7 - 16 October 2022
7 - 16 October 2022
Flat water rowing's wilder cousin, coastal rowing will combine with a stunning natural venue to create an unmissable 2022 World Rowing Coastal Championships and Beach Sprint Finals.Learn more
The 2022 event brings together two exciting formats of rowing across the two weekends. On the first weekend, the top club coastal rowers from around the world will compete in a course along the beautiful coastline surrounding Saundersfoot. The second weekend will see elite international competitors take part in the exciting new beach sprint rowing format. Tipped to be a future Olympic rowing discipline, the beach sprint finals will bring the action close to spectators just off the festival atmosphere on the beach.
Coastal rowing is defined by a set of measurements and regulations that boats and rowers need to comply with when they want to race. Coastal Rowing takes place in wide expanses of coastal water, often in areas of outstanding natural beauty - never more so than in 2022, nestled within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the UK’s only Coastal National Park. The rowing course will be in and around Saundersfoot Bay around turning points, with a mass beach start and water finish. The start beach is a fine sand beach with a sheltered spilling wave. Crews will race 4km or 6km around a course of buoys and turning points in the open sea, providing some exhilarating racing! The course will meander across from Saundersfoot towards Coppet Hall Beach and back.
Entrants will comprise Club Crews nominated by their member federations. To compete in a World Rowing Coastal Championship regatta, a rower shall be a member of a club recognised by the member federation. This format of rowing is more endurance-led, and will comprise Solos (single rowers), Doubles and Coxed Quads.
Beach Sprints are far faster, shorter race courses (across 250m) and involve a ‘Run, Race, Run’ format out to sea and back, along a buoyed course. It uses a time trial and knockout progression system. Races will last between 2.30 and 3.30 minutes each.
Coastal Rowers love the exhilaration and excitement offered by the presence of waves, and the dynamism that they add to the sprint finals! Successful rowers need running and rowing speed, agility, turning power, directional awareness and wave handling skills. Again, the Beach Sprint Finals involve Solo, Double and Coxed Quad crew sizes with men's women's and mixed Junior and Senior events. Participants of the Beach Sprint Finals will have qualified in trials leading up to the event, and accredited by their member federation/national body.