Practice & Training

IMG_1952We highly recommend booking some practice before taking part in Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta events.

The Regatta offers competitors a chance to practice using regatta boats every summer approximately three weeks before the regatta begins. There are practice stations on the Shiplake bank in the enclosure field at the bottom of Mill Lane, and on the Wargrave bank at Wargrave Boat Club.

Practice bookings open on Thursday 14th July 2016, with sessions starting on Monday 18th July. Sessions can be booked via the below numbers (N.B. Phones will not be active until bookings open):

Shiplake Practice: 07795 442461

(Bookings taken between 17.00 and 20.00  from Thursday 14th July 2016 until practice starts and then during practice hours)

Wargrave Practice: 07795 442460

(Bookings taken between 17.00 and 20.00 until practice starts and then during practice hours)

Please read the ARRANGEMENTS FOR PRACTICE for full details.

The Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta is always looking for people to help supervise practice sessions, so if you are interested please email:



IMG_1777As in recent years, WSR will host some training days in the weeks leading up to the Regatta itself. This is a perfect opportunity for complete novices to come along and learn how to skiff, dongle or punt from some of the most experienced and skilled WSR competitors around.

We will be based at the Wargrave Boat Club, and there will be a shuttle ferry available to bring you across from the Shiplake side of the river.

As with the Regatta itself, the training days are built around a fun atmosphere and a have-a-go mentality. So whatever your level of skill, feel free to come down and join in.

We will also (weather depending!) have the barbeque fired up and cold drinks to buy, and we will also have a selection of merchandise from the WSR shop available for purchase.


2016 Training Day dates are: Sunday 26th June & Sunday 9th July from 2pm – 6pm.

To sign up to received our newsletter for training alerts – enter your details in the Newsletter sign-up box on the right hand side of this page.

SPECIAL NOTE for SHIPLAKE:  There will be transport across the river from the Shiplake side – please  park on Mill Lane and walk down because parking will NOT be available in the regatta field.

We look forward to seeing you!