The Challenge comes from rowing in rough water and the freedom to navigating our great waterways.  Coastal Rowing in the sea has many challenges, which require the development of boat handling, rowing and teamwork skills. Coastal Rowing races are conducted over a 6 km course in a similar manner to yacht races.


FISA Class Coastal Rowing, Competition on the high seas.

Video: Bridge to Beach Race Sydney 2016

  The challenge and excitement of Coastal Rowing, early morning off the coast.      

             Video: Crossing the Bar  7:03: 

Adventure, Freedom and Fun 

Coastal rowers do not row on flat water!  A trip without any waves is, for many coastal rowers, utterly devoid of interest.

The challenge of coastal rowing is pitting yourself against the elements. It develops physical well-being and is exhilarating. It is also more easily learned than still water rowing, due to the stability and robustness of coastal rowing boats, especially built for coastal conditions. There is great excitment about cutting through waves lapping at your boat and sometimes washing over the deck. Coastal rowing may not be for the faint-hearted but you can't replicate the feeling of catching a wave in challenging conditions. This builds comaraderie,  and confidence. You'll find coastal rowers are a very friendly lot! 


  Racing on Sydney Harbour. Crew from left:  Suzie, Karen, Richard, Carol and Rachel

Being fit and knowing how to handle a coastal rowing boat isn't sufficient to become a good coastal rower. Crews must be aware of tides, wind, waves and currents, learn about the river, estuaries and bays that they are rowing. Knowledge of maritime traffic rules, buoy's beacons and lights is important in many areas. Crews should be situationally aware and be able to read and interprid maps and weather.

Rowers should be able to swim at least 300 metres and always have a life jacket at hand. Having an experienced coxswain is essential when crossing bars and operating in exposed or rough waters.

By following a few basic marine safety rules, coastal rowing gives rowers a new freedom to experience the magic moments of some of the best waterways in the world. The camaraderie and enjoyment of Coastal Rowing is second to non. If you are in the area where a coastal boat is based go for a row and experience the exhilaration.

If you are from a place where we have yet to place a boat, give us a call and we may be able to arrange a tour for you, this would be best for a crew of four reasonably experienced rowers. Happy rowing, we look forward to hearing from you.

 Coastal Double C2X off Point Cartwright, Mooloolaba, Australia.

Coastal Single Scull 

Coastal Rowing in the single scull (solo) is very exciting, especially when there are waves to surf. Experience some of the freedom and excitement.


Wet and Wild Coastal Solo