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Filippi Boats partner of the 2015 World Rowing Tour on Lake Maggiore

Coastal_Filippi_Mediterraneo_1The 2015 World Rowing Tour on Lake Maggiore, from 12 to 20 September, has a new and prestigious partnership.  Filippi Boats, joins forces with the FISA event, organised by the Canottieri Luino, to promote Rowing at an international level, also from a recreational and touristic point of view. Filippi will provide 12 Coastal Rowing boats (Quad with cox) for the 77 rowers who will be rowing 180km over seven days during the event. Rowing on Lake Maggiore will be challenging but, at the same time, enjoyable thanks to the high quality of the boats.

Coastal_Filippi_Mediterraneo_3It is fitting that in Coastal Rowing, some of the latest developments have been made by the boat builders run today by David Filippi, thanks to high technology products such as carbon and titanium. All this, in order to find the best performance and optimum ergonomics. World leaders, Filippi boast an incredible collection of medals with 12 gold, 10 silver and 9 bronze medals at last year’s World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam.

“We are official partners in many events promoted by FISA to support Rowing internationally, not least of which the FISA Development Programm.” Explains David Filippi. “Therefore we are keen to support the organisation of the 2015 edition of the World Rowing Tour. The magnificent setting of Lake Maggiore is  wonderful natural environment, which definitely adds to the spectacular event.” The value of the partnership “The athletes can rely on high quality Coastal Rowing boats, conceived and manufactured using experience and expertise matured over decades of activity in traditional Rowing at the highest level.” Concludes Filippi

Coastal_Filippi_Mediterraneo_2“We are honoured to be able to rely on the support of this extraordinary company.” Affirms the president of the Canottieri Luino, Luigi Manzo, “Our organising team is working with enthusiasm for the World Rowing Tour and Filippi’s presence adds important values such as professionalism and guarantees high performance”.

The 2015 World Rowing Tour on Lake Maggiore, organized by the Canottieri Luino in collaboration with Italian/Swiss rowing clubs of Verbano, Arolo, Pallanza and Locarno, supported by partners, Cannobio, Ispra, Caldè, Angera and Cannero and the organizational support of two canoe clubs (Circolo Sestese Canoa e Kayak and Canottieri Lesa) and sailing clubs (Unione Velica Maccagno and Associazione Velica Alto Verbano Luino), benefits from the support of the Regione Lombardia, Regio Insubrica and Comunità Mondana Valli del Verbano. The institutional partners that are working closely with the Organising Committee are the Province of Varese and the Municipalities of Maccagno and Luino.

The Australian Warwick Marler (FISA Rowing for All): “Big efforts of the Organising Committee and great itinerary”

WarwickFrancois (2)The Australian Warwick Marler is one of the members “FISA Rowing For All Commission”. He follows the development of recreational and tour rowing. He is working together with Canottieri Luino for the Lake Maggiore Rowing Tour. His advise is extremely important for Luigi Manzo and his team. “I was struck by its beauty and the wonderful rowing opportunities it offered, as well as the rich culture of its environs. I am most impressed by the efforts of the Organising Committee in preparing a great itinerary with great rowing and cultural aspects and a relaxed and welcoming format”.

Can you tell me something about your passion for rowing?
“My wife, Bronwyn, and I took up rowing after one of our daughters began rowing at school in 1995. 2 of our daughters rowed at a very high level with age championship titles at a national and international level. As a result, as well as rowing myself, I became involved in  coaching and administration. I was involved with the State governing body for a number of years; was president of the school rowing group for many years, chair of my club Commercial Rowing Club as well as  being founding president and continuing to be president of Coastal Rowing Australia, the first coastal rowing club in this country.

I raced in Masters events for a number of years, including FISA Masters, but seldom race now. Bronwyn and I were introduced to tour rowing on the Australian FISA World Rowing Tour in 1997 and have been hooked ever since. We have now participated in  15 FISA World Rowing Tours as well as numerous other international and domestic rowing tours. We were the organisers of the FISA World Rowing Tour in Australia in 2010.

