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Project information

Blenheim Palace Junior Regatta

Our Club caters, in the main, for young people from the age of 10 through 18. For those in the age group J10 to J14B there is very little opportunity for competition. The chance arose for us to use the stunning setting at Blenheim to provide a 4 lane 500 meter course for this age group.

June 2019 - June 2019

Charity information: Hinksey Sculling School Ltd.

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  • Need


    The lack of racing opportunites for the very youngest athletes in the sport of rowing and sculling.


    The regatta is specifically aimed at juniors aged J14B and below. The regatta will offer them a chance to compete in a series of 500 metre multi-lane races, an opportunity which is very rare for younger rowers. We will provide a safe environment for grassroots rowing where junior rowers can experience the competitive world of rowing in an idyllic setting. This is the first regatta of its kind in the United Kingdom to give young rowers to compete against their peers in 500 m lane racing.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a first time, unique racing opportunity for our young people.


    » Secure funding for the rent of the site and the required infrastructure to run a properly run event. The set up costs are in the order of £17,000.
    » Secure Funding for the Gold , Silver and Bronze medals required for each event. 225 in total costing around £1500.
    » Secure funding through Advertising in the Regatta Programme.
    » Arrange for our team of volunteers to run the event.

    What success will look like

    By increasing numbers of participants in the competition, gathering feedback from competitors, schools/clubs and volunteers, and ensuring that the event runs smoothly.

  • Impact


    Keeping young people in the sport who otherwise might leave because of a lack of opportunity to compete.


    Bad Weather for which we have cancellation Insurance.


    On our Website and directly as appropriate.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £17,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,600 Site Fee & Infrastructure Hire of site and pontoons
      £8,900 Operating Requirements Layout and staffing

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Scullery £3,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The family home of the Dukes of Marlborough: https://www.blenheimpalace.com/.

    The regatta takes place in the idyllic landscape of Blenheim Palace, designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Participants race along a 500m course on a lake overlooked by the Palace itself, while spectators can watch from the hillside looking out over the lake.




    The athletes and their family members who are drawn from clubs countywide. The sport of rowing in general will benefit from increased retention rates as a result of the provision of competitive opportunities for younger athletes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are one of a number of organisations who are able to demonstrate a use of the Palace Grounds which fits with their requirements. Our unique position as a club that retains a predominant focus on junior rowing and the needs of junior rowers gives us the expertise required to run a successful event that caters to this demographic.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Henry Bullough

    Joint - Chair of the Regatta Committee

    Alice Carrington-Windo

    Joint-Chair of the Regatta Committee