About Coastal Rowing:

Coastal Rowing involves rowing on the ocean as well as on lakes and rivers – wherever water tends to be rougher. Coastal Rowing is quite different from the flat-water Olympic style of going in a straight line. Coastal rowers prefer challenging water conditions which adds a whole new dimension to this sport.

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 standard rowing boats. The coastal boats are singles, doubles and coxed quadruple sculls. Though 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 and know what to do in the midst of maritime traffic and in case of bad weather.

Olympic rowing on flat-water is like road biking while Coastal Rowing on the ocean is like mountain biking.