Often considered the preserve of Olympic titans and elite Oxbridge colleges, rowing is rarely viewed as a sport for the faint-hearted or non-committal. But for the EUI’s Rowing club, it is ‘’first and foremost…about pleasure and team spirit’’, its captains Matilda Greig, Raphaele Xenidis and Jonas Brendebach breezily assure EUI Life.
Those who can brave the twice-weekly 8am starts are rewarded with an unrivalled opportunity to explore the Arno river and Florence’s majestic historic centre. ‘’You’ll be surprised to find that what appears to be a tough and demanding sport is in fact an engine in your busy weekly schedule. You’ll love our morning outings and the cappuccino on the sunny riverbank afterwards’’, the captains tell EUI Life.
Keen to emphasise the health benefits and sociability of the sport, they add ‘’The EUI Rowing Club is here to teach you the basics of rowing, but also to help you enjoy the beautiful scenery offered by the Arno, Ponte Vecchio and the historic centre of Florence, to have you meet fresh faces, and to keep you fit’’.
International in scope, the rowing club organises and participates in events within and beyond Italian borders. A firm favourite in the club’s calendar is Venice’s traditional Vogalonga regatta which entails a 30 km course through the Venetian Lagoon around Murano and Burano. Recent years have also seen the club participate in sprint races under the Eiffel Tower in the Régates en Seine as well as local regattas with “toscani veri“. ‘’We want you to have as much fun as possible, while building up your technique, endurance and strength throughout the year’’ the Captains add.
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