For the uninitiated rowing regattas are short distance match races which take place during the summer months. The distance raced varies between events, from 500m sprints to the International standard of 2000m.
The regatta season in the UK is generally between April and August there are events all over the country. Regattas take place on various types of water including rivers, reservoirs, canals, docks and purpose–built rowing lakes. At some events you will only race side–by–side with one other crew and at the other end of the spectrum, you might find yourself racing eight boats abreast down a multi–lane course.
Racing is divided into different categories depending on your experience and you will only race crews of a similar standard. There is currently a points system in place which means that you progress up through the categories if you win your event.
For most club rowers the pinnacle is to qualify for racing at Henley Royal Regatta. This takes place at the start of July and the racing season for most clubs is generally structured around it.
Occasionally winners may receive a medal but generally in rowing, the winning crew members each get a 'pot' to celebrate their success. This pot is inevitably a pewter tankard (occasionally glass or earthenware), engraved with the regatta logo and is perfect for drinking a celebratory beer out of!