**Statement from the local organizing committee on Hurricane Irma ** - September 12, 2017
The Sarasota/Bradenton area did not come under the direct impact of the hurricane as predicted thus, luckily, damage is limited. First and foremost, sincere thanks go to the Sarasota County Emergency Management Department and all of the local and state officials for their preparation, communication, and mobilization efforts in keeping the community safe from Hurricane Irma. Tampa and Sarasota airports are now open and operational, the official hotels, caterers and transport partners are confirmed and, effective today, Tuesday, September 12, county officials have granted the Local Organizing Committee access to continue operations at Nathan Benderson Park. As a result of months of planning and forecasting for potential storm delays, venue buildout is on schedule and the OC will be ready to host the world’s greatest rowers in Sarasota-Bradenton next week. The Manager of Athlete Services is in communication with Team Managers from each team and confirming arrival schedules. The full schedule of the 2017 World Rowing Championships will begin with the Opening Ceremony, on Saturday 23 September with racing starting on Sunday 24 September through to the final day of competition, Sunday 1 October 2017.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE EVENT
Entries for the World Rowing Championships will be released on Wednesday 13 September - stay tuned.
Live audio commentary and live race tracker will be available for ALL races on www.worldrowing.com.
Live VIDEO streaming will be available for the A/B Semifinals and the A-finals on www.worldrowing.com.
Also available on WorldRowing.com
- Startlists / Schedule
- News / Photos / Live blog / Quotes from athletes
Join the conversation …
- Use the hashtag #WRChamps
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The World Rowing Championship shall be open to all competitors who are authorized to compete by their member federation and who are eligible under the relevant rules. To represent a country in a World Rowing Championship, a competitor shall be a citizen of that country. He or she must be able to prove this by showing an official document (passport or identity card). In exceptional cases, the Executive Committee may make exceptions. Rowers may only compete at the World Rowing Championships if they have submitted a signed commitment form, according to Article 56. Each team official must have submitted a signed commitment form to FISA before accreditation may be issued at a FISA Event.
The following Olympic and Paralympic Events and International Events are offered at the World Rowing Championships:
Men (M): 1x, 2x, 2-, 2+, 4x, 4-, 8+
Women (W): 1x, 2x, 2-, 4x, 4-, 8+
Lightweight Men (LM): 1x, 2x, 2-, 4x, 4-
Lightweight Women (LW): 1x, 2x, 4x
Para-rowing: ASW1x = PR1 W1x, ASM1x = PR1 M1x, TAMix2x = PR2 Mix2x, LTAMix2x = PR3 Mix2x, LTAMix4+ = PR3 Mix4+
ABOUT THE VENUE
Situated on Florida’s West Coast just one hour south of Tampa and two hours from Orlando, in beautiful Sarasota, Florida, Nathan Benderson Park is a community park providing public access to a picturesque lake.
Nathan Benderson Park was built to FISA racing standards and has 8 x 13.5 meter lanes. The race course specifications include 2,180 meters in length, 630 meters wide and on average 6 meters deep. In addition to the race course the lake has multiple 1500 meter warm-up and cool down lanes.
Nathan Benderson Park lake was created as a man-made borrow pit, spring fed with additional surface water holding capacity. The 161.8 hectares lake was previously used for mining sand and shell. Since then, the open pit was filled by the Cooper Creek drainage basin and the underground aquifer system.
The completed venue consists of a state of the art floating wave attenuator platform that doubles as a dedicated TV lane for broadcast requirements, exclusive 3m wide paved coaches cycle path.
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