MaggyTour rowing is now central to our lives. Coastal rowing boats are the best toys we have ever had to play with, and tour rowing must be the  most fun you could ever have sitting down!

There have been many highlights. The FISA Tours are very special, but I cannot rank any one as the best as the delights are cumulative, with the wonderful fraternity developing with each tour. You get to know someone pretty well when you spend a day in a boat with them – to move the boat, as a crew, over a distance of 30 km or more. Then there is the wonderful fraternity when you get to shore. When you replicate this over a number of years, the friendships you form are very special.

In 2012, I was delighted to join the FISA Rowing For All Commission, and take on responsibilities for recreational and tour rowing. Now I am able to make my own contribution in the areas of rowing that I am most passionate about, and gain an appreciation of the contributions made by those who took on the role before me – Jens Kolberg (Norway), Stig Fischer (Denmark) and Bo Gammals (Finland). It is exciting to have an involvement in programs and events that promote tour rowing, in particular, and introduce it into new areas.

A highlight so far, perhaps, of my time on the Commission is setting up the FISA Tour Rowing Directory on the World Rowing website, which provides links to some rowing tour opportunities, internationally, for tour rowers. In time it is hoped that more rowing tour organisers will provide details of their events for inclusion in the directory”.

Which are the goals of FISA World Rowing Tour? Why did FISA decided to create this event?
marler“The principal objectives of World Rowing Tours are to promote tour rowing as such, and international fraternity. FISA created the World Rowing Tour to pursue these objectives.

Tour rowing is non-competitive. The format of the tour is that participants do not row in set crews – rather, the crews are changed each day, and generally, a rower would not row in the same boat as another rower more than one day on the tour and, except for boat captains, should not row in the same crew as another person from their own country.

It is also a showcase event – showcasing best practice in tour rowing organisation and format, and showcasing international fraternity, goodwill and understanding through tour rowing”. 

And about Lake Maggiore? What do you think about this lake and the work of the Organising Committee?
On my site visit in March, my first visit to Lake Maggiore, I was struck by its beauty and the wonderful rowing opportunities it offered, as well as the rich culture of its environs. I am most impressed by the efforts of the Organising Committee in preparing a great itinerary with great rowing and     cultural aspects and a relaxed and welcoming format”. 

Sport (Rowing), culture and tourism: how does FISA World Rowing Tour link all these elements?
The FISA World Rowing Tour is a great way to link rowing, culture and tourism. Most participants will extend their stay to holiday in the region, and Italy generally”.

What do the participants expect from this event?
Participants this year will look forward to receiving wonderful Italian hospitality,great local cuisine, rowing on one of the most beautiful lakes in the World and thefraternity of neand old friends that they have come to expect from FISA World Rowing Tours”.

What do you think about the development of Coastal Rowing in these years? How many countries are involved now?
“As well as being ideal tour rowing boats – in particular on exposed waters, FISA class coastal rowing boats are rowed in 6 continents and raced competitively in 4 continents. Coastal rowing is the fastest growing side of the sport. More than 30 countries are now involved in coastal rowing. This year we have the World Rowing Coastal Championships in Lima, Peru 13th-15th November. All coastal rowers are welcome to come and race in Pacific Ocean at Lima”.

80 year old John Bothma from South Africa: “Lake Maggiore Rowing Tour is the culmination of a dream”

canottaggio_sudafrica_bothma_johnJohn Bothma speaks about his rowing life. 80 years old, coming from South Africa, he is really happy to row on Lake Maggiore. “I have been struck by the beauty of the lake nestling in the mountains”

Can you tell me something about your passion for rowing?
“I have been rowing since 1949 at Selborne College. In1954 we were unbeaten in coxed fours and won the Kiwi Shield. Continued at Rhodes University where I Captained the Club in 1959 and 1960. Selected for South African Universities 8 which beat visiting Cambridge university crew. After University joined Wemmer Pan Rowing Club where we over a period of 5 years won all the senior national champs events.I have been a member of WPRC for 54years and participated in many Masters events over those years and were successful in Provincial and National events”.

