Oh no! The London Regatta has been cancelled
BREAKING NEWS: The organisers of Regatta London have cancelled the event after recent storms have affected the quality of the river.
On the website, there’s this notice:
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.
Not taken lightly
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 by Friday 4 October with regards to deferment of places to Regatta London 2020 and / or refunds.
Any good news?
Yes, the Thames Barrier annual full tide test is still going ahead and that’s quite a spectacle in itself.
Saturday morning: More BREAKING NEWS below.
(We’re giving up on the Thames game)
As a result, we may need to cancel Sunday's Annual Test Closure.https://t.co/QOxyljIeWi
— Thames Barrier Alan (@AlanBarrierEA) September 27, 2019
***REGATTA LONDON EVENT THIS SUNDAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED* We're very disappointed to hear this news but understand the reasons. For more details see here: https://t.co/NLK56Rr7Io https://t.co/I0BRVxoOst
— Thames21 (@Thames21) September 27, 2019