Pensacola Coastal Rowing held the first Coastal Learn to Row on 18 April at Portofino Island Resort. Over 50 participants put the Leo Coastal and AviRow boats to the test. Photos from the event can be seen on the News page
The premier USRowing sanctioned Coastal Rowing Event in the United States will be held on Pensacola Beach, Florida, located gulf side in October 2015. This event features "open class" races as well as a traditional FISA open water 4k to 6k event. FISA racers, coaches and event staff from around the world are expected to participate. Pensacola Coastal Rowing will be advertising this summer to register participants into the "open class" event following the FISA competition. For more information: contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coastal rowing is the extreme version - the adventure side of rowing which involves rowing along a coast and venturing out into the sea making it one of the fastest growing communities of rowers. Coastal Rowing is especially popular in Italy, France and Great Britain to name a few. It can be found in all corners of the world including the Maldives and many parts of Africa. Coastal rowing boats are also used inland on some lakes and rivers where the water tends not to be flat. Rowing on rough water means coastal rowing is quite different from the flat-water "Olympic-style" of going in a straight line. Many coastal rowers prefer rough water which adds a whole new dimension to the sport and consider rowing in extreme conditions an exhilarating aspect.
Olympic rower Lassi Karonen (SWE) rowed at the 2013 World Rowing Coastal Championships and described the feeling as such, “The similarity (with flat-water rowing) is the movement of the stroke, everything else is different.”
Coastal rowing is easier to learn than flat-water rowing, due partly to the stability and robustness of coastal rowing equipment which differs from the "Olympic-style" boats. The standard boats are singles (or solo), doubles and coxed quadruple sculls. But just knowing how to handle a coastal rowing boat is not sufficient to become a good coastal rower. Crews must be aware of tides and currents, learn about the course's topography, know what to do in the midst of maritime traffic, and be prepared to handle bad weather.