Registration start for Euro Masters Regatta postponed to May

Dear Masters,

Rowing clubs around the globe are closed, training is only possible in isolation and the 2020 Olympics have been cancelled – the signs for exciting rowing competitions are not promising. We at Regatta München are constantly re-evaluating the situation caused by the corona virus. We’d love to offer you another great Euro Masters Regatta and are continuing the preparations in the background.

Unfortunately, there are still some major uncertainties, so that we have decided not to start the registration on April 6, 2020 as originally announced. Instead, we will open the MAX online registration system probably from May 1, 2020 at 9 am. The early bird registration phase will be shortened accordingly and will expire as usual on 15 May 2020.

We will continue to monitor developments so that we can make a final decision soon as to whether we can offer the Euro Masters Regatta in July as planned, move it to autumn or have to cancel it altogether for 2020. So check back on the website or our social media channels to keep up to date.

Stay healthy!

Due to coronavirus: International DRV Junior Regatta cancelled

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.

Corona virus: International DRV Junior Regatta in Munich under reserve

Regatta yes or regatta no? The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 presents regatta organizers worldwide with difficult decisions. FISA announced on March 10th that the World Rowing Cups I and II in Sabaudia and Varese as well as the European Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Varese and the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Gavirate will be cancelled without replacement. Regatta München e.V. also puts the health and safety of athletes, coaches, helpers, spectators and all other persons involved in the organization of its regattas first.

In close consultation with the local and state authorities as well as the German Rowing Federation, Regatta München is observing the development of the pandemic and does not rule out the cancellation of the International DRV Junior Regatta (May 9 and 10). Regatta München therefore recommends all clubs and nations to plan their trips in such a way that cancellations are possible.

The State of Bavaria has followed the suggestion of Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn of Germany and has banned events with more than 1,000 people with immediate effect. For events with 500 to 1,000 persons, the Bavarian State Government recommends cancellation, in each case after consultation with the authorities. This measure is initially to remain in force until April 19, 2020 and will then be extended if necessary.

The number of participants at the Junior Regatta falls into the category above 1,000 persons. However, due to the later date of the event, there might be a chance that the event can be held.

“The current development of case numbers and the assessment of the politicians show that an improvement of the situation is not in sight. Therefore, the risk remains that we will have to cancel the regatta”, comments Oliver Bettzieche, Chairman of the Board of Regatta München e.V. “The safety of all participants is very important to us – all the same, we value the athletes’ wish to earn the results of their hard training. For us, this will not be an easy decision. However, the bottom line is that health will always come first.”

The Junior Regatta remains under observation. We expect a decision by the beginning of April. In addition to a complete cancellation, it is also conceivable to hold a regatta with minimized scale. Regatta München e.V. is in exchange with the DRV to explore all possibilities. Pending clarification, the online entry portal for the regatta will not open for the time being.

The decision about the execution of the regatta will be published here as soon as a final evaluation is possible.

The Euro Masters Regatta in July is currently not affected by the current developments and considerations and will go ahead as scheduled.

Breaking News: Starting 2020 – Munich welcomes you every year for Euro Masters Regatta

Good news for the Masters community: From 2020, Regatta Munich will host the Euro Masters Regatta every year at the Olympic regatta course in Munich. This will give all rowers aged 27 and older the chance to check their performance levels before the World Rowing Masters Regatta. In 2020, the Euro Masters will take place in Munich from July 17 to 19, followed by the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Linz from September, 2 to 6.

“The popularity of the Euro Masters Regatta is growing steadily. Of course, we are happy about the increasing demand and respond the Masters rowers’ request to compete regularly on the Olympic regatta course,” says Oliver Bettzieche, President of Regatta München e.V. “To us, it is important to not only offer a high-quality competition from an athlete’s perspective with fair conditions, but also to create a great atmosphere and a relaxed mood. It’s the mix that makes the difference.”

Originally, the Euro Masters Regatta took place every four years when the World Rowing Masters Regatta was held outside Europe. Munich was a centrally located alternative for Masters rowers who cannot or do not want to travel far. With the new annual rotation, Regatta München complements the Masters regatta season and offers a location determination before the most important Masters event of the year.

Special early bird savings: Book your 2020 Euro Masters Regatta seats now

Good news for all rowers on their way to Velence for the World Rowing Masters Regatta: Regatta Munich offers you an exclusive package during the event in Hungary with which you can save money for the 2020 Euro Masters Regatta in Munich.

How does it work?

Come and visit us at the Regatta Munich booth in the exhibitor area of the World Masters!

We have put together packages for you with 5, 10, 20 or 50 seats. With the official start of the early bird phase you will get an additional discount with “Early Max”. 5 seats are available for 110 Euro (instead of 120 Euro early bird fee respectively 130 Euro standard entry fee), 10 for 220 Euro (instead of 240 Euro resp. 260 Euro), 20 for 440 Euro (instead of 480 Euro resp. 520 Euro) and 50 for 1,100 Euro (instead of 1,200 Euro resp. 1,300 Euro). We also have a cool gift for all early birds!