What is your job and how old are you?
“I am in my 80th year and now semi retired and consult on Food manufacture throughout Africa”

Can you describe the place where you generally row and your club?
“I live in Hout Bay where I row a sea going single scull most days of the week. I am a member of the Cape Coastal Rowing Club and together with them Row at many venues in the Western Cape of South Africa”.

Is Lake Maggiore your first FISA World Rowing Tour?
“Yes”

Is your first time in Italy?
“No I have been to Italy many times on Business”

After/before arriving on Lake Maggiore for FISA World Rowing Tour will you visit other places in Italy?
“Yes Venice”

How do you imagine your FISA World Rowing Tour on Lake Maggiore? What do you expect?
“I am looking forward to a spell of Flat water rowing after hectic rows at the Cape of Storms”

Have you read something about this place? If yes, what impressed you?
“I have been struck by the beauty of the lake nestling in the mountains”

How much do you train to row for 180 km in a week?
“I target 40 KM per week on the water but am sometimes prevented through heavy winds and sea conditions to achieve this but them row 10Km spells on a Concept 2 in the Gym”

How much is important to find also time for tourism and culture?
“I hope to get some opportunities to  experience the culture of the locals”

If you want to add something, you are free to write!
“This trip to Italy in my 80th year is the culmination of a dream and I am looking forward to sharing the cameraderie of a multi national group of guys and girls in Rowing”

The Canadian Deborah LeFrank: “Ready for my first World Rowing Tour. The scenario of Lake Maggiore is breathtaking”

dlfDeborah LeFrank, from Victoria City Rowing Club in Canada, will take part in her first FISA World Rowing Tour.  Deborah, a graphic journalist for a “Visual Life Stories” company says “I typically row 4 times a week and have been adding to the distance of my rowing every week”.  In this way, she is training for the 180 km on Lake Maggiore.

Can you tell me something about your passion for rowing?
I started rowing in 2003, inspired by rowers I saw on the lake near where I lived. I fell in love with the sport right away and continue to be amazed that I found a sport that can drag me out of bed early many mornings a week”.   

Rowing has taken me to a number of great places in the world with three highlights being:
– 2012 the Head of the Charles in  rowing in a 50+ women’s 8+
– 2010 coastal rowing in Alma, Quebec at Festirame in 2x
– 2014 on tour with Rowing the World in the Swiss and Italian lakes (Lugano, Como, Maggiore)”. 

What is your job and how old are you?
“I am a Graphic Journalist and have a company called Visual Life Stories

Can you describe the place where you generally row and your club?
“My rowing club (Victoria City Rowing Club) is part of a busy community boathouse located within Elk – Beaver Lake Regional Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  Our boathouse is home to Rowing Canada’s men’s national team as well as University of Victoria crews”.  

Is Lake Maggiore your first FISA World Rowing Tour?
“Yes this is my first FISA world tour.  I hope it won’t be my last now that I’ve discovered this amazing annual event”.

Is this your first time in Italy?
“This will be my 3rd time in Italy.  First time was in 1982, the second time as last year 2014. I seem to be falling in love with Italy again”.

After/before arriving on Lake Maggiore for FISA World Rowing Tour will you visit other places in Italy?
I will be arriving early a few days and staying after a few days and will both times stay along the shore of Lago Maggiore”.

How do you imagine your FISA World Rowing Tour on Lake Maggiore? What do you expect?
Imagining the tour is somewhat easier because of my experience last year with the Rowing the World tour.  The coastal boats are steady, heavy and pretty comfortable.  The scenario is breathtaking. Clearly I didn’t get enough of it because I jumped at the chance to come back when I heard about this tour.  I’m excited to meet rowers from around world and to share stories of rowing adventures.  I’m sure I will have a long list of more places to visit”.  

