Way enough! (that means ‘stop what you’re doing’ in rowing speak). Did you join in on the Mucky Pheasant fun this weekend? If not, we’ve got the tell-all on the coxswain, rudder and skeg – words otherwise known to steer you in the direction of the Henley Royal Regatta. With a series of up to 90 races a day, on a course one mile and 550 yards long, it’s incomparable to any other British sporting event of the summer. Heck, it’s the best-known regatta in the world.
Top spot was in the Stewards Enclosure – the greatest place to get a hawk’s eye view of the winning boat. But only those well connected (or staked-out the decade-long waiting list) managed to get a seat there. The unsaid competition for the best blazer was rife as garish statement-making stripes in an eye-watering range of colours danced across the banks. And, if rowing chat wasn’t quite your thing, then sitting alongside the excitement of the regatta whilst dipping your toes into the water with a Mucky Pheasant bevvy in hand was the next best (and miles-more-fun) thing. Sunday finished with one champagne too many and plenty of celebrations for the winners of the final event: N.S.R. Oslo, who beat Scotland’s St Andrews Boat Club by one length.