The buildings lie close to the Thames, and the school is famous for rowing, sending an eight to the regatta at Henley each year.
It is only since about 1870 that this popularity has grown up. Ten years earlier even rowing-boats were few excepting at Oxford, at Henley in regatta time, and at Putney on the tideway.
Of these Henley Royal Regatta is pre-eminent by the number and importance of the entries, and by its comparative antiquity.
An annual pleasure fair is held on Easter Monday, and a regatta in August or September.
Regatta is a stout, coloured shirt cloth similar in make to a jeanette.
There were in addition several minor contests: the Pyrrhic, or war dance, celebrating the victory of Athena over the giants; the Euandria, whereby a certain number of men, distinguished for height, strength and beauty, were chosen as leaders of the procession; the Lampadedromia, or torch-race; the Naumachia (Regatta), which took place on the last day of the festival.
An annual regatta is held early in August by the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (Svenska Segelsallkapet).
Wik, Heikendorf and Laboe, are resorted to for sea-bathing, and in June of each year a regatta, attended by yachts from all countries, is held.
There was a regatta in the Northwest Arm, in which the boats from the different warships were engaged.