This exciting new branch of coastal rowing will be raced on the beach of Dameisha. The format sees a beach start with participants running to their boats on the water’s edge. They then row out around three buoys, slalom-style, for 250m then row back to the beach. The participant then gets out of their boat and sprints up the beach to the finish line. There are three boat classes; solo (single sculls), mixed double sculls and mixed coxed quadruple sculls.
- 25 October – Time trials, all boat classes
- 26 October – Repechages and finals for mixed double sculls (CMix2x) and mixed coxed quadruple sculls (CMix4x+).
- 27 October – Repechages and finals for men’s solo (CM1x) and women’s solo (CW1x)
For this inaugural event 13 countries and regions are participating with a total of 50 competitors. The women’s solo will see nine competitors going for the top spot. China’s Yuting Zheng is likely to have the home advantage. Great Britain flat-water rowing representative, Robyn Hart-Winks will be up against Spain’s Ana Navarro who recently competed at the World Rowing Junior Championships.
Former coastal rowing World Champion, Adrian Miramon Quiroga will face 2019 Mediterranean Games beach sprint competitor, Ivan Bove of France. This field has a lot of depth with 2018 coastal rowing World Champion, Mitchel Steenman of the Netherlands racing along with Canada’s and Vanuatu’s top solo coastal rowers Aubrey Oldham and Rii Rillio respectively.
Many of the solo sprinters then team up for the mixed double sculls and all eyes must be on the Netherlands, Spain and France for this inaugural race. The mixed coxed quadruple sculls will require much coordination and teamwork to be successful with the coxswain playing a big part in finding the best line to steer the boat as well as keeping the crew together in synchronicity. France is looking good for this race.
Here’s how to follow the race online:
Available on WorldRowing.com
o Livestream of races
o Live event updates
o Start Lists / Schedule
Livestream of racing at the following times on www.worldrowing.com
o 26 October – 13:25 local time – 15:30 local time
o 27 October – 13:25 local time – 16:10 local time
· News, photos and videos will be available on www.worldrowing.com
· Join the conversation by using the hashtag #worldrowing #WRCoastal #WRBSFinals #BeachSprint