National Geographic : 1939 Feb
© National Geographic Society Finlay Photograph byB.Anthony Stewart MENTION "HENLEY" AND ROWING COMES INSTANTLY TO MIND For one week in June this sleepy little Thames-side village comes vividly to life as thousands gather forthe famed Henley Royal Regatta (Plate VIII). Founded in 1839, it is the premier amateur rowing event of the world. The contest is held on a stretch ofriver 15/6miles inlength, thedistance being determined by the longest straight stretch in this part of the river. At the regatta, unlike the bumping races atOxford, shells row side byside (Plate V).