Sprint Fest 2020: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers about the upcoming British Rowing Sprint Fest

Why are we running a regatta at the end of October?

Let’s face it, the 2020 season is far from normal and with the whole regatta season knocked out by COVID-19 restrictions, we thought it might just be a bit of fun to give everyone the chance for a bit of side-by-side racing before we go into head racing. Given not everyone may have been able to train throughout the lockdown period , we thought holding the races over 500m would make the event as accessible as possible.

Will the event be affected by local restrictions?

We are confident that we will be able to deliver the Sprint Fest in most situations including local restrictions. Based on the current restrictions announced for the venue area (Rushcliffe Borough Council), we are still able to go ahead. It is worth noting that the recent COVID-Secure Test Competition, Tyne Single Scullers Head went ahead with the encouragement of the local authority shortly after the implementation of local restrictions in the Newcastle area.

Throughout our planning, we will liaise with the National Watersports Centre, local authority and other bodies to ensure that the event is run in an appropriately COVID-Secure manner and will take the decision to proceed, limit or cancel the event in conjunction with these bodies. In the event of a cancellation due to new local or national restrictions, we will endeavour to refund as much of the entry fee as possible.

Are any spectators allowed?

British Rowing discourages any spectating at the competition in light of Government guidelines on social distancing and group sizes and to eliminate any unnecessary risk of transmission. We urge you to carefully consider the decision to attend the event if you are not required to.

There may be some situations that require the attendance of non-competitors at the event, for example, to facilitate competitor transport to and from the event. In these instances, anyone attending the competition must adhere to both the national Government rules of social distancing and any additional local restrictions that apply to the Nottingham area. Non-competitors should remain out of the boating areas unless specifically aiding boating or deboating. Non-competitors should not gather at the start lines, finish lines or designated umpiring/ marshalling posts to give officials space to work in a socially distanced manner.

If Sprint Fest is cancelled, will refunds be available?

Wherever possible, we will do our best to refund as much of entry fees as possible in the case of a cancellation.

There may be some unavoidable costs that can’t be reclaimed, however, we are trying to make arrangements to be as flexible as possible to keep these to a minimum. Throughout the planning process, we will consistently review the situation before committing to fixed costs to ensure they are kept to a minimum.

Why are the entry fees set as they are?

We have tried to keep costs down to a minimum, however, to deliver a COVID-Secure event, there are a number of additional costs beyond organising an event in normal times and we are also required to limit entries to support social distancing. Subject to entries, all competitors will have a time trial and two side by side races for their entry fee.

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