Dragon Boats

Sunday 18th July 2021- Cancelled

It is with much regret and sadness that we have to advise that the 2021 Kingston Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge (scheduled to take place on Sunday 18th July 2021) has been cancelled.

We have continued to closely monitor the Coronavirus pandemic over the past few weeks and whilst the ongoing vaccination programme is progressing well and should be commended, it has nevertheless become increasingly evident (as in 2020) that it is not feasible to run the event again this year.

This has been a very difficult decision to make. However, as our pre-planning for the 2021 event has now reached a critical stage we have no other option than to make the decision now to not continue with the event this year and focus our efforts on the 2022 event.

Despite the Prime Minister’s Speech and the Government’s roadmap to ease Covid-19 Restrictions, the ongoing problem we face is that of uncertainty as to what statutory Covid restrictions will still be in place in July for large scale, high-capacity mass gatherings. The Prime Minister also stressed that he is being driven by data and not dates and therefore the timeline of the roadmap is not guaranteed.

Sadly, the risk is simply too great for us to run this year, it would be an enormous health & safety, operational and financial gamble which we cannot justify. Our priority therefore has to be to safeguard the viability of the event for future years and by not risking running in 2021, this will enable us to return in 2022.

Ultimately, the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, food vendors, funfair operatives, stallholders and and Dragonboat operators is always our primary concern, combined with the effect to the local area, towns, parishes and residents. We are also very conscious of the impact that the event would have on the NHS, Emergency Services, Local Authority and Partner Agencies, and we do not want to unnecessarily stretch their resources any further this year.

We offer our sincere apologies to all involved and we can assure you that we at Kingston Rotary are equally as disheartened and disappointed that for a second consecutive year there will be no event. However, not running the event again this year is the right and responsible thing to do on all counts.

We can reassure everyone that all our efforts will now turn to putting on a fabulous event in 2022 and we’ll be letting you know more about this in due course.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking you all for your continued support of Kingston Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge during these very difficult times. We can assure you that it is very much appreciated.

Please continue to check our website and Facebook site for updates over the next few months as we begin to prepare for 2022.

Keep safe everyone and take care.