This is our initial and still tentative listing of our 2023 rowing trips. Some are ready for booking now. Others will be soon. For some destinations, we know the general timing but do not have details yet. In a few cases a destination is listed, but we are not sure whether the tour will be possible or not. Watch for updates in our newsletters and social media. Let us know if you are interested in a private departure or a customized trip for your group or if there is somewhere where you would love to travel & row that is not on our list. Our requirement for vaccination against Covid will likely remain in place for 2023.
A unique coastal rowing trip on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island. Much of our daily rowing takes place in an urban or semi-urban setting, not far from the dock and where we parked our bicycle or car. This rowing adventure takes us into the wilderness, albeit with the comfort of a roof over our heads at night. It takes some effort to get here, but you will be richly rewarded. After a warm-up row in Ucluelet we head to our water-access only lodge. From here we will explore the waters of Barclay Sound. Bring binoculars for wildlife viewing!
Canada is a strikingly beautiful and vast country. Québec, its largest province, is especially endowed with stunning landscapes and vibrant, distinctive cultures. Proudly francophone, the province also has an English component to its history and lifestyle. Montreal and the Eastern Townships, or Montréal et les Cantons de l’est depending on your language, are the best places to explore these two key facets of Québec. Welcoming, authentic and fascinating, Montreal is truly one of the world’s great cities. By contrast, the Eastern Townships is predominately rural and wild, with rolling hills sheltering a mix of farms and forests. Lakes and rivers are everywhere. You will quickly understand why this is one of the favourite weekend and holiday playgrounds for Montrealers. Just right for our holiday too. La Belle Province is perfect for a Quebec rowing tour.
We will be rowing stunning coastlines, exploring Split and Sibinek plus beautiful Hvar Island. In an interview, the Sinkovic brothers were described as “large, likeable, and really good at rowing.” They also seem to be very happy and adventurous. Perhaps those same attributes could be applied to a description of the country and what a Croatia rowing trip will be like. There is a reason that Croatia appears at the top of “where to go next” travel lists.
This trip showcases a spectacular part of a beautiful country, rich in history and culture. We begin in Thessaloniki, the second city after Athens. It exudes flair, character and dynamism from the diversity of ethnic groups that have touched this region. It also reputed to be Greece’s culinary and cultural capital. More rowing awaits on the gorgeous blue waters of the Aegean Sea. We will explore the eastern side of Sithonia, the middle finger of the Halkidiki Peninsula. Rugged and hilly in the interior, the coastline is stunning, lined with idyllic beach after idyllic beach. Have we mentioned the food as well as spectacular coastal rowing?
We are thrilled to return to Ireland. A rowing tour in County Cork is a lovely sampler of some of the best that Ireland has to offer. We will start in the charming city of Cork, and then explore beautiful parts of the western part of Cork County. The itinerary is still in development, but we should visit Skibbereen, on the River Ilen, the home of the famous and funny O’Donovan brothers, who won the first Olympic rowing medal for Ireland at Rio 2016. They entertained the world by describing their race strategy as “eat steak and spuds and pull like a dog”. We will have a more leisurely approach, taking time to enjoy the magnificent scenery including our rows out of Baltimore, exploring the sheltered harbour, islands and coastline. We might eat some steak and spuds, but the seafood is magnificent.
The charming village of Cannero on Lago Maggiore will be our home base for the entirety of this week-long adventure. Unpack once and settle into our four-star hotel, your new home away from home. This is a week-long retreat with targeted health coaching, wellness sessions, great food and wine, and daily rowing on one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. We will enjoy a cooking class, villa visits and time to relax and just enjoy being in Italy.
Bellagio sits on a peninsula of Lago di Como. From this beautiful base, we’ll spend our days exploring this spectacular region from coxed quads, with stops along the way to explore enchanting villages, elegant lake-side villas, and delightful gardens – as seen in Star Wars and James Bond films! We’ll also have plenty of time to “take a coffee”, enjoy a leisurely Italian lunch, stroll the waterfront, and sample the myriad flavors of gelato. This is a week-long retreat with targeted health coaching, wellness sessions, great food and wine, and LOTS of rowing in a bucket-list venue to help you build a new paradigm around food.
A legendary rowing event and a must-do at least once. Imagine Venice without motor boats for a morning. Thousands of rowed or paddled watercraft take to the waters for a 30 km “race”, which begins with a cannon shot from St. Mark’s Square. The route takes rowers through the lagoon to Burano, down to Murano and back along the famous canals to St. Marks to receive a participation medal. Rowers come from around the world, with quads, eights, various Venetian style rowing boats, plus kayaks, canoes, SUPs and anything else that moves forward with oars or paddles. Join us for a wonderful weekend in Venice. Full package that makes planning and participation easy.
Offering a unique window into the landscape, waters, history and culture of Japan, this premier test trip will be a unique and exclusive opportunity to experience rowing and culture in an exotic destination. This test tour is by invitation only. We will row on the Seto Sea, on Lake Biwa and Yokohama. In between we will enjoy many guided cultural experiences, including a visit to Hiroshima, a tour of Japan’s most amazing castle and optional Zen meditation. Our accommodation will be varied and includes a stay at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. The food will be spectacular as well.
Who wouldn’t want to row in the Caribbean during a northern winter? Add French flair, spectacular scenery, and you have the makings of a perfect rowing getaway. Imagine rowing on water that is impossibly blue not to mention warm, past lush tropical forests, and landing on white sand beaches a short walk to a refreshing coconut drink or maybe a rum punch. Our tour takes us to some of the famous communities, beaches and sights of the island. But we will also explore a bit more off the beaten path, to experience some of the loveliest but lesser known parts of this gorgeous island. A unique rowing vacation.
Straddling Europe and Asia, modern Turkey is built on a complex history that continues today. Join us to explore beautiful scenery, enjoy fabulous rowing, indulge in wonderful food and accommodation and also gain insight into the past and present of this intriguing country. Blending the best of east and west, experience three different aspects of Turkey on this rowing trip. We begin and end in Istanbul, one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Next stop is Bodrum, famous for its history and as one of Turkey’s most chic resort towns. The third part of our Turkey rowing tour places us on a more remote peninsula of the south Aegean coastline, where villages retain their fishing and sponge-diving character. Row, learn and relax in a fascinating and complex destination.
No details are available yet, but please let us know if you might be interested. We are excited!!