2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships, Victoria BC Canada


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Growing coastal rowing around the world

As part of the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships, there will be first-time competitors from several countries that are new to coastal rowing, including the Bahamas and Brazil.

World Rowing has a “Development Programme” that provides some support to athletes travelling to international competitions.

http://www.worldrowing.com/athletes/training-and-development/development-programme

In August, we told you about Michael Knowles, the President and Captain of the Skullers Rowing Club, a Bahamian elite team member based in Exuma, Bahamas.  

He has had a busy fall of rowing firsts. He and Melissa Swaby competed in the 2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta in Sarasota, finishing 8th in the mixed double.

Now Michael is in Victoria to make history as the first Bahamian to compete at the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships.

Here is more of Michael’s story:

https://www.wrcc2018.com/a-life-changing-sport-meet-the-skullers-rowing-club-of-exuma-bahamas/

 

There will also be five athletes from Brazil competing for the first time at the World Rowing Coastal Championships.

We asked Ricardo Rojas to tell us more about the Brazilian crew.

From left to right:Ricardo Rojas, Rodrigo Rojas, Acácio Lemos, Zé Paulo and Natasha Rojas (cox)

 

  1. How many athletes are coming to 2018 WRCC Brazil?

We are 4 masters rowers and one cox in the category (CM4X +).

  1. How are they preparing?

The team of CM4X+ is preparing in boats similar to coastal boats at the club Bandeirante na Raia Olímpica da USP in São Paulo.

  1. How much rowing is there in Brazil?

Very little. In fact, coastal rowing does not really exist here in Brazil.

This initiative, with the support of CBR, is part of the process of bringing the sport to Brazil.

We have the support of the Brazilian Federation that in partnership supports us in this initiative.

We also have an excellent sponsor in HUMMEL.

  1. What do you expect rowers to learn from experience?

We hope to understand the whole operation of coastal boats and coastal rowing, from the organization of the event, through the boats, training needs, to the eventual manufacture of the boats.

It is the first real contact that we will have with coastal rowing, which makes it very important that we be very observant while we are there.

We will certainly bring a lot of knowledge to Brazil after participating in the 2018 WRCC.

  1. What is the future of coastal rowing in Brazil?

Considering the size of the Brazilian coast (9,200 kilometres), we have a great expectation of being able to exponentially develop recreational and competitive coastal rowing.

We want to consider the recreational and tourism potential of coastal rowing, as well as the sport aspect.

Working together with CBR, we will be able to take coastal rowing throughout the country.

  1. Quantos atletas estão chegando ao 2018 WRCC do Brasil?

Somos 4 remadores + um timoneiro na categoria (CM4X+)

2. Como eles estão se preparando?

A equipe do CM4X+ está se preparando em equipamento (barcos) SIMILAR ao costal realizando os treinamentos pelo clube Bandeirante na Raia Olímpica da USP em São Paulo.

3. Quanto remo costeiro existe no Brasil?

Muito pouco. De verdade o remo costeiro ainda não existe de fato aqui no Brasil. Essa nossa iniciativa, com o apoio da CBR faz parte do processo de implantação e desenvolvimento da modalidade no Brasil. Temos a chancela da Confederação Brasileira de Remo que em parceria nos apoia institucionalmente nessa iniciativa.

4. O que você espera que os remadores aprendam com a experiência?

Esperamos entender todo o funcionamento e mecanismo do remo de mar. Desde a organização do evento, passando pela modalidade (barcos, treinamentos, necessidades, etc) até a eventual fabricação dos barcos. É o primeiro contato real que teremos com o remo de mar o que torna muito importante que seja presencial e de forma produtiva. Com certeza traremos muito conhecimento para o Brasil após a participação no 2018 WRCC.

5. Qual o futuro do remo costeiro no Brasil?

Considerando o tamanho da costa brasileira (9200km de litoral) temos uma grande espectativa de conseguirmos desenvolver de forma exponencial a modalidade (recreativa e competitiva), considerando uma dinâmica de entretenimento alem do aspecto esportivo.

Com um trabalho em conjunto com a CBR, conseguiremos chegar com a modalidade em todo país.

 

Contact us

Renting a boat: rentaboat@wrcc2018.com
Media Inquiries: media@wrcc2018.com

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Rowing Association
5100 Patricia Bay Highway,
Victoria BC V8Y 2T6
https://www.wrcc2018.com/
Contact Person
Brenda Taylor: askus@wrcc2018.com
Press Officer
Nancy Russell: media@wrcc2018.com