Coastal rowing making a come back in the Principality!
A wonderful sunny weekend welcomed rowers from a dozen countries who descended in the Principality for the 12th edition of the international Challenge Prince Albert II, organized by the Nautical Society with its headquarters in the state-of-the-art Yacht Club of Monaco. The event was created back in 2005 and has been gaining in prestige through the years.
“The latest French coastal rowing championship was back in 1968 in Villefranche, and it was Monaco who won it, but after that the sport fell into oblivion.” Said Jean-Francois Gourdon, President of the Nautical Society, who together with his team organised a superb event this weekend. Bravo!
Coastal rowing, that needs heavier boats and requires a lot of effort riding the waves, was in the limelight in the 1990’s. The Nautical Society of Monaco, aided by the enthusiasm and support of its president Jean-Francois Gourdon, is bringing this exciting sport back to the forefront where it belongs.
Heated competitions all through the weekend
The public came in great numbers to watch the three courses of 6 km on Saturday, February 20, and the two courses of 3 km on Sunday, February 21, cheering loudly for their favorite teams and rowers. A new village was installed to welcome the athletes and the public in style.
Solo, double or quad
Medals for the best rowers and teams
There was standing room only at the medal ceremony on Sunday after the last race, with the different prize categories including:
- Cup HSH Prince Albert II awarded to the club winner of the 12th edition
- Mini Trophy awarded to the club winner of the first victory of the Challenge
- Cups for the first 10 clubs
- Medals for the top three teams of each race (minimum 3 teams)
- Special award: Cup of High schools
For all the results please visit:
Coastal rowing World Championship coming in October
Mark your calendars for the international competition scheduled for October 19-22, 2016, with more than 700 rowers and their teams expected to participate. In parallel a Mediterranean mini-championship will be integrated to the world competition where all the neighboring countries will be invited. Jean-Francois Gourdon wants the Monaco residents to get involved by inviting them to sponsor rowers from their country of origin. For information contact: www.avironmonaco.com
“Rowing is a sport for dreamers. A long as you put in the work, you can own the dream.” Anonymous