The Euro Masters Regatta 2020 is a special one – in many ways: the first and probably only regatta of the year at the Olympic regatta course, due to Corona with completely new rules and at an unusual late late October. Naturally, the Masters community has many open questions, which we want to answer as good as possible. You will find Q&As on our social media handle and here on the website.
Current questions cover the following areas:
The German authorities announced on 17 June that the Corona-related ban on major events will be extended until 31 October. What does that mean for the 2020 Euro Masters Regatta?
The current ban for major events that was supposed to lift after 31 August included any event with over 1,000 participants. The new ban allows exceptions if the Corona-related hygiene rules can be complied to and possible infection chains can be traced. We will ensure our regatta concept will encompass this and and obtain official approval to run the regatta.
However, it is still possible that the event has to be cancelled due to a second wave or similar developments. But we remain as optimistic as before the new decision.
Why did you choose the same date for the 2020 Euro Masters Regatta as Sevilla International Rowing Masters Regatta?
We have carefully considered all possible options for the 2020 Euro Masters Regatta. As the Munich venue is busy with other events on all other dates in early to mid October, we didn’t have any choice beside the weekend in question. Picking an earlier date was not an option as federal and local authorities told us that September is too early to schedule such an event considering the impact of Corona. Likewise, any later dates in November would not work for a large event due to weather constraints including cool temperatures, rain or even snow and fog.
We simply had the choice to either use the time period of Oct 15 to 18 or not to have any regatta in Germany in 2020. Considering the effects oft he Corona pandemic, we believe that not too many people are willing to travel far across Europe. So it is good to have two different regattas for Masters in Europe.
If it doesn’t work out in 2020, when is the next Euro Masters Regatta in Munich?
At the moment our plans are not yet finished, but we expect that Corona will soon be kept in check and that the Euro Masters Regatta will take place normally and annually again.
Will the regatta extend over three or four days? And which races happen on which day?
To cut a long story short: As of today, we can’t make a final decision re the overall regatta timing. We are facing three challenges with the 2020 Euro Masters Regatta happening later than usual this year and – obviously – Corona-related constraints:
- First, it’s difficult to estimate the number of participants.
- The days in October are much shorter than in July.
- We don’t know yet how much time is needed between races to comply with then effective Corona-related safety and hygiene standards
So the distribution of the races will be determined right after the registration deadline when the number of participants is set and we have more insights in required hygiene measures. Therefore, it is possible that the regatta will actually last four days if the number of participants is high. Otherwise it will probably be three days. Depending on the number of days, the distribution of the races will be worked on. However, the order of the races will not change.
In the run-up to the event, there was talk of Trophy races and the abandonment of mixed races. In the new announcement, however, instead of Trophy races mixed races are listed. Has there been a final decision what kind of races will happen?
By popular demand, we have decided to list mixed races and will therefore not include Trophy races this year. At the moment, the races are not divided into days yet in order to remain flexible considering typical October days with less daylight.
Why is camping not an option this year?
Hygiene requirements do not allow camping this year. We also assume that the showers are not released for use. Besides, it is already quite cold at night in the middle of October. Therefore camping will not be an option. But caravans with their own showers are fine! We have also received questions about accommodation above the boathouses. These have not been available for some years and will not be offered again.