide range of activities on the river banks of Cookham Moor. These include a dog show, classic car display, sumo wrestling, bouncy castles, bungee trampoline, a silent auction, as well as a brass band which will entertain throughout the day.

Peter added: "The deadline for race entries is looming and we encourage teams to go to the website and register as soon as is possible."

Races on the day run from 11am.

The entry deadline is Saturday, August 27.

Visit for an entry form and more information.


While the races are on, the Environment Agency has issued a notice regarding restrictions on the use of the river for boaters between 8.30am and 6pm.

The notice states:

- The navigation channel shall be established on the Bourne End, right side of the river

- Racing boats will be using a buoyed channel between Bourne End Railway Bridge and Cookham Reach Sailing Club on the Cookham, left side of the river

- Regatta boards will mark the upstream and downstream extent of the course

- Masters of all boats to maintain a safe speed and lookout between Bourne End Railway Bridge and Cookham Reach Sailing Club

- All boats must be navigated in accordance with any instructions given from Environment Agency control points or patrol launches

- Those in charge of boats should be aware that they are responsible for avoiding collision and should use all available means appropriate to the circumstances and conditions to decide if there is a risk of immediate danger and avoid it

- Bathing is not allowed in the river on the course during the hours of racing

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