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Bournemouth Regatta, 2019.

It is with deep regret and sadness that Bournemouth Rowing Club has taken the decision to cancel its regatta scheduled for Saturday 6th July, 2019 and they apologise sincerely for the inconvenience this will cause to Hants & Dorset ARA, and to affiliated clubs and crews. The decision has not been taken lightly, and they have assured us that they had every intention of making a success of our regatta this year. However, a number of issues, some of which were alluded to by David Soan at the recent Hants & Dorset ARA AGM on 30th March, have forced them into this unwanted position. These include the loss of committee members and even further diminishing membership. This lack of personnel, experience and the complications that go with hosting a regatta on Bournemouth seafront have meant that we are unable to safely run the event and have had no choice but to cancel. 

Poole Rowing Club, have, as they did last year, offered to stage the Bournemouth Regatta on Bournemouth Rowing Clubs behalf at their Hamworthy Park location but unfortunately the Park is not available on the 6th July and they have checked the tides for all the other free dates and none of these are suitable and so they are not going to be able to run the Regatta from Poole this year.  

As a result there would seem to be little choice but to abandon any attempt to stage a Bournemouth Regatta in 2019 - hopefully it will return in 2020.


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