Regatta events to get underway this weekend

Regatta events to get underway this weekend

Paul Miles

Regatta events to get underway this weekend

Regatta fever is set to grip Maidenhead this weekend with two major sporting events set to take place.

On Saturday teams from across the South-east will gather on the River Thames to take part in the Maidenhead Regatta.

More than 100 races are planned for the event with 170 entries confirmed.

Hundreds of spectators are expected to line the banks of the Thames, near to the historic Maidenhead Railway Bridge, to watch the sporting action take place.

Regatta chairman John Rayer said final preparations had now been made and urged people to come down to the river and join in the fun.

"We are looking forward to it," he said.

"I just think it is a really relaxing end of season event that people enjoy coming too. You will see some nice racing and it is a family atmosphere."

Refreshments will be served during the event for hungry spectators with races set to start at 9am carrying on through to 5.30pm.

John added the forecast was looking good for the event and was hoping for another successful day of competitive racing.

Entry is free for spectators.

On Sunday its the turn of the Thames Punting Club Championship Regatta.

More than 20 clubs from locations including Marlow, Eton and Claires Court Schools are expected to part in the traditional event.

It will be held downstream of Maidenhead Rowing Club and the Brunel Railway Bridge in River Road.

Wargrave and Wraysbury will be among the clubs competing in singles and doubles races from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Entry is free for spectators while there will also be a refreshment tent serving up food throughout the day.

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