Regatta München to bring elite rowing events back to Olympic Regatta Course

Regatta München e.V. has big plans: Together with the state capital Munich, the Regatta Association of the Munich metropolitan region intends to bring four major rowing events to the Olympic regatta course in Munich-Oberschleissheim between 2021 to 2024, thus renewing Munich’s claim as an internationally recognised regatta location. And Regatta München has completed and submitted the necessary prep work: The event bidding deadline set by FISA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) expired on 15 April. Today, the world rowing federation announced which applicants will be considered for the further application phase. Munich holds out hope of hosting the European Rowing Junior Championships 2021, the World Rowing Masters Regatta 2022 and the World Rowing Cup (WRC) Series 2023 and 2024.

„The last World Rowing Event Munich hosted was the World Rowing Cup 2012. With our applications, we are signaling how serious we are about the regatta operations at the Olympic Regatta Course. As much as we enjoyed organising the previous regattas: International elite events attended by top-class rowers are what’s called for on a regular basis at the course,“ says Oliver Bettzieche, CEO of Regatta München e.V. „Almost 50 years after the 1972 Olympic Games, it’s time to be bold again and to strive for more more. Despite its age, the course is definitely still up for the task. Both FISA and the international rowing community appreciate the fair conditions on the course. If we were successful with our applications, this should be the necessary impulse for the state capital Munich to push ahead with and successfully complete the renovation project in compliance with monument protection.“

The four applications Regatta München has compiled in honorary capacity and submitted via the German Rowing Association Deutscher Ruderverband (DRV), are subject to tough international competition. A total of 21 national rowing associations put 31 regatta courses around the globe forward for the eleven FISA regattas scheduled between 2021 and 2024. In addition to Munich, DRV has also fielded Brandenburg, Duisburg, Hamburg and Krefeld. While the German applications are complementary, Munich competes with other locations for each event.

Für die European Rowing Junior Championships 2021 interessieren sich neben München das französische Brive und Sabaudia in Italien. Die World Rowing Masters Regatta 2022 hätten auch gern die Schweden in Hjelmsjö, die Franzosen in Libourne, die Italiener in Varese oder die Südafrikaner in Pretoria zu Gast. Bei der dreiteiligen WRC-Serie läuft die Münchener Bewerbung jeweils für die zweite und dritte Regatta in 2023 und 2024. Mitbewerber um den WRC 2 sind Plovdiv in Bulgarien, Varese und das kroatische Zagreb im Jahr 2023; 2024 gibt es einen Zweikampf mit Zagreb.

Besides Munich, Brive (France) and Sabaudia (Italy) are interested in the European Rowing Junior Championships 2021. The World Rowing Masters Regatta 2022 could also go to Hjelmsjö (Sweden), Libourne (France), Varese (Italy) or Pretoria (South Africa). In the three-part WRC series, the Munich application is aimed at the second or third regatta in 2023 and 2024 respectively. Competitors for WRC 2 in 2023 are Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Varese and Zagreb (Croatia); in 2024, it’s a duel with Zagreb. Linz-Ottensheim, Lucerne and Plovdiv will compete for WRC 3 in 2023. In 2024, Munich will be in direct competition with Lucerne.

All applicants now have time until June 30, 2019 to complete their bidding documents in consultation with FISA’s event team. Securing sufficient funding will be crucial: „With the help of dedicated volunteers, Regatta Munich has the ideas, the know-how and the motivation to organize professional regattas with high standards. However, as a non-profit association, what we do not have is the corresponding budget,“ says Oliver Bettzieche. „A sport such as rowing depends on sponsorship money and support from public budgets. This will be a huge challenge.”

Final decisions which event will go to which location will be announced in September 2019. FISA created the complex procedure for awarding events in 2017 to enable long-term strategic planning for regatta organisers.