Last weekend I visited Peurunka Rowing Competition (Peurunkasoutu) as a member of the audience and the support team for a couple of my friends who were in the competition. There were separate classes for single rowing, bi-stroke rowing (one pair of oars and a paddle), couple rowing (two pairs of oars), kayaks/canoes and long boats (so called church boats).
The big church boats were going really fast, the teams were practicing for the biggest rowing competition in Finland, Sulkavan Suursoudut in July. The race was 10 km in two loops around lake Peurunka.
Start of the small boats.
Long boat winners’ last strokes.