Regatta Update: January – March 2021

Dear Schools and Clubs,

 

Following the Rowing SA Board meeting last night I can provide an update regarding the anticipated operations for regattas in early 2021.

 

In making these decisions, the Board considered several items to ensure the safety of our community. These included:

  • uncertainty of future restrictions
  • need for compliance
  • ability to control numbers at our regatta venues
  • resources available
    • when applying for a COVID Management Plan we need fencing, cleaners, method to count numbers in our event area at all times and additional volunteers
    • a regatta at West Lakes with a COVID Management Plan is expected to cost approximately $15,000 + additional staff/volunteers per regatta

 

Rowing SA is aware that clubs apply to host regattas for fundraising purposes and we encourage clubs to think broadly in how this can continue. Rowing SA will endeavor to live stream all regattas in February and March. We see this as a great opportunity for host clubs to attract sponsors where they can be featured throughout the streaming. E.g. live cross/interviews in a sponsors vehicle, or logos appearing on screen.

 

Please refer to the below summary regarding upcoming regattas (up until and including the West Lakes regatta on 13 March 2020):

 

Regatta Spectators Live streaming
Saturday 16 January – West Lakes No spectators allowed. RSA to recommend advantage points and guidelines for spectators at various locations around the lake.

 

No
Saturday 30 January – Murray Bridge COVID Management plan, seeking an extension to 2,000 people to allow all spectators to attend.

 

No
Saturday 6 February – West Lakes SPS#2

and

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 February – West lakes State Champs

No spectators allowed as athletes, coach, essential staff numbers (to be specified before each regatta), even with breaks throughout the schedule will be close to our maximum number allowable on site (without a COVID Management Plan). RSA to recommend advantage points and guidelines for spectators at various locations around the lake. Live streaming has been organised
Saturday 13 February – West Lakes

and

Saturday 20 February – West Lakes SPS#3

and

Saturday 6 March – West Lakes SPS#4

and

Saturday 13 march – West Lakes

No spectators allowed as athletes, coach, essential staff numbers (to be specified before each regatta), even with breaks throughout the schedule will be close to our maximum number allowable on site (without a COVID Management Plan). RSA to recommend advantage points and guidelines for spectators at various locations around the lake. Live streaming to be investigated.

 

 

We will continually monitor Government advice and guidelines, and will provide updates as required. Our focus is to give our members the opportunity to compete and these measures will allow racing to continue in 2021.

 

This will be my last correspondence to you all for 2020. Have a Merry Christmas and we’ll see you all in 2021.

 

Regards,

Andrew Swift

Chief Executive Officer

Rowing South Australia Inc