Thames Traditional Boat Rally cancelled due to Henley flooding

Waterlogging from the winter’s flooding has led organisers to call off the annual event

Organisers of the Thames Traditional Boat Rally have admitted defeat, with waterlogging at Henley putting paid to the annual event.

Following the wettest winter for more than 60 years, the site at Hawley Meadows has been deemed unsuitable for the rally that was scheduled for 19-20 July.

This difficult decision has coincided with the resignation of the group’s chairman and president, leaving the future of the event in doubt.

An annual meeting of Rampart motorboats had been planned to coincide with the event, which was also due to feature a number of wartime vessels.

Tony Goodhead, chairman of TTBR, said: “A new organising committee needs to be established if the rally is to continue. No one has stepped up to the plate during the past few years of asking.”

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TTBR is not the only such event to fall foul of the poor winter conditions, with Goring and Streatley Regatta having already been called off.

At the time of writing, the Henley Royal Regatta (2-6 July) is scheduled to go ahead as planned.