The Henley Classic is a 2.1km upstream point to point swim on the course of the Henley Royal Regatta, taking place at dawn on Sunday 1st July 2018.
This swim is now in its 14th year. It started with two people in 2004, and now attracts hundreds of swimmers, having become established as a must-do event in the open water swimming calendar. There is no other opportunity to swim this course, at this time of day.
Swimming on the Henley Regatta course is a privilege and we are very grateful for the support we receive. In return we have to be clear of the river by 0630 so it is important that you select the correct wave based on your anticipated swim time.
Please remember that it is an upstream swim so be realistic with your time and err on the side of caution – we really don’t want to stop anyone before they complete the course.
0430 WAVE 1 (Sporting & Juniors)
Select this wave if you:
wish to swim at leisure or alongside friends OR
you are a junior swimmer (age 14-17) or are accompanying a junior swimmer(s)
0450 WAVE 2
Select this wave if you comfortably average between 2 mins and 2 mins 30 secs per 100m during a distance swim.
0510 WAVE 3
Select this wave if you comfortably average between 1 min 45 secs and 2 mins per 100m during a distance swim.
0530 WAVE 4 (Performance)
Select this wave if you wish to race hard (likely to be in the top 100 swimmers) and you comfortably average under 1 min 45 secs per 100m during a distance swim.
Wave times are provisional and may be subject to change