Henley Royal Regatta (HRR) is probably the focus of most rowing clubs' season. Representing their club at this prestigious event is often the pinnacle of most club rowers' career. It is also a chance to socialise and swank around in pink trousers, lairy blazers, posh frocks and big hats.
See "A Day at Henley Royal Regatta".
Cygnet is in the very fortunate position of having very good friends who, not only own a house halfway down the course but are also very generous in inviting club members and friends to join them at this most exclusive of enclosures for the Friday of Regatta – as long as we remain on our best behaviour of course. The invitation is open from about midday to after racing at about 6.00pm, where guests should tidy-up and repair to the towpath with any leftover booze and snacks.
Attendees are expected to bring their own drinks but a large communal picnic is usually co-ordinated but the secretary. It is a very relaxed afternoon chatting, eating, drinking, people watching and for the truly dedicated, even watching some rowing! If you're lucky The Chairman won't make a speech.