 Have you read something about this place? If yes, what impressed you?
Last year after the tour we took a ferry from Locarno to Isla Piscatory and stayed on the island for a couple of nights.  On the ferry we saw so many places I wanted to stop and visit everywhere.  Lago Maggiore is completely enchanting”. 

How much do you train to row for 180 km in a week?
“I typically row 4 times as week and have been adding to the distance of my rowing every week.  In the past week I have rowed 70 kms.  Must admit I hadn’t added up the distance we will row in September so was quite surprised to see it will be 180km – guess I better get on the water bit more.  My fitness is good with cycling, walking and gardening being part of my regular routine.  It is my hands and my butt that I’m most concerned about with the rowing tour.  Hope they don’t get too sore”.  

How important is it to find time for tourism and culture as well?
“Certainly rowing is the focus of our week however tourism and culture are very important to me.  Also I love Prosecco and fresh Italian food – with these together, life is very good indeed”.

If you would like to add something, you are free to write it here!
I love to travel and to create a travel journal.  I am planning on creating a visual travel story for this rowing tour and would love to share it with others on the tour.  It will be an accordion booklet with a beautiful map showing our route and include sketches and photos of the tour highlights. I’m excited to bring my sketchbook to Italy”. 

 

The Austrian Karl Boehm at Lake Maggiore World Rowing Tour : “I’m not afraid of 180 kilometers in a week , but … “

Basic CMYKFrom Austria, with 39 years of rowing experience behind him, Karl Boehm is now retired and is  66 years old. “I am proud of the 40,000 kilometers rowed in the boat on all continents .” Rowing on the river Danube and in a well known race course: Linz, already home to international events of great prestige. “It will not be the first World Rowing Tour nor my first time in Italy, but I want to emphasize that before reaching the Lake Maggiore for the World Rowing Tour ( September 12 to 20) I will go to Venice. Again .. . ” The reasons for his participation: ” Getting to know new people, but also to catch up with old friends and also explore the beauty of nature. The Lake Maggiore? I was already in Ascona , is completely new … ” . Workouts? “I’m an amateur, I row 2 or 3 times a week but recently I managed to go well 744 kilometers in 18 days. So 180 km in one week do not scare me …

Douglas Baker and his wife Irena on Lago Maggiore. “In some ways rowing is the excuse to travel”

canottaggio_FISA_Tour_Baker“In some ways rowing is the excuse to travel”. Douglas Baker is coming to Lago Maggiore for the 2015 FISA World Rowing Tour with his wife Irena. From USA to Italy for tourism and culture as well: a big opportunity to meet new people.

Can you tell me something about your passion for rowing (quote when and where you started your activity, important results you think are important to stress)?
“When my wife, Irena, and I moved to Seattle over 20 years ago we bought a house overlooking a large lake. In the afternoon I saw many rowing shells row past our house so we investigated. About a kilometer away was a rowing club with programs for all ages. We joined the club and have been members ever since”.

What is your job and how old are you?
“I am a retired engineer and I am 62 years old”.

Can you describe the place where you generally row and your club?
“We live across the street from Lake Washington which is in the heart of Seattle. The lake is 27k long by 6k wide. The lake is used only for recreational boating.
The club has a large program for high school students as well as a masters program for adults. We row from 5:30am to 7:30am. Last saturday we had 4 eights on the water. We participate in regattas in the region and usually send a few boats to the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston each year. Our oldest rower is over 80 years old”.

Is Lake Maggiore your first FISA World Rowing Tour?
“My wife and I attended the Buenos Aires tour and followed that with the Belgium tour and the Ireland tour. We have also participated in a few private tours”.

Is this your first time in Italy?
“My wife is a native of Croatia so over the years we have found ourselves in Italy in transit as well as touring the country. We visited Venice on our honeymoon 32 years ago”.

After/before arriving on Lake Maggiore for FISA World Rowing Tour will you visit other places in Italy?
“We will spend a few days in Milan before the tour and then head back to Seattle since it is a busy time of year for us. Irena will be in Croatia for a week before the tour visiting family and friends”.

