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Symbols of British Rowing

Henley Royal Regatta, HRR

HRR is one of the most famous and prestigious competitions in rowing, which is conducted by the town of Henley-on-Thames, a suburb of London, since 1839.  The regatta keeps constant patronage of the royal family since 1851. Races are held in a specific way - the winner is determined by the "side by side with a knockout" system. Starts begin with the 1/8 or 1/16 (depending on level), every day is one round. Up to 16 or (in club class) up to 32 participants are admitted to the race, in case of exceeding the limit organizers conduct qualifying competitions. The race distance is historically defined between Temple Island and Henley Bridge, which is one mile and 550 yards (2112 meters). Traditionally, the marks, on which the time and position of the commands at a distance is registered, are Barrier and Fawley. Races are held against the current. At the final part, the distance is fenced with huge logs, which creates additional problems in the fight for a position on the water. Races are held in 19 categories, among which open classes in the eights, singles, coxless pairs, and fours are the most prestigious. The competitions regularly attract elite level athletes, and for a few days gather the colorful merry crowd of spectators on the banks of the Thames, actively communicating, gulping down drinks, and equally and fiercely supporting all the participants - from Olympic champions to the schoolchildren from a neighboring town.

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

One of the oldest and most famous competitions in rowing. It is conducted since 1829 between the student eights of Oxford and Cambridge universities. Even in comparison with the harsh HRR conditions, it is an extremely difficult challenge for the participants. Distance of 4 miles and 374 yards (6779 m) between Putney and Mortlake up the river, set of harsh conditions in the form of wind, current and cold weather (the race is traditionally held on the last weekend of March), the rules, allowing participants, who confidently got ahead, to put a rival party in a tryout, that makes the rowers to fight furiously for every inch of advantage throughout the race - all this creates a special parameters of the event. But that is what creates such a great prestige and popularity of this race - once in a year, almost all of the population of the United Kingdom is divided roughly in half, supporting one of the universities in their traditional March battle. In the crews of both teams, nearly every season, you can see representatives of the national teams from different countries, who train in the UK. Preparing of the teams for the race is actively covered. On the day of the Boat Race, up to 200 thousand (!) people gather on the banks of the Thames, watching with passion the course of the competition. It can be said with certainty that the Boat Race is extremely suitable for the expression of the national spirit, its preparedness to fight and to win.

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Information on regattas

On June 12, 2015, in the historic center of St. Petersburg on the waters of the Kronverksky Strait, between the Peter and Paul Fortress and Artillery Museum building, the 5rd International Rowing Regatta Golden Blades will take place.

A distance of 200 meters will be laid in the waters of the Kronverksky Strait along the fortress, which will allow participants and visitors enjoy the beautiful views of the sea capital of Russia.




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