Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the committee of Henley Town & Visitors’ Regatta has today decided to cancel the 2020 Regatta, which was scheduled to run on 1st August.
Ian Mills, Honorary General Secretary said, “We have spent the last few weeks exploring various options to run some form of regatta that weekend but have regretfully concluded that this will not be possible. In particular it is clear that social distancing is going to be the way of life for some time, and this has a major impact on our sport and on our event: neither crew-boat racing, nor gatherings of more than a few people are likely to be permissible. It would be irresponsible to risk the health of volunteers, supporters and competitors in this way. This decision has also been guided by advice from the sport’s national governing body, British Rowing.”
By cancelling in good time, the committee have been able to avoid any set-up costs, and are grateful to their regular suppliers and contractors for their understanding in this situation.
This is obviously disappointing news. It means that it’s now unlikely that any rowing regatta will take place on the Henley Reach this year.
For similar reasons, the committee have also been forced to cancel one of their popular social events, the President’s River Cruise. They remain hopeful that it may be possible to hold the Annual Dinner, in a suitable format to maintain social distancing if necessary, at Leander Club in late November.
The Regatta is planned to be back as usual on Saturday 31st July 2021, when the committee look forward to welcoming their many friends and supporters once again.