Past event

Home International Rowing (HIR) Beach Sprints Free

Join us for the inaugural Home International Rowing (HIR) Beach Sprints which is being hosted by Scotland through a partnership between the University of St Andrews, Scottish Rowing, and Fife Sports & Leisure Trust.

The Home International Regatta has been running for many years and is a competition between selected teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Until this year this has been in the traditional form of rowing on flat water over a distance of 1500 or 2000m.

Beach Sprints is more dynamic and exciting, an emerging international discipline that starts with a sprint on the beach of between 10m and 50m. After entering the boat, the boat slaloms around two buoys, then turns around a third buoy at 250m and rows straight back to the beach before one of the rowers exits the boat and runs to the finish line.

Teams of four junior athletes and four senior athletes will compete across the day in coastal solos and mixed doubles.

There will be 26 races throughout the day across two ‘blocks':

  • midday to 2pm
  • 4pm to 5.30pm

Between the two blocks of racing, Saints Sport will put on some display racing and fun activities on the beach.

The HIR Beach Sprints is an exciting addition to the rowing calendar and one that it is hoped will create a clear pathway into Great Britain's and Ireland's national teams in the future. The whole St Andrews community is invited to come along to this exciting new international sporting event, and with food and drink vendors, a DJ and commentator what promises to be a great day out for the family.


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