Along the coast of the USA, Florida is set to host the World Rowing Championships, a week long international rowing regatta. Following the Olympic rowing, the world championships are one of the year’s rowing highlights. There are up to 21 different class of events, including paired sculls, coxed fours and eights, as well as coxless rowing and athletes competing in solo races. The championships have been running since 1962, originally held every four years. In 2002 para-rowing was introduced, giving those with disability an opportunity to compete alongside rowers of a similar level.
The nearest major airport is Sarasota-Bradenton International, only 5 miles away from the city centre. For international flights look to fly into Tampa or Orlando, which are between 1 and 2 hours away from the Florida’s West Coast. The venue is situated along the Nathan Benderson Park Lake, manmade with rowing in mind. It is part of communal park making the event accessible to all members of the public. Check online for more details of times and schedules for the racing.
If you’re a keen rower and follow similar competitions, then this is a must for your Florida holiday. Plan your trip to watch the early sessions and support the younger athletes, you may witness a future Olympic champion. Stay for the climax and finals towards the end of the week’s events. The state of Florida is a perfect holiday destination, with the World Rowing Championships catching the last of the summer weather. Whichever day, or days, you attend arrive early to get the best seats. There may be live commentary so keep a look out for any speakers alongside the course.
If you are planning to visit for the World Rowing Championships, choose from rental apartments, houses, holiday homes, boats and B&B's close to the shoreline for the rowing. Wherever you decide to stay, there are boats connecting the islands or public transport if you’re travelling from further inland.
When in Sarasota make the most of the waters, spend time on the beach or hire a rowing boat and re-live the rowing championships. Visit the Myakka River State Park or the Big Cat Sanctuary. There are several museums within the Ringling, or elsewhere in Florida there’s the magical world of Disneyland in Orlando.
To find out more information on the World Rowing Championships, including: elite and para-rowing, under 23’s and junior races, events and results, calendar of events, information about the athletes and teams, latest news and more visit the official website.
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