The Croatian rowing elite was led by last year's winner of the men's single sculls, Damir Martin, from the country's World Champion men's quadruple sculls. But this was not Martin's year. Martin was joined at the regatta by two of his team mates from the quad, Martin Sinkovic and David Sain. Stroke of the quad Valent Sinkovic sat out due to injuries. Valent had to watch the regatta from the bleachers for the first time. The competition was also honoured to host names like Luka Spik (Slovenia) and Kaspar Taimsoo (Estonia).

The Croatia Open served as an overture for the upcoming World and European Junior and Senior Championships, the results giving insight into rankings that may be expected in the coming months. The competition was a memorial regatta dedicated to Slavko Matoc, the founder of the Croatia Open.

On the first day of the competition, one of the most interesting races was the junior men’s single sculls, with 67 athletes competing. The winner was Tomislav Sain (Croatia), silver went to Ziga Zaric (Slovenia) and bronze to Yasin Goler from Turkey.

Among the senior men's singles were Spik and Milos Vasic from Serbia. The gold went to Martin Sinkovic, Vasic took silver, while the bronze went to Damir Martin, who has struggled this season with injury. Martin commented he was about 500km short of training otherwise the race may have had a different outcome. Sinkovic and Martin went on to race in men’s double sculls the next day.
A mixture of delight and exhaustion as Germany and New Zealand's lightweight women's double sculls cross the line of the A-final at the 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria

Anne Malvine Svennung from Sweden won the women's single sculls ahead of Marcela Milosevic of Croatia - a bronze medallist from the 2013 Mediterranean Games. The bronze went to Lisa Farthofer from Austria.

The memorial race in the junior men’s pair “Niko-Jure” was held in honour of the young rowers from Croatia that lost their lives in the war of 1991. The race had 33 crews and was won by Ferdinand Querfeld and Christoph Seifriedsberger of Austria. Erencan Aslan and Gokhan Guven of Turkey were second and Marko Ristic and Zoran Rajic of Serbia were third.

Thirty-seven finals were held on the second day of the Croatia Open.
The men’s four was an especially noteworthy race. The Croatian Rowing Federation team took the gold followed by Serbia and Turkey. The Croatian team consisted of Stjepan Piric, Vjekoslav Kolobaric, Marin Begovic and Ante Janjic.
Wind, waves and current pushed these boats into each other right off the start in the sprint race of the mixed quadruple sculls at the 2013 World Rowing Coastal Championships in Helsingborg, Sweden.

The senior men's single was also held on the second day of the competition. Martin Sinkovic was victorious yet again, followed by Vasic and Radoje Đerić of Serbia was in third.

In the men’s lightweight senior double sculls race Turkey took the gold, followed by Vedran Radonic and Dino Rupcic from Croatia and Richard and Matus Vanco from Slovakia came in third.
This year had the greatest number of rowers in the history of the Croatian Open and beautiful weather was enjoyed on both days of racing.

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