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December 2022

World Coastal Champs and World Beach Sprint FInals

Click here to read the article published in OarSport, the Official Magazine of Rowing NZ. Issue 118, December 2022

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World Rowing Coastal Champs

Saundersfoot, Wales, Oct 7-16

A small group of seven NZ athletes raced at WRCC in 2022. The first weekend was the long distance race (4km heats, 6km finals). This event is raced as a Club event. The following weekend was the Beach Sprint Finals, raced as National Rowing Federations.

Coastal Champs

NZ won SILVER in the women's coxed quad, BRONZE in the men's double, and BRONZE in the men's single.

Quad: Emma Dyke, Emma Twigg, Bibi Colgan, Jackie Kiddle, Cox Matt Dunham, racing as Hawkes Bay Rowing Club.

Double: Brook Robertson, Ben Mason, racing as Nelson Rowing Club.

Single: Matt Dunham, racing as Star Boating Club.

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Beach Sprint Finals

NZ athletes raced in all the events - Mixed Coxed Quad, Mixed Double, and Men's and Women's solos.

SILVER in the mixed Coxed Quad, GOLD in the women's solo.

Quad: Ben Mason, Emma Twigg, Jackie Kiddle Brook Robertson, Cox Matt Dunham.

Solo: Emma Twigg.

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May 2022. Team Coastal

We're excited that rowers from NZ will be racing at the October World Coastal Rowing Champs.

NZ athletes plan to race in all boat classes in the long format and beach sprint events.

OarSport Report

Click here to read the article from Rowing NZ's magazine, OarSport. March 2022 Issue

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2022 Swift Racing NZ Coastal Rowing Beach Sprints

Jan 3, Tahuna Beach, Nelson

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Racing was in Swift Coxed Quads and Doubles

Over 80 rowers from around the central part of NZ were in Nelson on a perfect summer day for the Beach Sprint Champs, hosted by Swift Racing NZ and the Nelson Rowing Club. With rowers across all age groups from school, Club, Masters and Elite levels, we all had a great day.

Great event, had fun & enjoyed visiting Nelson, the hospitality and atmosphere, cracker day!

- Brendon, Christchurch

Course was set up as per World Rowing recommendations.

Club rowers from the Wairau Summer Squad working their way around the marker buoys. These cigar buoys are fabulous - self inflating, highly visible, robust and strong. We're the NZ Distributor for these Plastimo buoys - get in touch for more info.

Good, fair course, well coordinated with boat allocation and coxes. Good race turnaround. Great fun event.

- Colin, Nelson

Calm waters this year on regatta day. Who knows what conditions we will have next year...

Here's a Masters Crew from Star Boating Club finishing the rowing leg. One person exits the boat to sprint up to the finish line, this is usually (but not always!) the bow person.

The organising team did an amazing job and the Beach Sprints were really enjoyable. The timing was slick (great having 4 quads). I also like that the races for the school teams and club were mixed in, and the masters weren't relegated to second class.

- Stephanie, Christchurch

We're looking forward to working with the Nelson Rowing Club to host the Beach Sprint Champs on Jan 3, at Tahunanui Beach, Nelson.

Racing will be in Swift Coxed Coastal Quads, with boats, oars and coxes provided by us and NRC. We follow the FISA World Rowing format.

Feedback from the January 2021 event was hugely positive, and we have plans well in hand for an even better event this year.

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All rowers welcome, from high school to Masters level. Bring a whole crew, or register yourself and we'll put you in a mix up crew.

8am start, so you will likely need to be in Nelson the night before.

Register by email to

$70 registration, or $50 for unwaged, includes event t-shirt.

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Swift at World Coastal Champs 2021

Swift Racing was well represented at the October 2021 World Rowing Coastal Champs in Portugal. 700 athletes from 34 nations competed. 

Swift Racing won more medals than any other manufacturer, winning 48% of the total medals. 45% of boats in A finals, 49% of Top 10 finishers, and 56% of Top 5 finishers were rowing Swift.

These results reinforce Swift as the leader in Coastal Rowing.

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Row for Breast Cancer

On August 16, Ben Mason, a young NZ rower completed a 1000km offshore adventure in a Swift Coastal Single, raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer. Ben was just six when his mother Sonia died, and this row off the coast of Northland was a huge undertaking.

Ben's fundraising page remains active at

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