Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England will compete in a brand new rowing competition next year with the introduction of the Home International Rowing Beach Sprints, an exciting addition to the rowing calendar and one which helps to grow the pathway of this emerging international discipline across the home nations.

The introduction of a new Beach Sprints format has been approved by the HIR General Management Committee with the support of British Rowing, Rowing Ireland, Scottish Rowing and Welsh Rowing.

Scotland will host the inaugural HIR Beach Sprints on Saturday 20 August 2022 with teams of 4 junior athletes and 4 senior athletes competing across the day in coastal solos and mixed doubles. The 2023 event will see the introduction of men’s and women’s doubles.

The Beach Sprint format starts with a sprint on the beach of between 10m and 50m. After entering the boat, the boat slaloms around two buoys then turns around a third buoy at 250m and rows straight back to the beach before one of the rowers exits the boat and runs to the finish line.

More details are available in the download below.