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Sidney to Host 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships

Tulista & Lochside Site of the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships - Sidney, BC's waterfront Lochside and Tulista Park

Sidney, B.C.; October 11th to 14th, 2018, Sidney, British Columbia will play host to the world’s best coastal rowers when the World Rowing Coastal Championships take place along the shores of the Salish Sea. 

The event Organizing Committee, which includes several Olympic medalists, have worked with the Town of Sidney to secure use of Tulista and Lochside Parks as the location for the Championships, ensuring a beach start for the first time ever at this international competition. The successful bid also takes advantage of the community’s walkability, the venue’s close proximity to local hotels, meeting space and other amenities. 

Sidney Mayor, Steve Price commented; “We are excited that The World Rowing Federation (FISA) has chosen Sidney as the venue for the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships. Our community has an outstanding, proven record of successfully hosting major events and we look forward to working with the Organizing Committee to welcome the athletes, their support teams and spectators to our community. Town staff, local community organizations, local businesses, and a passionate volunteer base will support this event and ensure it is the best ever and that we make Canada proud”.

The community of Sidney is located on the Saanich Peninsula of Vancouver Island. It is a year-round tourist destination known for its pristine waterfront. It is located just 27 km (17 miles) north of the beautiful Capital City of Victoria, British Columbia. It is conveniently situated a short 10-minute drive from the Victoria International Airport and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal with the Washington State Ferry Terminal from Anacortes located next to the event venue.

The Championships are expected to attract hundreds of participants from around the world. Organizers hope to have large crowds to welcome the world's best in coastal rowing and free access to the site will be provided for spectators. 



Coastal rowing is described by World Rowing as the extreme version, the adventure side of rowing. It involves rowing along a coast, often out into the open water. Coastal boats are also used on lakes and rivers with windy, wavy conditions. 

Rowing on rough water means coastal rowing is very different from the flat-water Olympic style racing where the boats stay in lanes. A coastal course takes competitors around buoys, sometimes in large packs jostling for position. It makes for an exciting race. 

The standard boats are singles (or solo), doubles and coxed quadruple sculls. The boats are substantially wider and therefore more stable than Olympic boats. 

When the conditions are windy or wavy, there can be some spectacular scenes of boats literally riding the waves. Some will even get open air, breaching the waves, like the famous orcas found in the coastal waters around B.C. 

Coastal is also one of the fastest growing communities of rowers around the world. In Canada, coastal rowing is offered in many provinces, with a strong presence on the East and West Coasts, as well as Ontario and Quebec. 

Coastal rowers will often say they prefer rough water which adds a whole new dimension to the sport. Along with wind and waves, they also have to deal with tides and currents, as well as maritime traffic out in the open water.

Last year, the 2017 World Rowing Coastal Championships were held in Thonon, France, on the waters of Lake Geneva, the first time the event was held on fresh water. 

Competitors from 30 nations took part, with over 600 rowers racing across six boat classes. 

History of World Rowing Coastal Championships: 

2017 World Rowing Coastal Championships Thonon (FRA)
2016 World Rowing Coastal Championships Monaco (MON)
2015 World Rowing Coastal Championships Lima (PER)
2014 World Rowing Coastal Championships Thessaloniki (GRE)
2013 World Rowing Coastal Championships Helsingborg (SWE)
2011 World Rowing Coastal Championships Bari (ITA)
2010 World Rowing Coastal Championships Istanbul (TUR)
2009 World Rowing Coastal Championships Plymouth (GBR)
2008 World Rowing Coastal Championships San Remo (ITA)
2007 World Rowing Coastal Championships Cannes (FRA) 

To find out more: http://www.worldrowing.com/coastal