Update on refunds/deferrals:
First of all we’d like to say sorry again for having to make the decision to cancel the first Regatta London. In common with many other sporting events we were impacted by a week of terrible weather. The difficult decision to cancel we took on Friday really hit home as the right one when we stood on the banks of the river at Chiswick, Putney and Greenwich on Sunday morning. Seeing the state of the river after another heavy night of rain, and hearing the confirmation the Thames Barrier wasn’t going to have its test closure as storms rolled through the country, validated our early decision. We’ve been hugely buoyed up by your responses to our proactive decision on social media and the flood of emails supporting our decision, thank you.
We’re still in the process of working through any impact of the cancellation on your entries and will update you as soon we can.
In the meantime, we have announced the provisional date for the Regatta London 2020 event. It will take place on Sunday 20 September 2020 and we will start planning for that soon and we very much hope you still want to take part.
We are enormously grateful for everyone’s support over the past week and we are appreciative of your patience.
The Regatta London Team
Statement for event cancellation:
The organisers of Regatta London have taken the difficult decision to cancel the event planned to take place this Sunday, 29 September 2019. This is due to adverse weather conditions which mean we are unable to safely run the event.
Stormy weather this week has significantly affected the water quality of the River Thames. More storms are forecast which will further impact the water quality, cause high winds during the event and potentially require an operational closure of the Thames Barrier which would prevent the planned test closure from happening on the morning of the event.
This is not an action that we have taken lightly. We have explored all options and consulted with our independent safety experts, the Port of London Authority, The Environment Agency and Thames Water, and we have no option but to cancel the event. We share the disappointment of all those involved, but the health and safety of our event participants and our team must be our main priority.
We will contact all participants who bought public places by Friday 4 October with regards to any deferment of places to Regatta London 2020 and / or refunds.
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