Regatta London – a new event on 29th September 2019

A message from the organisers of Regatta London:

Regatta London a new event on 29th September 2019 – an event to celebrate and race on the Thames through central London!  Regatta London is taking over the river on 29th September to put paddle sport on the big stage; with a fully closed river, during a barrier closure.  Join them to take over the Thames and bring the spirit of paddle racing to this most iconic stretch of water.

What does paddle sport miss that running and cycling have had for decades?  A central London mass participation event.  An event that brings together the whole range of people from elite racers to weekend warriors, junior (16+) to master/veteran.   Regatta London is being built to sit alongside the major London sports events, and bring paddle sports to the country and inspire like never before.

This hugely iconic stretch of water will be taken over to host Regatta London, with a full river closure on the day the Thames Barrier is closed, the conditions will be unique, and the experience should be remarkable.  With the sense of occasion that will come with the finish village at Greenwich Naval College, we’ll be able to shout about, and celebrate, the great communities within paddle sport.

There will be two 12 mile courses, the London Crossing (Putney to Greenwich), and the Big Ben (a looped course from Putney to Westminster and back). The Big Ben is aimed at the touring boats, while the London Crossing is the race event.  There is only one inaugural Regatta London, and they can’t wait to see who’ll be sitting on the top spot ( kayaks, rowing or paddleboard ) after the 19 bridges of Central London.  With chip timing, end to end safety cover, and a welcome home for champions and challengers, this event aspires to new levels.

Imagine what paddle sports can achieve with this platform.  Imagine if we had a major Central London paddlesport event!  This is Regatta London.

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