51 Great Places to Row

Temple Island Henley

Flat water or waves, what rocks your boat? With so many stretches of water worldwide, what would be your water of choice?

What if you could ride the crest of a wave in a surfboat feeling the spray on your skin, or pull with the gig rowers off the awe-inspiring Faroe Islands? Or perhaps powering past the Barrier at Henley is more to your taste, or simply getting away from it all for a gentle scull on the Severn, watching the sun setting.

However you like your rowing, our ’51 Places to Row’ campaign aims to track down the top stretches of water on the planet. Make sure your favourite place is included by posting a picture on the ’51 Places to Row’ Facebook page.

With 17 locations on the ‘Top Places So Far’ list on Facebook to date, the beautiful Italian coastline of Sabaudia currently tops the list with 33 votes. No wonder that Olympian Martin Cross was once lured onto the ocean there instead of attending the flatter water of the GB Rowing training camp!

The delights of Sabaudia are closely followed by the picturesque River Dart in Devon with 31 votes. Third place is busy with the Thames, the Tees with its landmark Infinity Bridge and Lisbon, Portugal all on 19 votes!

Dorney Lake, Olympic venue in 2012, and the setting for August’s World Rowing Junior Championships is sixth with 14 votes, while the Tideway, scene of the University Boat Race on 26 March, is lying in ninth place with only 11 votes.

If you could choose one stretch of water to row on, where would it be? Why not let us know and take part in our quest to find the 51 greatest places to row in the world.

Make your vote count by visiting www.facebook.com/51PlacesToRow