WHAT IS REGATTA LONDON?
Regatta London is the UK’s first mass participation paddle sports event, created to raise significant funds for UK charities and to celebrate the environment. With the closure of the Thames Barrier on 29 September 2019, Regatta London will offer a unique experience for participants to row, kayak canoe or SUP (stand up paddle board) twelve miles through the heart of London, with no tide and no other non-racing boats.
WHY TAKE PART?
For one amazing day, Rowing, Kayak Canoe and SUP will take over the River Thames to be centre stage in the world’s greatest city. This pioneering event will be a significant fundraiser, with London and UK charities set to benefit from the hundreds of thousands of pounds that the event will raise, whilst also inspiring thousands of people from across the country to take up paddle sports.
With Regatta London taking place on the day that the Thames Barrier closes, this is truly a unique event that cannot be replicated. In addition to stopping the tide, the river closure creates a safer environment with no other non-racing boats.
On the various routes you will be able to enjoy all the action on the water, with a backdrop of some of the city’s most recognisable and iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, The London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard, Tower Bridge and Greenwich Naval College.
Race it or take part as a personal challenge, it will be you vs the River Thames!
WHEN IS REGATTA LONDON?
- Sunday 29 September 2019, the day the Thames Barrier is closed.
WHERE IS IT TAKING PLACE?
- The start location will be determined by the challenge, with rowing starting near Hammersmith and kayak canoe and SUP starting in Putney. The finish is in Greenwich, except for Big Ben participants who will finish in Putney after turning back at Westminster.
HOW CAN I TAKE PART?
You can take Regatta London in the following ways:
|Challenge||Vessel||Number of people|
|Rowing||Eights||8 rowers plus an experienced cox|
|Kayak Canoe||K1||1 person|
- Rowing will start at Hammersmith and finish in Greenwich. The rowing route is 14 miles
- For Kayak and SUP we have two courses to choose
- The London Crossing – 12 miles, paddling from Putney to Greenwich
- The Big Ben – 12 mile looped course from Putney to Big Ben and back
- Why two routes?:
- The London Crossing (Putney to Greenwich) requires higher competency levels due to strict cut off times. Places are limited for experienced kayakers and paddle boarders.
- The Big Ben (Putney 6 miles to Westminster and return 6 miles back to Putney) is the same distance as the London Crossing and still takes participants to the heart of London. This offers a more relaxed experience with less pressure on timings and is open to all. If you are interested in taking part on a tandem or team (4-person) SUP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both routes are a great event for anyone who is up for the challenge to paddle 12 miles in central London.
ARE THERE CUT OFF TIMES?
Please note that cut off times will be in place in order to re-open the central part of the River Thames to traffic – these will be pre communicated to participants. Anyone not meeting these cut off times will be diverted on to the Big Ben route ie turned around at Westminster to return to their start location. It is really important to us that participants have the opportunity to complete their 12 mile challenge, so the Big Ben allows this to happen and for participants to take in some of London’s most iconic landmarks, whilst also ensuring we are able to operate within our agreed event timings.
HOW DO I ENTER?
Please visit https://regatta.london/ to register your interest for the event.