The Early Max offer is only valid from 11 to 15 September 2019 and can only be purchased during the event in Velence. If you are not able to come to Velence, please send us an email to The prerequisite is that your payment for the selected package is received by Regatta Munich by September 21, 2019 and that the person who buys the package will enter the boats by midnight on June 24, 2020.

We are happy to explain further details at our booth. Stop by and see us – for a cup of coffee, a chat, our early bird bargain and a few more surprises!

Regatta München brings European Junior Champs and World Cup to the Olympic regatta course

Two winning bids for FISA events

Regatta München has been awarded two major rowing events: During its annual ordinary congress, the World Rowing Federation FISA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) announced that the Olympic Regatta Course in Munich will be the venue for the European Rowing Junior Championships in 2021 and for the World Rowing Cup II in 2024.

Thus, two out of the four applications the Munich regatta association compiled in honorary work and submitted via the German Rowing Association DRV succeeded in the bidding process. For the European Rowing Junior Championships 2021, Munich prevailed against the French Brive and Sabaudia in Italy. For the World Rowing Cup II 2024, Zagreb was defeated by the Munich application. A total of 21 national rowing federations with 31 regatta courses worldwide had put themselves forward to host 11 FISA regattas scheduled between 2021 and 2024. Among the other German applicants for FISA events, Duisburg was selected for the European Rowing U23 Championships and Brandenburg was considered for the World Rowing Master Regatta 2024.

“We are delighted that our application for the European Rowing Junior Championships 2021 and the World Cup II 2024 has been accepted,” says Oliver Bettzieche, President of Regatta München. “We put blood, sweat and tears into the applications to bring Munich back on the map of FISA regatta venues. In addition to national and international regattas, such an exceptional Olympic regatta course simply needs to host top-class elite sporting events. By awarding the events to Munich, FISA acknowledges that our regatta venue and our team has the potential again to host world-class rowing events.”

Nevertheless, a light disappointment remains: Regatta München had also applied for the World Rowing Masters Regatta 2022 and the World Cup II in 2023. Here Libourne (France) and Varese (Italy) prevailed. “We would have loved to host even more top-class FISA events until 2024”, Oliver Bettzieche said. “We see the FISA decision as a stimulus to continue our commitment. In cooperation with local politics and economy, we have to develop concepts to make the Olympic regatta course attractive while complying with landmark protection so we can put ourselves forward for further tasks in the future. For now, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and focus on the events in 2021 and 2024.”

Update: Assignment of 2021 to 2024 FISA events

Exciting times ahead: The assignment of the 2021 to 2024 FISA events is coming closer. Since the application deadline, the number of bidders has decreased slightly. Below we have listed the regatta locations that are currently still in the race. We as Regatta Munich have applied for the following events:

  • For the European Rowing Junior Championships 2021, Munich is up against the French Brive and the Italian Sabaudia. The fact that both locations – unlike Munich – also applied for the event in subsequent years could have a positive effect on Munich’s bid.
  • In 2022, the European Rowing Championships could take place in Munich. At its recent meeting in Lucerne on the occasion of this year’s European Championships, the European Rowing Confederation had spoken out in favour of Munich. The final decision will be announced prior to September 1, 2019.
  • The Munich application for the World Rowing Masters Regatta 2022 is also still in the books. The challenge here is to prevail against Libourne or Varese.
  • In terms of World Rowing Cups 2023 and 2024, Munich is hoping to get the second regatta of the respective regatta series.

The final decision on the allocation of the events will be announced on Sunday, September 1, for European Rowing respectively on Monday, September 2, after the final races of the World Rowing Championships in Linz for World Rowing.

FISA events 2021 to 2024 and the current location applicants at a glance  

European Rowing Junior Championships

  • 2021 – Brive (FRA), Munich (GER) or Sabaudia (ITA)
  • 2022 – Sabaudia (ITA)
  • 2023 – Brive (FRA) or Minsk (BLR)
  • 2024 – Brive (FRA) or Minsk (BLR)

European Rowing Championships

  • 2021 – Varese (ITA)
  • 2022 – Presumably Munich, final confirmation around September 1, 2019
  • 2023 – Bled (SLO) and Varese (ITA)
  • 2024 – (open)

European Rowing Under 23 Championships

  • 2021 – (open)
  • 2022 – Hazewinkel (BEL)
  • 2023 – Krefeld (GER) or Rostov-on-Don (RUS)
  • 2024 – Duisburg (GER) or Rostov-on-Don (RUS)

For World Rowing events:

2023 World Rowing Cups

  • Stage 1 – Zagreb
  • Stage 2 – Munich, Plovdiv, Varese, Zagreb, Linz-Ottensheim (if granted 2024 WRSU23JCH)
  • Stage 3 – Lucerne, Plovdiv, Linz-Ottensheim (if granted 2024 WRSU23JCH)

2024 World Rowing Cups

  • Stage 1 – Zagreb
  • Stage 2 – Munich, Zagreb
  • Stage 3 – Lucerne

2022 World Rowing Masters Regatta

  • Libourne, Munich or Varese