550 rowers from the world over battled in Monaco waters during the Challenge Prince Albert II

Coastal rowing making a come back in the Principality!

Challenge Prince Albert II fans @CelinaLafuenteDeLavothaA 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!Jean-Francois Gourdon, President of the Societe Nautique de Monaco @Societe Nautique Monaco

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

Scull Boats

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

Today’s Quote

“Rowing is a sport for dreamers. A long as you put in the work, you can own the dream.” Anonymous

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