How do you imagine your FISA World Rowing Tour on Lake Maggiore? What do you expect?
“I haven’t investigated the venue. I like to be surprised. But when I mention Lake Maggiore to friends they always ooh and ahh! They say it is beautiful so I look forward to the trip very much”.

How much do you train to row for 180 km in a week?
“My rowing club is focused on racing so we practice 4 days a week with two hour sessions each”. 

How important is it to find time for tourism and culture as well?
“The tourism and culture is the added benefit of tour rowing. In some ways rowing is the excuse to travel, see new things and meet different and interesting people from all over the world. It is a wonderful opportunity to mix with like minded people from all over. It has always been a positive experience”.

If you would like to add something, you are free to write it here!
“Last September we were scheduled to attend the Danube tour. However, we had to cancel  because I developed a painful condition in my neck that was so extreme I eventually had to have surgery. I am happy to say the surgery was very successful. I have been rowing more and harder than ever and I have resumed racing; something I had not done for years”.

THE AUSTRALIAN MARION GAEMERS: “HAPPY TO ROW ON LAGO MAGGIORE”

aus03Marion Graemers is very happy to take part in the Lago Maggiore World Rowing Tour. She will arrive with her partner Graham and will also have the opportunity to visit other parts of northern Italy.

Can you tell me something about your passion for rowing (quote when and where you start activity, important results you think it’s important to stress)?
My main passion about rowing is it is a beautiful way to exercise outside. I live in tropical north Queensland Australia where the rivers are teeming with birds and in our river we even have a resident fresh water crocodile and I love mixing exercise with looking at the river changing with the seasons“.

What’s your job and how old are you?
” I am an artist. My main art form is basketry where I use plant material and manmade material to make containers and sculptural forms. This is my love but I make little money from this so I also work part time in a bookshop (I also love to read). I am 57″.

Can you describe the place where you generally row and your club?
aus01” I row with 2 clubs in Townsville. One with regular sculls – Townsville and James Cook University rowing club on a small fresh water river. I row between 2 weirs which are 4 kms apart. 3 mornings a week I get up at 4.30am to start rowing at 5am. I row a single and a double with my partner Graham Ward – who is also on the rowing trip with me. It takes about an hour and we are home again by 6am. Now because it is winter we row in the dark the sun rises about 6.30am but there is enough light from street lights and the moon when it is full to see. In summer when the sun rises earlier I row in the light which is a lot nicer as it is easier to see the birds and other wildlife. Our club has both competitive and social rowers and compete in various regattas in Queensland and Australia but now I am mainly a social rower loving the longer rows. This is a link to our club http://www.townsvillerowing.com.au/. I am also a member of Coastal Rowing and Touring Australia. We have 12 boats in Queensland and 3 are in Townsville. In Townsville we have a Quad, Double and Single. Once a week I row in these boats. This row at the moment is also early in the morning on the weekend and there is a variety of places we go. Just off the coast of Townsville (8kms) we have Magnetic Island and it takes about an hour to row across, have a cup of tea and hour to row back. A very pleasant morning. We have seen turtles and dolphins and at the moment there are whales are migrating north and our dream is to see them up close (maybe not too close)This is a link to our rowing in the Coral Sea http://www.coastalrowingaustralia.com/page5.htm”.

Is Lake Maggiore your 1st FISA World Rowing Tour?
” No. I have been on 3 other FISA trips and have enjoyed them very much. (England, Holland and Ireland) The rowing with the history of the country and well as meeting people from other countries”

Is your 1st time in Italy?
“I have been to Italy once before in 1982 for 5 days. The typical young person’s travel in a combi van visiting all the famous sites in Europe in 6 weeks. Now I love to travel slowly and see much more of one place so am looking forward to seeing a part of Italy I have never seen the beautiful lakes”

After/before arriving on Lake Maggiore for FISA World Rowing Tour will you visit other places in Italy?
” After rowing we are spending a week at Menaggio, Lake Como walking the local trails. Then a few days in Milan before departing back to Australia. Where I look forward to being a tourist in a large town. Looking at art galleries and shops”.

