Bucket List: Best Rowing Destinations Around the World
If you’re a rower, you’ve probably rowed on the Charles. The same goes for Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River. Each year, these Meccas for rowing play host to thousands of competitors at Dad Vails, Stotesbury, and the venerable Head of the Charles. Accordingly, the sport of rowing is strongly associated with the cities of Boston and Philly. But as the popularity of our sport has increased, so has the ubiquity of rowing venues. Across the country and around the world, rowing facilities and equipment are more accessible now than ever. So the next time you find yourself off the beaten path, you may be closer than you think to a new, interesting place to row. Here is our list of the best rowing destinations around the world!
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Nestled among the foothills and lakes of Kootenai County, Idaho is the small city of Coeur d’Alene. This idyllic burg of 40,000 offers camping, grand resorts, and stunning panoramas of vast, untouched Idaho wilderness. Now, a Coeur d’Alene getaway can include rowing, as well. The Coeur d’Alene Rowing Club is the only rowing club in Idaho, but it makes up for its geographic isolation with a pristine rowing venue and the enthusiasm of its small but dedicated membership.
As far as rowing destinations go, this is one of our favorites. Few would associate Alaska with rowing, but the Anchorage Rowing Association is part of a burgeoning movement to change that perception. Each year the club hosts at least 4 regattas, welcoming competitors from around the world and offering affordable equipment rentals. Anchorage is also surrounded by incredible wilderness, both on land and water, which make it a great destination to get the most of your adventuring.
River Thames, England
Perhaps best known as the venue of the Henley Royal Regatta, the River Thames is open to the enjoyment of rowers of all stripes. The river hosts at least 50 sprint races and head-style regattas each year, and boasts dozens of independent clubs.
Maldives is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean, just southwest of India. The nation has a population of just under 400,000 people and endless natural beauty. It is also one of the newest rowing destinations in the world rowing community. The Rowing Association of the Maldives hopes to see an influx of rowing tourism, both to strengthen the sport’s foothold in the national culture and to increase tourism revenue. In the next few years, look for the Maldives to emerge as a top rowing destination.
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