Artificial lake ( rowing regatta course )
The Dorney Lake is an artificial, roughly rectangular lake in the county of Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom, which was created specifically for rowing regattas. It is located near the village of Dorney, in the district of South Bucks near the towns of Eton and Windsor. The lake is in the possession of Eton College, which funded the entire construction cost of 17 million pounds himself and took no tax dollars to complete. Although the lake is mainly used by the rowers of the boarding school, but he is also open to rowers and canoe athletes, dragon boats and for triathlon training.
The lake meets the FISA standards for boat races in the category A: Carbonated water with consistent water conditions, a line of 2000 meters length for hosting races, eight rowing lanes with a width of 13.5 meters, a depth of at least 3.5 meters and a return channel for transport back to the start.
Construction began in 1996, first major event was the Rowing World Cup in May 2005. Since then here other important races such as the Coupe de la Jeunesse 2005 and the World Rowing Championships were held in 2006. 2011 Dorney Lake hosted the Junior World Rowing Championships.
At the Olympic Games in 2012 Dorney Lake was the venue for the competitions in rowing and canoe racing, and at the Paralympics 2012, he was the venue for the competitions in rowing. For temporary bleachers for up to 30,000 spectators were created.