VIDEO BY ADAM REIST
The 2020 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta has been canceled.
The event, scheduled for August 2-9, 2020, in St. Catharines, Ontario, was one of the few summer regattas remaining on the North American racing calendar until it was canceled by the Royal Canadian Henley Joint Commission Monday afternoon.
In the 139-year history of the race, it has only been suspended once for a period of three-years during World War I.
Rowing Canada Aviron president, Carol Purcer, wrote in the cancelation release, “the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta is international in its draw and calibre with local support from so many dedicated volunteers. It was a difficult decision to make, but a necessary one for the safety of the athletes as well as the many local volunteers that run this event. While we know it will be disheartening for many of the rowers from around the world, we look forward to reuniting with everyone when it is safe to do so.”