The fourth Regatta for the Disabled was held on the Thames at Henley in perfect summer weather and plans are already under way for next year.

Hailing the success of this year's event regatta chairman Ian Tritton said: "Every regatta is different and this year's was remarkable because of the wonderful atmosphere.

"In addition there were fine performances on the water with some very fast times in the dragon racing."

On show at the regatta was a sailing dinghy adapted for disabled use (above left). And at the show it was announced that Bisham Abbey Sailing & Navigation School aim to start courses under the RYA Sailibility scheme in the Spring.

The school's Roy May said: "We have been aiming to start these courses for some time and boats like this would be ideal." Initially involving sail boats, Mr May would like to start similar courses training disabled people to handle motor boats.

As well as races on the Thames, the passenger boat Rivertime and boats from Hobbs of Henley provided free river trips. There were a range of on-shore activities plus information stands from local charities.

Next year's regatta has been fixed for August 30th and volunteers are needed to help in a variety of roles.

Link to the regatta website is HERE


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