Dear athletes, coaches and friends of Regatta München,
the decision has been made: With a heavy heart we have to cancel the International DRV Junior Regatta (May 9th-10th).
In the past few days we have tried everything possible to explore alternatives how we can still let the regatta take place despite the progressive spread of the coronavirus. Initially, events with more than 1,000 participants were officially prohibited until April 19, 2020 in Bavaria. Since yesterday evening, the German government has been urgently recommending that all non-essential events, even with less than 1,000 participants, be cancelled. This morning, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder ordered that events with a minimum of 100 people be cancelled. In addition, we have already received cancellations for the junior regatta from some federations. The circumstances and requirements as well as the feedback from our communication with local and state authorities have now convinced us to completely forgo the Junior Regatta. The decision was made in close consultation with the German Rowing Federation. We want to contribute to getting the coronavirus under control as quickly as possible.
For Regatta München, the safety and health of athletes, coaches, volunteers, spectators and all other persons involved in the organisation of our regattas are always our top priority. There is no reliable information about the further development of the pandemic, but at least at the moment the figures look dramatic. The cancellation is therefore currently the only way to provide optimal protection for everyone involved.
We hope that the situation will soon be defused and that all athletes will still have the chance to compete in a successful 2020 regatta season. Regatta Munich is on stand-by to run the remaining planned 2020 regattas as soon as the authorities give the green light. From today’s point of view, the events in June (South German Canoe Racing Championships) and July (Euro Masters Regatta with Bavarian Rowing Championships) are therefore not affected by the current developments.