The Olympic Regatta

My brief for the Olympic Rowing Regatta was not to photograph the crews but to try to get a 'feel' of the event - "The Noise of the Greasepaint and the Smell of the Crowd" as someone once said! First, getting to the venue. It could not have been easier, train to Maidenhead and then bus to Windsor Race Course and immediately I was aware of two things - the number of spectators on the move and the huge support team on British Rail and the buses who were simply brilliant. It was constant happy faces and helpfulness. In Windsor Race Course the welcome continued along the fairly long walk to Dorney, with great facilities along the route and several amazing bridges to take us across the waterways. Then to the 'airport-style security' which the media had told us would be slow and 'nit-picking'. Not a bit of it. The army personnel were thorough, fast and good-humoured and we were through in no time at all. Arriving at the course was a bit bewildering as all my geographical points of reference had disappeared, I couldn't work out where we were and we were swept along by the thousands of spectators. At a 'normal' World Championship there are plenty of opportunities to watch and photograph all sorts of things - at Dorney the crowds were packed and it was difficult to see, let alone photograph, what was going on. A shame because the supporters were there in their thousands and those that I did 'capture' were so enthusiastic! In fact I returned to Dorney on Thursday and Friday and was able to add more photos of wonderful people - and I also managed to get some crew photos from the stands, showing some Great British crews.

Please read the following before you rush to the photos - it will make life easier for you! All the photos are stored on my Cloud Drive, which is available 24/7 without any need to email or any contact. Although it is possible to access my Cloud Drive using a smartphone or an ipad, these will probably be relatively slow - a 'fast' computer is best. When you click on one of the links below you will be taken to a folder called Olympic Regatta and within this are the photos. You will see two ways of viewing the photos, list and icon, icon is probably the best. Depending on your computer, it may be a little while before the thumbnails appear and if you are impatient you could click on The Slideshow where you will see a band of photos plus a larger selected image (low resolution). You can make a note of the images you wish to download. Then go to the thumbnail of an image you would like and then right-click it. You can then click on 'Download'. Depending on your computer, you will then get an option to open or save the image. Your computer's default may be a folder called, suprisingly, 'Downloads'. You would be better to use 'Save As' and put the image(s) into a named folder - Olympic Regatta perhaps? If you have a problem then contact me on

If you wish to use any of these photos in a publication you may do so freely - but I would aks that you add a credit 'Photo by Don Somner'.