Prague-Hamburg Rowing Race: Feast of water sports
By the end of September, the longest and most extreme eight stage race start in Prague. The race is open not only to professionals, but also to all interested people and lovers of water sports.
“The race is divided into three categories – Elite, Challenge and Open. While Elite is designated for elite athletes who need to qualify, Challenge category features licensed rowers and all those are interested in the public can register in Open category,” says sport director Daniel Chalupa.
Prague-Hamburg Rowing Race is a real challenge – the shortest stage has 53 kilometres.
“I admit that in my 10 years of active racing I have no experience with this distance. I dare saying that it will not be easy at all, both physically and mentally,” Chalupa thinks.
The 850km race requires a specific organization and logistics.
“We have been working for almost a year on the technical side of the event,” explains technical director Jan Hintnaus. “All the boats registered in race need very special treatment. It is not possible just to get into water somewhere, jump in it and go,” adds Hintnaus.
Other specifics of the race are the location and anchoring the boats, their transport or suitable accommodation for athletes.
“The accommodation depends on categories. We care about racer’s comfort and privacy to regenerate for the next day. Tent cities will be built on shore with catering and all social facilities,” explains Hintnaus.
The unique race starts on 30 September in the historic centre of Prague and will lead to Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany.
“The race is absolutely unique with its overall length and the possibility of engaging a variety of ships. In my point of view it is a feast of water sports,” encloses Hintnaus.