ROWING teams from around the world will descend on Dorney Lake on Saturday for the next big day in the sporting calendar.
The Marlow Regatta, usually a weekend long festival of rowing, will this year be condensed to one day as the Olympic venue is unavailable on Sunday.
The racing format will also see changes, with the first race in each event run as a time trial to determines crews’ seedings for the final.
Regatta Chairman, Peter Blaseby said: "Although the regatta committee are disappointed that they have had to revert to a single day regatta for 2014 due to the unavailability of the venue on Sunday, we are delighted that the entries are so strong.
"Spectators are set for an exciting day of racing across all racing categories.
School crews from Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, Great Marlow School and RGS High Wycombe will be represented, as well as rowing clubs Marlow, Henley and Upper Thames.
Big hitters Leander, Oxford University and Cambridge University will also compete, along with teams from as far away as South Africa.
Founded in 1855, the Marlow Regatta moved to Dorney Lake, the scene of Team GB’s Olympic triumphs, in 2000.
For more on the Regatta, see this week's sport.