In pictures: Maidenhead Regatta 2012

In pictures: Maidenhead Regatta 2012

Nicola Hine

In pictures: Maidenhead Regatta 2012

Glorious sunshine beamed down on the Thames on Saturday for Maidenhead's annual Regatta.

Spectators lined the banks of the river with deckchairs and picnics as 180 races – one every four minutes – were hosted by Maidenhead Rowing Club.

More than 20 clubs from locations including Marlow, Eton and Claires Court Schools took part in the event.

Regatta chairman John Rayer said: "With the weather we had in June and July I'm just astounded.

"We're so lucky. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and people are happy. Well those who we gave prizes to are."

The races took place just past the historic Maidenhead Railway Bridge along the Bray stretch of the river. Some crews based their boats in nearby Bridge Gardens.

A barbecue, bar and homemade cakes ensured visitors to the River Road site were well fed and watered.

Rowing has taken centre stage in the area over recent weeks with the Olympic events taking place mere miles away at nearby Dorney Lake.

Club president Jeremy Webb said: "We've put an extra learn to row course on in response to the Olympic factor which is filling up fast."

"During the Olympics we've had a huge number of foreign visitors and friends and families coming down to enjoy the club."

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