Coastal Sculling

Coastal Sculling is sculling’s wilder cousin which comes in two main formats: Endurance (Offshore) and Beach Sprints.

The Endurance races take place over 4km for heats and 6km courses for finals and either start and/or finish off a beach or out at sea. This is the race for you if you’re wanting to challenge yourself over longer distances.

Beach Sprint races are much faster taking place straight off a beach. Rowers start by running 10-50m to their boat from a starting point on the beach before jumping in their boat and slaloming out 250m, spinning and sprinting the boat back before finally dismounting on the beach and running to the finish.

Below you can find out more about Coastal Sculling, where to try it and what British Rowing is doing to support this growing format of the sport.

Clubs and Venues

Want to give Coastal Sculling a go in your own time? Find out which clubs and organisations give you the chance to come and give Coastal Sculling a go.

Find a venue or club to give Coastal Sculling a try

British Rowing Offshore & Beach Sprint Championships

The British Rowing Offshore Championships and Beach Sprint Championships are a celebration of coastal rowing, aiming to support their development in Great Britain. Entries are welcomed by rowers from any rowing background. No need for equipment if you don’t have it, boats are available for hire at the Offshore Championships and boats are provided at the Beach Sprints.

Find about more about the events

Coastal Sculling Award

The coastal sculling award is aimed at coaches and event organisers from all types of rowing, who wish to learn how to prepare rowers to race in beach sprint and endurance competitions domestically and internationally using the World Rowing and British Rowing rules.

Learning Outcomes:

The award is designed for rowing coaches and event organisers and aims to provide both with the following:
1. Confidence and competence to coach rowing on coastal waters (<1.5km offshore) and on and off swimming beaches.
2. Knowledge to run safe offshore/endurance and beach sprint training sessions and empower their rowers to operate safely on coastal waters (<1.5km offshore).
3. The tactical and technical understanding of beach sprint format to prepare and support rowers and boat handlers to race.

Find the next course here.

World Rowing Coastal Championships

The World Rowing Coastal Championships are an international coastal event raced on the open sea or on lakes in boats designed to cope with coastal conditions. Racing takes place in singles double and coxed quads. Entries are encouraged from both clubs in line with the eligibility requirement that ‘a rower shall be a member of a club recognised by the member federation’ and the entry sanctioned by their National Federation. British Rowing as the National Federation is responsible for ranking and entering crews from Great Britain.

Find out more about entering the World Rowing Coastal Championships

GB Beach Sprints Team

British Rowing is committed to being one of the leading nations in the developing Beach Sprint format. This event is ideal for agile and skilled scullers with a performance background, from either coastal or river rowing at either Junior or Senior Level.

Find out more about rowing for the GB Rowing Team