September 2019 

The World’s Newest Rowing Club Takes to the Water. 

In September FISA conducted a development camp and coaching clinic in the Pacific Island Nation of American Samoa. The American Samoan rowing association hosted athletes from Vanuatu for a seven day camp in preparation for the 2019 World Coastal Rowing Championships to be held in Hong Kong from the 1-3 November.


The boats are blessed at a welcome dinner the night before camp begins.

The camp was a culmination of two years of planning though the Oceania Rowing Conference who collaborated with the FISA rowing for all commission to purchase four coxed quads and four solo (skiffs) though money raised by the Norbert Krenn Memorial Tour Rowing Development Fund. FISA had previously funded the purchase of three Concept 2 ergometers for the athletes to begin training in May this year.


Wawrick Marler ( FISA Tour and Recreational Rowing Commissioner) is pleased to see the boats in the new boat shed.

The club (yet to be named) is the first for the American Samoan Rowing Association, the first coastal rowing club in the Pacific and the second rowing club in the region after Port Vila Rowing Club in Vanuatu. The first recruits include six male and two female rowers who completed a learn to row course over a week under the instruction of John Parker from the USA and supported by Andrew MacKenzie from Vanuatu. The week ended with the running of a six kilometre time trial followed by a beach sprints competition in the afternoon of the final day of camp.


American Samoa rower Isaiah Rea competing in the six kilometre time trial.


Vanuatu rowers Luigi Teilemb and Rio Rii giving tips to American Samoan rowers about beach sprint racing.

On top of the training, five rowers from Vanuatu and three coaches from American Samoa successfully completed the FISA level one coaching course.


Rowers from American Samoa practicing capsize drills.

“Rowing is in our blood here in the Pacific” said Louis Sol’aita, President of the ASRA, “ we have been rowing Fautasi long boats in competition for almost 100 years.” This new form of the sport will potentially provide new opportunities for the youth in American Samoa. “ Already a number of school kids have asked about joining in the hope of gaining experience to apply for college scholarships at US colleges” Louis explained that the opportunities for our athletes are potentially life changing.


ASRA President Louis Sol’aita being instructed by new rower Toa’alii Scanlan on the FISA funded ergometers.

The club hopes to have a name by the start of the world coastal rowing championships so the athletes can proudly represent the world’s newest rowing club and the first coastal rowing club in the Pacific. FISA expects that this is a sign of things to come in small island states across the world.




Dear rowing friends and FISA family


I trust that you are all keeping well and for those of you in the northern hemisphere, have had good rowing conditions in the unusually warm summer.  As the year draws to an end and as spring or autumn is upon us, are you thinking of possible future rowing adventures for 2019?  You may not have heard from us for a while, but we have not been inactive.


Rowing Development Programs   Since our last communiqué, at Warwick's initiative, a FISA Tour Rowing Development Fund has been established with contributions of €50 by each participant in World Rowing Tours. The first contributors were the participants in the 2018 Tour along the Costs Brava in Spain. This fund has similar objects to the Norbert Fund and will support the acquisition of boats in rowing development programs on the basis that those boats will also be available for tour rowing.


FISA Rowing Development (Samoa)    Following the NZ tour, four boats will be shipped to American Samoa to provide the start-up equipment for the FISA rowing development project in both American Samoa and Samoa.   Considerable work has already been put into that development project.  American Samoa is now ready to receive rowing equipment and commence a rowing operation.   Samoa is close to that point as well.  Two of the boats will be sent over to nearby Samoa when that country secures suitable secure storage facilities (i.e. a boat shed) for the boats.  The American Samoa Rowing Association will look after Samoa's two boats and equipment in the meantime.  Those boats, earmarked for Samoa, will remain the property of the Oceania Rowing Confederation (ORCON) until the Samoan Rowing Association (still in its infancy) is ready to receive them. The rowing development project in both American Samoa and Samoa will be overseen by FISA's Oceania Rowing Development Officer (Andrew MacKenzie). 


The donation of the boats to both American Samoa and Samoa is on the basis that they will be available for FISA tours in the Samoas (and this is planned for the future) and any FISA rowing tourists who happen to be in either country at any time. 


This project with ORCON is to be the model for future projects with ORCON in the Pacific and, hopefully, other projects in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and South America.

Donations     Please  consider how much pleasure  tour  rowing has given you over the years and consider whether you  are  able  to  contribute  any  funds  to  the Norbert Fund.   Perhaps even a Christmas  present for a rowing  partner  or friend or  a donation  in  honour of a fellow rower or to mark a special occasion with your rowing club. 

We appreciate that there are bank charges at both ends for international payments. In order to maximise the contribution and minimise income to the banks, The following FISA rowing friends have very kindly offered to accept donations in Euros, US dollars and Canadian dollars. 


The idea being that they will combine donations and then just make one international transfer. All Donations will be acknowledged & receipts issued.


Contacts & Details:


For Euros:  Please contact ( or make the donation to FISA.  Account FISA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron) Av. de Rhodanie 54 - 1007 Lausanne - Switzerland.  Bank UBS SA
Bank Address: Pl. Saint-Francois. 11003 Lausanne. 

Switzerland Swift Code: UBSWCHZH80A 

IBAN Code: CH46 0024 3243 3515 9060 K

For Pounds Sterling:    Please contact Caroline Turnbull (  


For $C:      Please  interact e-tansfer to Ruth Marr ( or Cheque to 904 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, MB. R3M ON4.


For $US:  Please Venmo or check/cheque to Rebecca Bish  (  

170 Prospect Avenue, Buffalo. NY 14201.

For Swiss Francs: Please make the donation to FISA. Account FISA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron) Av. de Rhodanie 54 - 1007 Lausanne - Switzerland. Bank UBS SA
Bank Address: Pl. Saint-Francois. 11003 Lausanne - Switzerland Swift Code: UBSWCHZH80A. IBAN Code: CH46 0024 3243 3515 9001 G

For $A: Please contact Suzie Jones (


Account:                Norbert Krenn Memorial Tour Rowing Fund

                                BSB: 064493

                                Account Number: 10116930

                                Swift Code: CTBAAU25

Bank Address: 400 George Street, Brisbane, Queensland, 

Australia, 4000.  Telephone: +61 7 3070 0300

                                Trustees: Warwick Leslie Marler and Suzanne Alice Jones.