Central London - 29 September 2019
Kayak, Canoe, Paddle board
12 miles or row 14 miles through the heart of london
Iconic & unique experience;
no other boats and stopping the tide
Celebrate the river and the environment through sport
Help raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for amazing charities
Why Regatta London?
Race it or take on a personal challenge. It's you versus the River Thames.
For one amazing day, kayaking, canoeing, rowing and paddle boarding will take over the River Thames to be centre stage in the world's greatest city. This pioneering event will fundraise for great causes, connect sport with the environment and inspire thousands of people from across the country to take up paddle sports.
Two iconic routes are available - The London Crossing (starting near Hammersmith and finishing in Greenwich), and The Big Ben Challenge (looped course from Putney to Big Ben and back). Participants will get a unique experience, thanks to the routine planned closure of the Thames Barrier.
A much-deserved celebration awaits all racers and challengers at the finishes, alongside amazing charities, our partners and the environmental organisations who support Regatta London.
The River Thames, the world famous waterway, will finally fully open up to paddle sport! On Sunday 29 September Regatta London will coincide with the planned test closure of the Thames Barrier, significantly reducing the normal tidal flow of the river. Our two routes (the Big Ben and London Crossing) will take in iconic London landmarks including Battersea Power Station and the Houses of Parliament, and for those on the London Crossing, the London Eye, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. This is a unique chance to take over the River Thames with us as we close the river to all traffic, making Regatta London truly an event like no other.
Regatta London is founded by Tideway, the company building the Thames Tideway Tunnel ‘super sewer’ to help tackle sewage pollution in the River Thames. The 25km tunnel, currently under construction from west to east London, will help protect the river for future generations, protect the wildlife that lives there and improve the conditions for paddlers. Paddlers are the next most closely affected community, often participating on polluted water ways.
The event is a unique opportunity to celebrate improving environmental standards and investment into London's largest natural space. It will set the highest levels of sustainability.
Regatta London has three headline charity partners:
Thames21 empowers communities to fight plastic, pollution and climate change impacts, reconnect with nature and bring London’s rivers back to life; London Youth Rowing provide opportunities for young people from across the Capital to experience the benefits of indoor and on water rowing and Mates in Mind support employers to start the conversation on mental health, challenging the taboo and improving cultures across UK work places.
These charities, along with our other charity partners, enable Regatta London to thrive and help make a difference. Take up the challenge and support one of our many great charity partners which can be found on the charities page.
Select An Activity
Kayak / Canoe
The London Crossing – A 12 mile route from Putney to Greenwich. The race classes are K1 (one person kayak), K2 (two person kayak), K4 (four person kayak) and C2 (two person canoe). To allow the river to re-open, strict cut-off times will be in place. All paddlers need to ensure they have trained sufficiently to meet these cut off times. If you are worried you won’t meet the times by yourself, get a friend to join you in a K2 and share the paddling, but also the amazing memories you will create!
The Big Ben – Your chance to truly challenge yourself and paddle 12 miles on this iconic waterway. A more relaxed experience with less pressure on timings (cut-off times will still apply), this is a looped course from Putney to Big Ben and back.
General Entries Now Closed - places are only available through a charity.
The first Regatta London welcomes eights, coxed fours and coxed quads (fine and stable / explorer shells) in to this 14 mile challenge. Octos and coastal boats are also welcomed, however please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org prior to entering. This event is for everybody, with male, female and mixed (50/50 M/F) race categories. Other versions of mixed boats are possible, but won't be entered in to the race category. The event trophy goes to the first mixed eight crew.
Rowing clubs can apply for a general public place, otherwise please visit the charity page and fundraise for one of our amazing partners. We welcome seniors, masters and 16+ juniors and all crews must be capable of the full distance and have an experienced, stern loader cox.
The London Crossing – For the first Regatta London, this is an invitational race restricted to elite/experienced paddle boarders. If you'd like to be considered for this event please email email@example.com
The Big Ben Challenge is now sold out! If you would like to enter a SUP place, you can still do so for charity. Please visit the charity page to fundraise for one of our amazing partners. This is your chance to truly challenge yourself and paddle 12 miles on this iconic waterway. A more relaxed experience with less pressure on timings (cut off times will still apply), this is a looped course from Putney to Big Ben and back.