Coastal and beach sprint dates/venues and policies plus coach development webinars

British Rowing is pleased to announce details of coastal and beach sprint racing for 2024 and development opportunities for coaches

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British Rowing Offshore Championships and British Rowing Beach Sprint Championships

This year, these will be run as two separate competitions.

CompetitionDatesLocations
British Rowing Offshore Championships1-2 June 2024Jersey
British Rowing Beach Sprint Championships10-11 August 2024St Andrews, Scotland
Competition:
British Rowing Offshore Championships
Dates:
1-2 June 2024
Locations:
Jersey
Competition:
British Rowing Beach Sprint Championships
Dates:
10-11 August 2024
Locations:
St Andrews, Scotland

Further details will be published in due course.


2024 GB Beach Sprint Team Selection Policy and Trials Process

This year there are several opportunities to represent GB in the waves. The Selection Policy and Trials Process for the GB Beach Sprint Teams (including the selection and ranking policy for club entries to European and World Rowing Coastal Championships) – covering adults and Under 19s – has now been published here.

The Selection Policy document includes a full list of dates – key dates are summarised below.

Tom Pattichis, British Rowing Olympic Pathways Manager, will be running two open webinars for those who would like to find out more about the GB Coastal and Beach Sprint Team trials this year on Wednesday, 17 January 2024:

Webinar 1 (18:30-19:30)
For rowers and coaches already with a good understanding for Beach Sprints who would like to know more detail about the selection process for the GB Teams for 2024.

Webinar 2 (19:30-20:30)
For rowers and coaches new to the format, who think they might like to get involved in the trials process in 2024, but want to get a bit more information about what’s involved first.

To get the links for these meetings, please register your interest by 4pm on 17 January in 2024 GB/Home Nations Beach Sprints by clicking the button below. Please note:

  • If you have already registered your interest, you don’t need to register again – the webinar links will be sent to everyone already on this list
  • If you’re not sure if you’ve registered, just fill in the form again
  • Those registering will be sent the links within two working days.

Beach Sprints Registration of Interest

Key dates
Competition/TrialDateLocation
GB Beach Sprint Selection Trial 127 AprilDorset
English Beach Sprint Regatta28 AprilDorset
Welsh Senior Beach Sprint Championships11-12 MayFishguard
Scottish Beach Sprint Championships18 MaySt Andrews
European Rowing Coastal and Beach Sprint Championships20-23 June 2024Gdansk, POL
GB Beach Sprint Selection Trial 23-4 AugustTBC
World Rowing Coastal Championships6-8 September 2024Genoa, ITA
World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals13-15 September 2024Genoa, ITA
Competition/Trial:
GB Beach Sprint Selection Trial 1
Date:
27 April
Location:
Dorset
Competition/Trial:
English Beach Sprint Regatta
Date:
28 April
Location:
Dorset
Competition/Trial:
Welsh Senior Beach Sprint Championships
Date:
11-12 May
Location:
Fishguard
Competition/Trial:
Scottish Beach Sprint Championships
Date:
18 May
Location:
St Andrews
Competition/Trial:
European Rowing Coastal and Beach Sprint Championships
Date:
20-23 June 2024
Location:
Gdansk, POL
Competition/Trial:
GB Beach Sprint Selection Trial 2
Date:
3-4 August
Location:
TBC
Competition/Trial:
World Rowing Coastal Championships
Date:
6-8 September 2024
Location:
Genoa, ITA
Competition/Trial:
World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals
Date:
13-15 September 2024
Location:
Genoa, ITA

GB Beach Sprint Coach Education Programme

Following the recent confirmation of the Beach Sprint format as part of the Commonwealth programme and the 2028 Olympic Games, an increasing number of athletes are exploring this very different type of racing. To support them, British Rowing will be running a series of webinars to help develop the coaches they need to build the coastal and beach sprint skills.

“We are aiming to develop a group of coaches with increased knowledge of the Beach Sprint format, capable of developing rowers through the GB or Home Nations Beach Sprint pathways.” Tom Pattichis, Britsh Rowing Olympic Pathways Manager

Target group: Coaches from GB Coastal Sculling Academies (or aspiring Coastal Sculling Academies) and other coaches in Scotland, Wales or England wishing to develop knowledge of the Beach Sprint format with a view to supporting rowers through the GB or Home Nations Beach Sprint Pathway

Prerequisites: Ideally coaches applying will  have completed a Level 2 coaching qualification, or a Coastal Sculling Award, or can demonstrate other relevant knowledge/experience. Experience within a coastal environment is an advantage but not essential. Coaches of all backgrounds and rowing environments are welcome so long as they share an aspiration to work with others to develop the performance of the GB and Home Nations Beach Sprint teams.

Programme format: The programme will be delivered virtually through six 90 minute webinar/discussion sessions, delivered between February and April, covering the following topics:

Webinar 1 – Sculling Technique on the Sea
Webinar 2 – Slalom and Turns
Webinar 3 – Sprinting and Transitions
Webinar 4 – Boat Handling/Working with Boat Handlers
Webinar 5 – Physiology and Training
Webinar 6 – Understanding and Assessing Sea Conditions

Coaches involved in the programme will also be encouraged to attend Beach Sprint training days, trials and competitions to work with other coaches and gain further practical skills and knowledge within the format.

There is no charge for this training but places are limited.

Apply here

The closing date for applications is Friday, 26 January 2024. The webinar series will begin in early February, running weekly or bi-weekly through to late March/early April.

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