YCRC Rowers on Tour in Finland

In a break from the hectic sprint racing of regatta season, a group of past and present YCRC members took a rather different rowing outing on the 7/8th July – a two-day rowing tour on a Finnish lake!

Joining up with friends from Chesterton RC and Bradford ARC, the group began at Sulkava rowing club, where they took to the water in 14-rower coxed sliding-seat wooden boats used traditionally by islanders to row to church across the various picturesque inlets, channels and lakes. The forests and lakes were beautiful and the weather and mosquitoes thankfully kind.

Traditional church boats at Sulkava, Finland. Photo: H. Read.

At halfway, the night was spent camping on an island where the group made friends rowers from all over the world who had travelled to the event, especially those who allowed them to stream England’s World Cup quarter final on their phones…

On the water at Sulkava Rowing Race 2017. Photo: H. Read.

Although the tour was not designed to be a race, a twinge of the YCRC competitive spirit propelled our rowers past many crews, arriving as the first women’s boat home, the third fastest overall.

A good time was had by all, and the tour comes highly recommended to anyone looking for a new rowing adventure in 2018!

Thanks to Holly Read for text and photos.

YCRC and friends at the end of the Sulkava Rowing Race 2017. Photo: H. Read.