Juniors (14-17) £39
Adults (18+) £49
Minimum age 14
THE SELKIE HENLEY CLASSIC is a 2.1 km endurance upstream River Thames swimming event, held over the Henley Royal Regatta course, very early on the Sunday morning before the Wednesday start of Henley Regatta.
This event is a celebration of mid-summer. It provides a unique opportunity to swim one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of open water in the world, at dawn. You arrive at the event in darkness and walk the 1/4 of a mile to the start into the sunrise, led by the torch carrier.
In the 2019 Selkie Henley Classic, elite adult swimmers will be participating in the Performance wave (wave 4). All swimmers that are 17 or under on the day of the race will swim in the Junior wave (wave 1).
Wetsuits are optional for elite swimmers.
The Selkie Henley Classic is hosted at Temple Island Meadows RG9 3DD, which is just one mile from Henley town centre. Parking is available at the event venue.
The course is a unique, straight line, point-to point-swim (ie no turns) and takes advantage of the boomed course of the Henley Royal Regatta. The swim is upstream, the strength of the stream varies from year-to-year, ensuring that no two events are the same.
Parking is available at the venue
Toilets and changing facilities will be provided
Hot & cold drinks & snacks will be available at the main event area
Camping is available in Glebe campsite, with on-site facilities including toilets and showers. This is just a short walk to the main event area and is one mile from Henley town centre. Camping is £17pp and campervans are £22pp when booked in advance, under 12s are free of charge. On the day camping fees will be higher.
The venue will be open on Saturday afternoon from 2pm. Anyone who would like to register for the event early, to save time on the Sunday morning can register between 2pm and 8pm on the Saturday.
Wetsuits hire for 2019 is to be confirmed. Please check back nearer to the event.
A full range of Henley Swim merchandise is available from Selkie Swim Co.
Selkie will be selling event clothing at the Henley Classic, or it can be purchased in advance of the event from their website.
The water temperature at the Classic depends upon both the outside temperature and the quantity of rainfall in the days and weeks running up to the event. It is therefore very difficult to predict.
Based on previous years, at the end of June, we would expect the water to be between 17 and 19 degrees centigrade.