2018 SilverSkiff Trophy
SilverSkiff 2018 was cancelled due to a flood of the river Po, caused by the bad weather that put into trouble all of Italy. The decision of annul the KinderSkiff was almost immediately. The river condition, also improvements, were impossible for the children and the para rowers. The decision to cancel the SilverSKiff had been considered during the following days, hoping in a weather improvement but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Many foreign guests were already in Turin and we wanted to avoid the sorrow to make all the 700 participants give up on it.
First, we decided to cut the regatta short and make it of 6,5 kilometers. Then, sharing the difficulty on social media, which were obvious due to the river’s condition, we took time examining the weather forecast and the river’s condition. On Friday the contest judges made another boat ride of the path and with remorse we reached a conclusion that it was too dangerous.
During the last few days, in fact, a huge number of tee-trunks created a sort of islands near the bridges. It was evident a strong flow and different eddies. “We are a regatta dedicated to athletes, champions but also and mostly many masters – explained Umberto Dentis – not everyone has the same rowing skills, so it wasn’t possible to think of a regatta with those river’s conditions.
Who rows since ages knows that behind this big competitions, especially dedicated to masters, there is a committee of volunteers and they spend all of their time to create unique sporting events, this is the same for Canottieri Cerea, that in fact realized an afternoon dedicated to the children with a competition on rowing machines with great champions and on Sunday they made available for everyone the rowing machines and they gave polenta with sausages.
We tried to meet our guests’ needs halfway, it’s sad to come up with a plan B and to give up on a regatta that we’ve been planning for almost a year in every detail, but the river’s condition made us choose the safety of our athletes over the regatta. And now we’re starting to plan the next regatta. Thanks to all the people who stood by our side, because the secret of all these competitions, devoted to all the rowing lovers, is being a team and helping each other during difficulties.