Wide shot Main Building, National Schools Regatta, Dorney Lake, Eton College Rowing Centre, Berks, England, SL4 6QP
Contributor:Tony Smith / Alamy Stock Photo
File size:58.4 MB (1.7 MB Compressed download)
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Dimensions:6957 x 2936 px | 58.9 x 24.9 cm | 23.2 x 9.8 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:18 March 2019
Location:Dorney Lake, Eton College Rowing Centre, off Court Lane, Dorney, Windsor, Berkshire, England,UK, SL4
Dorney Lake (also known as Eton College Rowing Centre, and as Eton Dorney as a 2012 Summer Olympics venue) is a purpose-built rowing lake in England. It is near the village of Dorney, Buckinghamshire, and is around 3 km (2 miles) west of Windsor and Eton, close to the River Thames. The lake is privately owned and financed by Eton College, which spent £17 million developing it. Additional grants, totalling £500,000, were obtained from Sport England, UK Sport, the DCMS and SEEDA in order to build the lake's finish tower. The project was completed in 2006, after 10 years of construction. Although it is primarily for use by the school, the facilities are hired out for rowing, as well as for canoeing, dragon boating, open water swimming and triathlon. Since the lake was opened, a number of annual regattas that were previously held on the River Thames have been transferred to the lake. These include the Marlow Regatta in June, the Metropolitan Regatta in May/June, and the Wallingford Regatta in May. The lake's dimensions follow the FISA rules for a rowing lake suitable for hosting a World Rowing Championship, World Rowing Cup or Olympic regatta: Stillwater, with consistent water conditions 2,200 metres (7,200 ft) straight length for racing 8 rowing lanes, each 13.5 metres (44 ft) wide Minimum water depth of 3.5 metres (11 ft) A return channel allowing boats to move to the start, separated from the main lake by an island