Ratzeburg where it all started
In 1992 I organized the first single scull course for recreational rowers at the national rowing center in Ratzeburg, Northern Germany. Years of collaboration followed and countless recreational single scullers from mainly Europe were able to use the top facilities of the rowing academy.
I coached together with top coaches from the Belgian and German rowing federations. They supported the philosophy of these courses and were happy to pass on their knowledge to this group of rowers. And that on ideal rowing water without motorized pleasure craft and many possibilities to row sheltered from the wind.
As common as video recording and analysis of rowing technique is nowadays, at the time it was special. It was precisely this element that formed the heart of the course and the concept for an intensive impulse for improvement of the rowing technique. And all this during a pleasant holiday in a beautiful location.
Exactly the concept that I had in mind for years and that I thought should not only be available for the competition top but also for the recreational rowers who often form the financial basis of a rowing club.
When the rowing center decided to use the facilities almost exclusively for German top rowing, the courses were given a warm and good shelter at the rowing club of Ratzeburg in 2016, so that the concept could and can be continued seamlessly.
Second top location, the Saar
After a five-year search, I managed to find a second top location for the increasingly popular single scull courses. I found the ideal setting at Dreisbach on the Saar and the first course season started in 2011. Totally great: for the first time the Enjoyrowing/Roeiplezier logo is visible on the blades !!
The rowing center rapidly developed into a successful location, to such an extent that I wondered how I wanted to continue the company it in the meantime had become. At that time a satisfactory solution was not available, but I did not want the Saar to stop either. For these reasons, I decided in 2014 to transfer this location, including its name “Saarrowingcenter”, to a former participant of the single scull courses in Ratzeburg: Theo van den Broek. The rowing center in the Saar then took a further flight.
Andalusia adventurous and beautiful
For a long time I knew this lake from my other sport paragliding. And everytime I saw it from a bird’s eye view, I thought it would be great if the single scull courses could also be held here in the spring and autumn.
But there was nothing so I had to organize everything together. The biggest challenge of all locations so far. After a long preliminary stage, it was possible to transport the skiffs from the Spanish rowing center in Seville 100 km away to this beautifully situated lake near Algodonales. The skiff courses in Andalusia were a fact!
Since a change in the management at the rowing center in Seville, it is no longer possible to use the skiffs outside the rowing center from 2019.