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Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta

W&S Regatta

The Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta is the second largest Regatta on the Thames after the Henley Royal Regatta (according to Wikipedia).

There are races for skiffs, punts and canoes. Described by a local resident as the BEST event of the summer.


Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta starts Friday 4th August


That's tomorrow and as the photo gallery on the Home page highlights...it will be lots of fun...best not to miss it!

Article created / last edited: 7 August 2017

Become a Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta Supporter


As you may know we run an annual traditional boats regatta (situated down Mill Lane pass the Lock).  This year we are celebrating our 150th anniversary and are keener than ever to encourage all local people to attend and support.

We charge an entry fee of £10.00 for the whole weekend or £7.00 for the Saturday only.  It is a great day out for the family and you can purchase food, drink and bouncy castle rides in the enclosure.

You can compete by entering different events for details please see our web site.  Entries need to be submitted no later than 11th July.

We have some free taster / training days on 25th June and 9th July.   

There is the opportunity to have paid practice in the two weeks before the event.

We do rely on the support of our community so if you would like to purchase tickets in advance and would consider including a donation, we would encourage you to be a subscriber by completing the application form and hopefully signing the gift aid declaration.

We would love to meet you on the riverbank in August.

G.C. van Zwanenberg


Article created / last edited: 18 June 2017

Late Viewing: Successes at 2016 W&S Regatta


Great weather and lots of competitive racing, combined with good fun, made for another fantastic regatta….and then everyone disappears on holiday! Hence the delay in this article and the photo gallery on the villages' website. No matter, as autumn arrives, it is an opportunity to reflect on a hot summer (relatively) and the Shiplake successes at the regatta…Wargrave did not have it all their own way! Take a look at the photos on the Home page gallery.  Oh, and make sure you have Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of August in your diary for 2017’s event. Visit the Regatta website for more details.

A Few of the Shiplake Winners:

Archie Smith & Olivier Roullier (Single Dinghy Race) - Tom Crook & Holly Verran (Boy & Girl Skiff)

Shiplake & Binfield Heath Crew (Junior Dongola Oarsome) – Ben Doyle (2nd in Swim 1k)

Joanne Gray (Hermon Trophy for Outstanding Sportsmanship) 

Article created / last edited: 10 October 2016

Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta 2016


Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta - more good times. Everyone should have the dates of the regatta, 5th and 6th August, in their calendars!  Free training days have already beeen provided and the regatta practice sessions run from Monday 18th July to Wednesday 3rd August. The Swim will take place, again on Saturday morning, before racing. In addition to the 1000m and 2000m options, we have 'go with the flow' - the opportunity just to swim downstream with the current – which is perfect for those new to open water swimming or prefer a more leisurely approach. So, lots of opportunities for having a good time and still time to get fit for the races. Details of how to enter the Regatta can be found on the Regatta website: www.wsregatta.co.uk.

Article created / last edited: 27 July 2016

Share your Photos of the W&S Regatta


Please send us your photos from the 2015 Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta.  All photos submitted will be displayed on the website.

Submit your photo using this form.

Article created / last edited: 12 August 2015

Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta 2015


This year's Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta takes place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th August and entries for the regatta are now open! Entry form available here.

Never been to the regatta before?

The regatta sees nearly 1000 individual competitors competing in 400 races over two days. The course is short, around 400 yards, down stream. There are events for all ages and abilities who compete in a variety of traditional craft. A list of all the events can be found on the entries website but include punting in canoes, dongoling in a punt and rowing a dingy side by side for the under 12's.

The Regatta holds two free training days at Wargrave Boat Club so you can try out the various boats and get training tips from the experts. This year's training days take place on Sunday 28th June and Sunday 12th July from 2-6pm. Transport is available across the river from the Regatta fields in Shiplake, opposite the Wargrave Boat Club. Come along and get a taste of what Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta is all about, no need to book! In addition, the Regatta provides the opportunity to practice for the various events from Monday 20th July to Wednesday 5th August. These practice sessions see a buzz of activity on the Regatta field on the Shiplake and provide excellent school holiday entertainment. Deatils can be found on the Regatta website

The Regatta also has a scratch dongoling event with crews put together on the Regatta Saturday. Sign up on the Saturday morning and you will be placed in a team with a 4 others of mixed ability and a steerer. You will race alongside other scratch crews on the Saturday afternoon. This event is open to anyone who can swim and is a perfect way to try out the regatta for all ages.

Further information here

We look forward to seeing you at this year's Regatta.

Article created / last edited: 31 May 2015

W&S Regatta ‘Go with the Flow’ Fun Swim

Fun Swim 2014 

The Friendly Local Open Water Swim
Saturday 8th August 2015, 06:30

Want to try Open Water Swimming in a fun and safe environment?  This year’s Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta Swim may be for you as we introduce a ‘Go with the Flow’ fun swim. 

Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta swim has been running for 5 years and has established itself as a friendly swim that encourages participation of all ages and abilities.  It attracts experienced swimmers and those relatively new to open water in equal measure.

This year the swim will add a ‘Go with the Flow’ option for those who want to take things a little bit less seriously!  Participants will walk the upstream portion of the course before entering the water by the railway bridge.  Then it’s up to you - swim 500m downstream at your own pace and just go with the flow!  Flamboyant costumes and outrageous swimming techniques are welcome!

As always, safety is paramount and canoeists from the Wargrave Boat Club will escort participants throughout the swim, aided by spotters on the bank. 

The popular 1,000m & 2,000m options will take place prior to the ‘Go with the Flow’ swim at 6.30 a.m.  The 1,000m course consists of a swim up-stream from just above the George & Dragon Pub to the Railway Bridge and back.  Competitors of the 2,000m swim complete two laps of the same course.  Participants in the standard swim options are welcome to stay and encourage the ‘Go with the Flow’ competitors or even change into something less comfortable and enter into the fun.

All competitors are rewarded with breakfast as they take time to recover from and their early morning exertions. 

Feedback from last year’s event was extremely positive, with participants enjoying the friendly and low key atmosphere surrounding the event.  A number of them were trying open water swimming for the first time and loved the opportunity to take part in a safe and controlled environment.

Once refreshed, swimmers are encouraged to stay for the rest of the day’s events.  They can sign up for the scratch dongola crews straight after or just choose to relax and enjoy the racing from the enclosure.

This year’s swim is kindly sponsored by Twyford’s Haweli Indian Restaurant.  All competitors benefit from a 20% discount on their bill when presenting their competitor’s wrist band.

Places are limited and registration is now open and accessible from the main Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta site www.wsregatta.co.uk.

Article created / last edited: 21 May 2015