So last night (post here) was messy but at least we all made it back to the camp site.

Henley Royal Regatta

I got up in the morning to a glorious day – the sun was shining, it was actually warm and there was a slight breeze in the air – another perfect day for a bit of rowing.

I am not the biggest fan of camping – I would prefer a good comfy bed anyway but this camp site was actually spot on – it had hot showers and everything!

We got ready and headed out for a hangover cure – a full English in one of the local pubs in town. This was exactly what we needed to wake us up.

Henley Royal Regatta

Breakfast done, we headed over to the Stewards’ Enclosure again for some more rowing.

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

We decided that day 2 was going to be all about the rowing so with that in mind, we grabbed one of the stools by the finish line and watched a few races.

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

The event that we were all looking forward to was the UCL vs Harvard race in the Prince Albert Challenge Club.

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Unfortunately UCL lost to our American friends.

Henley Royal Regatta

Which was our cue to go explore the enclosures.

We walked past the British Imperial Military band as they played ‘Dancing Queen’ to go look at all the trophies.

Henley Royal Regatta

It was fascinating seeing all the sterling silver trophies in the Trophy Room – most of them are taller than an average 8 year old child!

But my favourite display was the member badges. Every year members of the Stewards are issued an enamelled membership badge that changes every year. This collection on display had badges dated back t0 1921!

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

We walked over to the competitors tent where the Gloriana was anchored.

Henley Royal Regatta

Isn’t she a beauty?

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

The Gloriana is a 94ft royal barge commissioned as a tribute to the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee.

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

We decided that we had done enough exploring for the day and headed back to the enclosure for a bit of lunch by the river.

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

With lots of Pimm’s!

Henley Royal Regatta

Turns out we were not the only ones who got out a picnic.

Henley Royal Regatta

This takes picnicking to an all new level – They even had a floating garden! I am so doing this next year.

Henley Royal Regatta

Or I might just skip the lunch and stick to a liquid diet like this guy. 🙂

Henley Royal Regatta

Lunch done, it was time for the races.

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

We watched Manchester University row against Cornell University in the Temple Challenge Cup.

Henley Royal Regatta

And spent the rest of the afternoon lazing around watching the races

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Before it was time to make the horrendous commute back up to Manchester.

The Regatta was just as fun as I thought it was going to be –  good company, glorious weather and lots of rowing! See you there next year?