How do you imagine your FISA World Rowing Tour on Lake Maggiore? What do you expect?
aus02” Hopefully sunny days, great rowing, good company and food and lots of things to see both historical and natural. But if it is raining and windy I will love the brisk cold and energetic row and then the warm hotel room after with good company and hot food”.

Have you read something about this place? If yes, what impressed you?
“The dramatic scenery combined with the history of the area. It always amazes me how long people have lived in Europe and how old the buildings are”.

How much do you train to row for 180 km in a week?
“180kms (which is 30 kms a day) I am fairly fit and row 4 times a week and ride a bike 3 days to work. This maintains my fitness level. I have found the rowing with FISA tours very pleasant and there is always a period in the day each rower coxes which I enjoy as well”.

How much is important to find also time for tourism and culture?
” Very important. This is why we travel to other countries. We are tourists and want to see the country, the rowing is a way to travel with people who have similar ideals and loves. And to go to places that are a bit off the tourist trails”.

If you want to add something, you are free to write!
” I am very excited about coming to Italy to row with old friends that I have met on previous FISA tours and meet new friends. I have met some great Australians from other parts of Australia that I never would have met if I didn’t do these trips. Because of our first FISA trip we met Warwick and Craig from Brisbane and Noosa ( 1400 kilometres south of Townsville) and now have coastal rowing boats in Townsville. Also have rowed in other parts of Australia with these people. Early this year we rowed with coastal rowing Australia in Sydney harbour and met other rowing friends. Kevin Hayes and Bev James (who are also going to Italy) we met in Ireland and England. These contacts also give us the opportunity to row in different parts of Australia. I also like to invite all the people we have met on these trips to come and row with us in Townsville”

Krishnamohan Ramachandran: from India to FISA World Rowing Tour on Lago Maggiore

canottaggio_KrishnamohanRamachandran“I was 44 years old when I started rowing. I had just got my 1st Dan Black Belt  in Martial Arts after training for 10 years and was looking for another activity that I could immerse myself in”. This is the reason why Krishnamohan Ramachandran, from India, started Rowing.

“I was fortunate to meet a young lady who worked for me at Ogilvy Advertising who convinced me that I should get my office in Madras to enter the Merchants and Bankers Regatta held at the Madras Boat Club. A rowing centre established by the British in 1865. We joined the M&B and I got hooked  on to Rowing. In fact I ran the M&B Regatta for 3 years as the President of the M&B committee, before handing over. I have been rowing now for the last 14 years. And some of the memorable moments are etched in my mind : I won the Silver in the M&B regatta Single Scull in 2003. And again Silver in the Double Scull in the M&B Regatta in 2004. Was selected to represent the  Madras Boat Club in the Prestigious Madras Colombo Regatta in the Masters Challenge Fours. Won a Bronze Medal in the Hong Kong Masters in the Double Scull event partnered by my Coach James Joseph  in 2008 who is an Asian level Silver Medalist. Took part in the World Masters in St. Catherine’s Canada. On the Quad Scull. Finished 7th in an eight lane race :) Took part in the Single Sculls and Double Sculls at the ARAE FEARA Regatta held on Bolgoda Lake near Colombo, Sri Lanka. Have helped organise and conduct two Asian level School Regattas at TRC a new rowing centre just outside of Madras. Also helped conduct a rowing programme for women from economically poor backgrounds at TRC over a period of three years. The Programme produced excellent results with the girls winning medals at University, Club, State and National levels. Attempting to write a book Titled “Rowing -Lessons in Life”. Have been Editor of the Madras Boat Club Magazine, “Oarspeak”for two years”.

What’s your job and how old are you?

