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robgul

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Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« on: July 04, 2019, 07:09:09 am »
Went to Henley on Thursday, first day, very much an "event" with the people rowing up and down being a minor attraction!   

In the Stewards' Enclosure there's a strict dress code - I wore a suit for only the fourth time in 11 years (previously 2 weddings and a funeral) - I was told that a game existed called Chino Snooker where you tick seeing blokes wearing chinos corresponding the colours of balls in snooker.

I scored a 147  :thumbsup:      Most colours were readily observed but green was a challenge until a light green pair appeared .... and probably enough shades of red for all 15 balls.    AND why do all the chaps wear little caps and blazers that are about 3 sizes too small for them?   

Great day out but not sure that it's "sport"

Rob   

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Re: Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2019, 08:47:09 am »
In fairness those blazers did fit 40 years ago when they bought them. Not sure that snooker, let alone chino snooker, counts as a sport but rowing definitely does.

Re: Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2019, 09:05:57 am »
there are definitely 2 versions of henley, the one on the water is definitely sport, it's the pinnacle of most UK and many global rowers ambitions and then there's the Henley on the banks which is more about the fancy dress and the beer, with Stewards being the absolute peak of both!

You can get your fix on youtube, they're livestreaming it all and the pictures are amazing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQubOmCcgsw

bludger

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Re: Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2019, 09:14:10 am »
http://www.twrc.rowing.org.uk/hrr/index.html

The best guide to hrr is still the Rabbit's, which only has a page about actual racing. It is missing some vital info (such as how to push the boundaries of the stewards dress code - hint, a cravat or silk scarf can be a substitute for a tie...) but still a fun read.

I went and watched a bit yesterday. I have races and whatnot scheduled to clash this weekend but will definitely watch the Sunday highlights.
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Re: Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2019, 09:19:41 am »
Haven't most big sporting occasions – Wimbledon definitely, big horse races, test matches, cup finals – traditionally been as much social events as sports? In France and Belgium this probably includes big cycle races.
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Re: Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2019, 09:21:33 am »
The difference with Henley is that the spectators often have a big involvement with the sport themselves imo. For instance I watched 2 boats of people I used to row with yesterday, so there's a lot more social glue to the event than at e.g. Wimbledon where the likelihood of you being a friend of one of the players is very slim.
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Re: Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2019, 09:26:46 am »
Haven't most big sporting occasions – Wimbledon definitely, big horse races, test matches, cup finals – traditionally been as much social events as sports? In France and Belgium this probably includes big cycle races.

Indeed - but having done most of the "events" like Wimbledon, test matches, British F1 Grand Prix, Cheltenham Gold Cup, polo at Windsor etc  Henley did seem to be even less related to the sport than the others - not a criticism, just a comment - the people-watching was half the fun.    (I was tempted by a cravat or even a bow-tie  :demon: but resisted)

Rob

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Re: Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2019, 10:24:56 am »
Ob-midlands:  Neither.  Henley's about the ice cream.
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Re: Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2019, 11:18:28 am »
I've never been there either as competitor or spectator. Maybe one day as spectator. I don't think I could make a crew that could qualify.

Re: Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2019, 11:26:19 am »
I've never been there either as competitor or spectator. Maybe one day as spectator. I don't think I could make a crew that could qualify.

https://www.henleymastersregatta.org.uk/    ;D

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Re: Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2019, 10:52:06 am »
I attended many Marlow regatta events, pre and post decapitating it by sending the 'competitve' races to Dorney. All as a uniform police officer.

I will never have to go again as I have retired. My experiences have persuaded me that never going again is a good thing.

Royal Ascot was another 'Event' that I had to attend- mainly to make sure Brenda was safe. I won't ever have to go there again either.

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Re: Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2019, 02:13:20 pm »
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Re: Henley Regatta .... is that "sport" or an "event"?
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2019, 02:16:39 pm »
There's a regatta in Birmingham that used to be famous for a mass overnight brawl between the local goon squad and the visiting rowers. Now they hire security for the camping area so the ritual summer nights drunken brawl is an artifact of history.
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