Coastal Rowing with Guin Batten
Guin Batten is a legend in womens rowing – she has worked so hard to get to the top of the flat water sport and is now actively working to expand into Coastal Rowing making it an Olympic sport.
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Timestamps to the show.
02:40 Background in rowing and outrigger canoeing. FISA elected representative and chair for Coastal Rowing Committee and Womens Eights Head of the River Race in London
08:35 Rowing on the sea goes back a long way. In 20 years FISA started by the French who set the boat dimensions for racing. Test World Championships in Channel Isles was run
12:00 Ocean Racing Adventuress – Tallisker Whisky Challenge is now an annual event with 30+ boats. And the Great Pacific Race from Monterrey Bay to Honolulu and the Drake Passage Crossing from NZ to Chile.
15:50 Beach Sprint Race Format is about getting the audience more involved. Be part of the Beach Games movement – simple, fast, exciting, sharp. The event needs 5 boats in 3 categories 1x, 2x and 4x. It runs a format whereby the quarter, semis and finals are all back-to-back giving 3 races in 25 minutes.
21:00 Becoming a waterman or water woman is key. There’s more skill and agility than on flat water.
25:00 Boat types – the solo (1x), double scull and coxed quad all have a maximum weight designed to keep costs of boats down. 5 manufacturers now make coastal boats.
30:45 What comes next to broaden the sport? Sprints are possible, more events especially multi-sports. FISA added coastal to the Youth Olympics in Senegal 2022.
33:00 Losing 72 Lightweight rowers from the Olympic programme after Tokyo; Guin is working with IOC and FISA to add coastal rowing for those places. It adds value not costs.
36:00 Get inspiration from surfing race formats.
38:00 IOC will get a coastal format which may be endurance or sprint racing.
42:00 How to get involved