Canadian Rowing Beach Sprints

  • Hosted By Brock University
  • Sanctioned by RCA and ROWONTARIO (2019)

Beach sprints are a relatively new form of competitive rowing, having been first raced in this format in 2015.  Beach sprint rowing consists of a running component (approximately 50 metres) followed by a row in a coastal boat of 500m (250 m out into the sea or lake through a slalom course and then return  to the beach), and finished with an approximately 50m through the finish enclosure.  Only one member of a crew has to run – the other members wait by the boat sitting in the water while the one member is running and all then jump into the boat and start rowing the course.  Only  one member runs back through the finish line once the boat has reached the beach on the return leg. 

Beach sprints is  knock-out match style racing, whereby two crews race against each other with the winner advancing and the loser knocked out of the competition.  The competition starts with a time trial whereby the fastest crews advance to the next round while the remainder are out of the competition. 

Beach sprint rowers have to know how to handle rough water conditions and be adept at turning the boat as the crew has to manouever through  a slalom course with buoys and a 1800  turn at the half way mark. 

All events are run using coastal boats, provided by the Organizing Committee.  The OC will also provide oars for this event.  Register now on! 

Date and Location:

The inaugural Canadian Rowing Beach Sprints (CRBS)  will be held at Lakeside Park Beach in St. Catharines ON, Canada on Saturday, August 17, 2019.   

The Canadian Rowing Beach Sprints is part of the selection process for the team to represent Canada at the 2019 World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals to be held in Shenzhen, China, October 25-27, 2019.  For more information on the Rowing Canada Aviron selection process, please click on the following link.