National Geographic : 1958 Jul
Rowing in Rhythm, Crews Strain for Lead at the Henley Regatta The Thames-side village held its first races in 1829. Specta tors soon proved a problem. Wrote Charles Dickens in his Dictionary of the Thames: "The river is so inconveniently crowded with steam launches, house boats, skiffs, gigs, punts, dingeys, canoes ... that the racing boats have sometimes the greatest difficulty .... " Now an international classic, the Henley ranks as the world's top competition for amateur oarsmen. Here the umpire's boat follows two four-oar shells. Temple Island (back ground) marks the start of the 1 3-mile upstream course. A kayak threads Sonning Lock near Reading. Prize-winning gardens make Sonning a highlight of any Thames journey. Kodachromnes by Willard Price and (right) National Geograplic Photog ralpher Robert F. Sisson © N.G .S.