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Madison Regatta officials made tough call

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The decision to cancel the races came on the day when the rain finally stopped and the sun came out. The decision to cancel the races came on the day when the rain finally stopped and the sun came out.

 MADISON, IN (WAVE) - For the first time in 63 years, the Madison Regatta was canceled and will not be rescheduled.

"It's a big disappointment," said Madison resident Annette Smith.

"There was a handful of people little bit angry because we did, most will understand why," said Regatta V.P. Tim Torrance.

The decision to cancel the races came on the day when the rain finally stopped and the sun came out. The reason for the cancellation was all that rain we got this week, kept the swollen Ohio River from receding to acceptable levels. With the high water came concerns such as floating debris on the race course and a lack of space in the pit area.

Despite the races being called off, fans still got to enjoy the Regatta in a different way.

"It's been great because they've had the boats, crews, and drivers, all down here and get up close and personal with those guys and that is something you are never able to do," said Madison resident Diana Wehner.

About 7,000 people showed up Sunday even without racing, compared to 15,000-20,000 which is a normal turnout. Organizers said they couldn't reschedule because drivers had commitments in other cities. Organizers said they did take a hit financially and their attention will be turned to the 2014 race.

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