175 rowers took part to the second edition of the European Rowing Coastal Challenge, held in Marina di Castagneto, Italy. Among them, Tokyo Olympians and medallists from the World Rowing Coastal Championships and Beach Sprint Finals have ensured breathtaking racing.
The competition took place over three days of races and included Endurance and Beach Sprint events, that culminated on October 30th with the finals of both disciplines.
Italy topped the medal table, with five gold medals won in the Endurance CW1x and CM2x, and Beach Sprint CJMix2x, CM1x and CW1x. Spain followed with three gold medals; France, Estonia and Slovenia also won gold.
The Beach Sprint men’s solo was an exact repeat of the World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals in Oeiras, the Italian Giovanni Ficarra got the better of Norway’s Olympic Champion Kjetil Borch in the final.
Also the women’s solo saw the gold medal won by the Italian team as Alice Ramella overtook Olympian silver medallist Agnieszka Kobus-Zawojska from Poland.
The Spanish duo of Miramon Quiroga and Nadia Felipe Garcia was victorious after an intense race against the French Ludovic Dubuis and Edwige Alfred.
The Endurance CW4x+ final saw victory of the “Tokyo Super Crew”: the team composed by lightweight women’s double sculls Olympic Champions Federica Cesarini and Valentina Rodini from Italy and the silver medallists Claire Bove and Laura Tarantola from France.
About joining this super team, Bove said, “Valentina sent us a message asking us if we would be interested in participating with them in this competition. We said to ourselves that it could be hypercool and that it was an opportunity to create links.”
As coastal rowing continues to gain success, there are already plans undergoing for the third edition of the European Rowing Coastal Challenge. Filippi, the main sponsor and official boat supplier for the event, has already pledged their support.