RSM

 

 

Ray Scotty Morris is not only an internationally renowned photojournalist and successful society photographer in San Francisco, but his career has enriched the lives of many on a wide scale.  He’s been taking pictures for over 50 years and as  a news photographer he won 29 photo awards in just 10 years – local, state and national, including best news picture of the year.     

Scotty has received a Certificate of Commendation from the U.S. Senate along with the distinct honor of being written into the 107th U.S. Congressional Record.

 

 

Rainy Day At Henley

 

 

Well dressed young crowd.Photos and Text by Ray Scotty Morris

Well dressed young crowd.

 

 

The Henley Royal Regatta is a five-day Summer social and rowing event held on the river Thames by the quaint old market town of Henley, just outside of London.  It is undoubtedly, the best-known regatta in the world.   The course is exactly one mile, five hundred yards long.  There are 19 major events.  Rowers and scullers enter from the top universities and clubs worldwide, the most prestigous award being the Challenge Cup for Eights.  This world-class event has been won by Germany 12 times, followed by the USA’s 11 victories.   

 

Young competitor, Andrew Haig, chats with friends.

Young competitor, Andrew Haig, chats with friends.

 

Henley has a strict dress code: men must wear blazers and flannels or suits and ties.  Women wear skirts and dresses that cover the knee and are encouraged to wear hats.  No pants allowed.  

 

Henley Royal Regatta front row seating.

Henley Royal Regatta front row seating.

 

During the event many spectators sail the slow flowing river in pleasure boats, cruisers and punts, slowly drifting by, sipping champagne and enjoying lunch.  HRH Prince Albert became the first Royal Patron in 1851 and every reigning monarch has carried on the tradition.  Many families spend the day at Henley, mingling with the stewards who run and judge the races in their bowler hats, and having lunch and teas on its spacious grounds, watching the races.  Showers and winds are frequent; the umbrellas appear, and rain or shine the races carry on.   

 

Spectators lining the banks of the Thames River.

Spectators lining the banks of the Thames River.

 

 

It is a photographer’s dream.  

 

 

Boat leaves the dock ready for the competition.

Boat leaves the dock ready for the competition.

 

 

Loyal spectators in the stands.

Loyal spectators in the stands.

 

 

Floating car attempting to pass one of the Challenge cup entries.

Floating car attempting to pass one of the Challenge cup entries.

 

 

Walking in the rain to the finish line.

Walking in the rain to the finish line.

 

 

Bowler hatted stewards talk over result.

Bowler hatted stewards talk over result.

 

 

Two boats at the finish line.

Two boats at the finish line.

 

 

Lone Spectator braves out the shower.

Lone Spectator braves out the shower.

 

 

 

 

 





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