COVID: 2021 Henley Royal Regatta Postponed

The Committee of Management of Henley Royal Regatta said it is now looking to potentially hold the event in August.

The 2021 Henley Royal Regatta has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which features the UK Armed Forces team in the King's Cup, was set to be held from 29 June to 4 July.

In a statement on its website, the Committee of Management of Henley Royal Regatta revealed it was to be delayed to a future date yet to be announced, potentially in August.

The statement read: "As a result of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee of Management of Henley Royal Regatta has reluctantly concluded that the 2021 Regatta cannot now be held from 29 June to 4 July at Henley-on-Thames as originally planned.

"However, the Committee has decided against outright cancellation at this stage, and is instead exploring the potential to stage the Regatta in August, in Henley should conditions allow, or if not, at Dorney Lake. 

"It has become increasingly apparent that we cannot start the installation of the course and the construction of the site in March with a reasonable expectation that it will be possible to stage a Regatta starting on 29 June." 

The statement continued: "Our highest concerns will remain the health and safety of all those involved in the staging and running of the Regatta, wider public health, and the Regatta’s role in society’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

"The possibility therefore remains that the 2021 Regatta may ultimately be cancelled.  

"Nonetheless, for now, the Committee is actively engaged in the evaluation of two principal scenarios: a Regatta at Henley from Tuesday 10 August to Sunday 15 August, or alternatively, given the exceptional circumstances, a Regatta at Dorney Lake at dates in August to be determined."   

Cover image: Henley Royal Regatta in 2019 (Picture: Henley Royal Regatta).