Sidmouth Regatta 2020 is cancelled due to coronavirus ‘uncertainty’ – with new organising committee sought for next year

Sidmouth Regatta has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis – and its long-standing organisers have called for a new committee to take the helm for 2021.

This summer’s August bank holiday event has been called off over ‘uncertainty’ caused by the ongoing pandemic.

Driving forces behind the tradition of more than three decades signalled their intent to stand down after its 30th anniversary last year.

However, no-one has yet come forward to take over organising the races, fancy-dress, children’s fun and fireworks.

Certainly Keith and I would not be comfortable in asking businesses for support and committing money at this difficult time…

Oliver Salter, of the organising committee, said this week: “Keith Knight and I expressed our wish to step down from organising the regatta after last year’s event and, despite talking to many people, no-one has come forward to take over.

“Since now is the time to commit to ordering fireworks, booking the band, applying for road closures and, more importantly, raising money etc, we feel that, with the uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 virus, the possibility of large gatherings being an issue for the foreseeable future and the lack of an organising body, we feel it is appropriate that the 2020 regatta is cancelled.

“Certainly Keith and I would not be comfortable in asking businesses for support and committing money at this difficult time.

“We have both been involved in organising the regatta along with Adele, who has organised the children’s events, for the past 30 years and we would hope that a new committee could be formed to organise the event for a relaunch in 2021.”

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