Henley Regatta for the Disabled

A day of fun by the river was had by disabled and able bodied people in Henley yesterday at the Henley Regatta for the Disabled.Throughout the day there was a Dragon Boat racing contest. There were a number of teams from schools and care homes competing for the best time over the fixed length course. All the action was commentated by an enthusiastic P.A. man. Some of the teams were in fancy dress.Away from the river I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and live music whilst eating a burger. On the table we shared I met some nice people from Reading, who had come out to see what the event was about as well, as they had not been before either.Boat trips were available which were included in the entrance fee of £4.00. There were a number of different boats available and they were able to cope with people with differing needs. These had to be pre booked and at 1:00 it was my turn. Access to the boat was by a ramp and then hydraulic lift down to the cabin floor. Inside it was very spacious with excellent views of the river. The boat took us for a short taster trip up the river through Henley and back.Parking was excellent as Blue Badge holders had a dedicated car park very close to the entrance.www.regattaforthedisabled.org
www.rivertimeboattrust.org.ukAround the site there were a number of boating related disabled charities giving out information.www.brucetrust.org.uk
www.wheelyboats.org
www.boatability.co.uk 
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