HURLEY REGATTA started life in 1973. It was the brainchild of a group of enthusiastic villagers as a means to raise money for Hurley Tennis Club. That first toe in the water comprised a few hard fought races on the river and a
considerable amount of liquid celebration on land…………..Little could those
intrepid few have guessed what they were starting as year on year the Regatta grew into one of the most popular and
fun days to be had in the Thames’ busy summer schedule. It is credit to those pioneers that two of them are still
on the current committee and are still known to participate when time allows. Since those early days all surplus money
raised has been given to a wide variety of local charities now totalling more than £69,000.
The Regatta is held on the third Saturday in August and with only rare exceptions has always had glorious summer weather.
It now attracts approximately 1500 people about 150 of whom are brave enough to take to the water. The rest are there to enjoy the races, offer their support, join in the land based events, relax with a bottle and barbeque and generally have a great day. There are activities for the young and the young at heart.
The Regatta now owns a dragon boat, several canoes, dinghies and punts and the races range from the deadly serious to the ludicrously silly, some require engineering skills and some test sartorial elegance! All are fought with good humour.
For the Silver Jubilee Regatta in 1997 it was decided to continue the entertainment into the evening with live music under a large marquee. In the event so many people stayed that the field was full of happy revellers enjoying an evening of riverside music. This addition to the Regatta proved so popular that it is now firmly part of the annual event and in fact brings in many extra people just for the evening.