Coastal rowing is considerably different to Olympic rowing, where the races are run on straight lane courses, with no waves and as little wind as possible. Coastal rowing thrives on waves and windy conditions!
The attractions of coastal rowing are numerous: the stability of coastal rowing boats means it can be picked up more easily than Olympic rowing. It can be exhilarating, with winds, waves and currents an integral part of coastal rowing races.
A good awareness of tides, currents and safety, along with being a proficient swimmer, are all requirements of participating in coastal rowing.
World Rowing also has a page dedicated to coastal rowing, including information on the World Rowing Coastal Championships.