The four nations of the British Isles are gathering for the 2016 Home International Regatta, taking place now in Cardiff Bay, Wales. Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales are competing to win the Victor Ludorum – or ‘the winner of the games’- in four categories: Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Men and Junior Women. Last year in Strathclyde, Scotland won the title for senior men and Ireland the Junior Men, while England claimed both the Senior Women and Junior Women’s titles.
The event is now in its 54th year, and has been, for some, the pinnacle of their rowing career. For others – including Sean Drea and Steve Redgrave – it was a first step on the road to World and Olympic Championships. It offers the unique opportunity to watch and engage with top level athletes just weeks before the eyes of the world descend on Rio for the Olympic Games this year.
The course runs from the Penarth end of Barrage to finish at Mermaid Quay, and the open viewing and easy access for spectators means the Home International Regatta at Cardiff Bay is one of the best for showcasing the sport of rowing.