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Blazers and bubbly – a Henley regatta photo essay
Photographer Alicia Canter took to the river Thames for the rowing social event of the year, Henley’s 178-year old royal regatta, and took in the scenes, from the stewards’ enclosure to the fun and frolicks on the water
by Alicia Canter and Matt Fidler
Friday 30 June 2017 08.00 BST Last modified on Friday 30 June 2017 09.06 BST
The Henley regatta is an event synonymous with the English social season, both a competitive rowing event and a chance for the well-heeled to don their blazers and frocks for a spot of traditional summer fun.
The rowing course is just over two kilometres long and straddles Buckinghamshire and Berkshire on either side of the Thames.
Five hundred and seventy-eight crews are entered into the regatta this year. They come from universities, colleges, schools and independent rowing clubs from around the world. Normally more than 100 are from overseas.