MOLESEY REGATTA 2020
JULY 18th and 19th
Our intention had been to run the regatta, unless we were told not to by British Rowing. We thought it was important to offer some racing and some entertainment as far as possible, and carried on organising with that in mind.
However British Rowing has cancelled all competition until at least the end of July, and that settles the matter. Next year’s dates are July 17th and 18th, and we hope to see you there. The Molesey Head Races are on February 13th.
Ted Bates – Regatta Secretary
Fe Wood – Assistant Secretary
17th May 2020
On behalf of the Committee of Molesey Amateur Regatta
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Location details at the bottom of this page.
Here are some special features about the Regatta
Why not enter our oldest invitation event – the Garrick Doubles? This was originally designed for a senior oarsman and a novice oarsman. Times and classifications have changed a lot in 118 years, but the principle is the same – an experienced rower and an inexperienced rower racing together. The silver cup is enormous and beautiful – well worth a picture. The event is mixed and defined in modern terms under Competitors.
A new cup was added to the collection in 2018. It is an 1874 Molesey Regatta oak-bound quart tankard. It was presented to the regatta by Phil Bourgignon, MBC Head Coach. It is in honour of Dick (Douglas) Child who was on the committee from 1986 to 2017 and President from 2001 to 2004. Each year it will be allocated to an event, and have the winning club engraved on its base. Well worth competing for!
Quite a lot of land entertainment is planned for this year. It will include a beer festival, music in the day, a small fairground, and music at night including a wide choice of food.
FREE ENTRY FOR SPECTATORS
Whether it’s your first regatta or you are a returning champion, we aim to make our regatta a friendly place where the competition stays on the water and friends and families can enjoy a weekend by the river.
There will be live music and refreshments throughout the day. Book a table for the Saturday Luncheon. Children’s entertainment includes fairground rides. There will also be a selection of lovely craft stalls. Freshly homemade cakes and sandwiches as well as a BBQ and Pimms at the bar will be on offer. We have both indoor and outdoor seating areas. You are also welcome to bring a picnic- we would appreciate your disposing of your rubbish responsibly, especially plastic waste.
We will be hosting a beer festival on both days. The river is something that we all enjoy and should respect so we are taking steps towards protecting the environment- please remember to recycle your beer cups.
The Mayor of Elmbridge, Mary Sheldon, is coming in the afternoon and will attend ‘The Mayor’s Tea Party’
We also have a car park available to competitors and spectators, with disable access. All-day parking is £4 for spectators and includes a racing programme. There is no charge for competitors.
The poster below is courtesy of the London Transport Museum and dates to the 1920s.
How to get here
All COMPETITORS, BOAT TRAILERS & OFFICIALS VEHICLES: please arrive via SADLERS RIDE KT8 1SU