Cancellation of the 2020 Metropolitan Regatta
The committee of the Metropolitan Amateur Regatta is sad to announce that due to the disruption, restrictions and global uncertainty created by the Coronavirus pandemic the 2020 event is cancelled.
The Regatta has run continually since 1866 pausing only for the First and Second world Wars and canceling twice due to weather. To ensure the committee’s ability to run the regatta for many years to come, we have taken this difficult decision early and before the event had made any significant expenditure.
The predicted dates for the next regatta are the 5th and 6th of June 2021.
The Regatta committee wishes all clubs and their members good health and a safe return to the water when possible.
*** Notes on the draw and how the MET uses the Ranking Index (RI) ***
In accordance with the National Competition Framework, the Regatta uses British Rowing’s Personal Ranking Index system, and bands entries into tiers based on the ranking index of the crews. Following a review of our application of the Ranking Index data in setting tiers for the 2017 and 2018 events, the Committee continues to consider that the fairest way to rank crews is using CRI Max. The use of CRI Max allows us to compare crews who have raced at a greater or fewer number of events over the last season on an equal footing. In some cases, where a crew’s racing experience is predominantly head races we accept that CRI Max may not necessarily be a good indicator. In these circumstances, it is the responsibility of the club making the entry to include sufficient information in BROE to assist us in ensuring their crews are allocated to a tier that reflects their ability/speed before the draw takes place.
We will always facilitate a crew “racing up”, where space in the draw allows, however it is only in very exceptional circumstances that we would be able to allow a crew to “race down” once the draw has taken place and in those circumstances, it is likely that the crew would race for time only. The Committee reiterates that it is the responsibility of the club making the entry to review the ranking index of their crews at the time of entry, and where they feel the CRI Max is not indicative of the crew’s speed to provide sufficient information in BROE to assist us in allocating their crew to an appropriate tier – such information must be received before the draw takes place.
The committee wishes all competitors luck racing at the Metropolitan Regatta.