Adyar Estuary“I am now 57 years old. Will be 58 in August this year. I started my working career with Harrisons & Crossfields as a planter, then moved to Nestle in Sales & Marketing. I spent a year selling shop-to-shop before moving into advertising in the year 1982. After short stints in F.D.Stewart, JWT and Rediffusion, I joined Ogilvy & Mather 25 years ago. I left Ogilvy 6 years ago ‘to follow my dream’ . To become a gentleman farmer. In the two years before I left Ogilvy, I was the National Head for Training & Talent. Prior to this, I was President – the Madras and Hyderabad Offices of Ogilvy. I currently work as COO for an NGO called Eco Earth. Eco Earth operates in a  tiny village called B.L.Shed  in the Palani hills in South India focusing on health, education and Organic farming. I am also Managing Partner at INDIA/2, a south-specific advertising consultancy working with some large National Brands for their Advertising needs in South India”.

Can you describe the place where you generally row and your club?

photo(2)“I row at the Madras  Boat Club on the Adyar River and Adyar Creek. This is situated on the Eastern Coast of India in the State of Tamil Nadu. http://www.madrasboatclub.com/. On a Good day, when the tide is right we can row all the way to the Sea. A distance of around 3.75 KM. The Adyar Creek is very beautiful and the water quality is not bad. But the Adyar river itself is very badly polluted. I am a part of the River Restoration team that is working with the local government to clean the river, a task I think will take another 5 years at least to achieve. We have around 300 Rowing members but only around 50 of them are active rowers. The Club has 7 residential rooms, a swimming pool and a restaurant and bar. We are actively looking for affiliations with other Rowing Clubs across the world. We have a full compliment of boats. Sculls, Pairs, Double Sculls, Fours, Quad Sculls and One Eights. And Concept 2 Blades”.

Is Lake Maggiore your 1st FISA World Rowing Tour?

“Yes it is”. 

Is your 1st time in Italy?

“Yes it is. And I am very excited to be travelling to Italy for this World Rowing Tour”.

After/before arriving on Lake Maggiore for FISA World Rowing Tour will you visit other places in Italy?

“Yes Milan and Venice. We also plan to explore Tuscany. From Italy I leave for the UK for a week only to return to Holland and spend another week in Amsterdam and another two days in Budapest before I return home”.

How do you imagine your FISA World Rowing Tour on Lake Maggiore? What do you expect?

TRC“Having rowed at the World Masters, I am not expecting this to be a competitive event. Looking forward to rowing with different crews from different parts of the World. To make some lasting friendships. To be able to forge alliances between our Boat Club and others across the world, so that we can learn from each other, not just about rowing but about cultures and people. I look forward to rowing on a Coastal Boat. (I have never rowed in one before, the Quad Scull is my favourite Boat). Also the water looks a bit choppy :) On our river the water is like Glass, though on the creek it can get slightly choppy. So rowing on Choppy water is going to be a challenge ! I know that we have to build our endurance, to row up to 35 KM  a day. Even with breaks and a steady pace this will not be easy. It will be a challenge rowing with new crew every day. I know that it is not easy to find our rhythm, but I am sure we will find it over the 35 km. But I understand that the weather will be cool (unlike India) and the scenery is stunning, so that should make the going more interesting. And we have Italian food and hospitality to look forward to at the end of each day. :)”

Have you read something about this place? If yes, what impressed you?

“The sheer beauty of the lake and the surroundings. Stendhal himself, struck by that sort of lyrical rhapsody that occurs only in the sight of miracles of nature, said that here he had discovered the place that he would have preferred never to have left. Yes… given the choice, I would never want to leave”.

How much do you train to row for 180 km in a week?

“We row mostly in a Quad Scull or Double scull. Currently doing about 50 Km a week. Also some cross training. 18 Km of running in a week and 3 km of swimming with some light weights twice a week. In August we will pick up the Rowing to around 120 KM a week, while reducing our cross training”.

How much is important to find also time for tourism and culture?

“On a tour like this and with what I have seen and read about Lake Maggiore and the surroundings , I think as important as rowing on the Lake”.