Sulkava Rowing Race is Finland’s biggest rowing event that has gathered in its best years over 10 000 rowers and over 20 000 visitors. In most categories the route is approximately 60 km, except in two days tour rowing, it is 70 km. These two routes take the rowers around the Isle of Partalansaari where the rowers can enjoy the beautiful Finnish nature while competing. 30 km Stadium-Linnavuori-Stadium offers good alternative for 60km route for those who prefer shorter distance.
During the weekend there are starts where rowers can participate in small boats, special boats and Sulkava long boats, in addition the Finnish Championship -starts will be rowed. There are four different categories which are: Single, Paddle Sculling (one pair of oars and a paddle), Double Sculling (two pairs of oars) and team of rowers (special boats and Sulkava long boats). Please note, these are all wooden boat categories. However, canoes and kayaks are also welcome!
Sulkava long boat crew consists of 14 rowers and a cox who paces them. Each rower has one oar and rows on a seat with slides. The cox also steers the boat and cheers the rowers to their performance. The event always ends on the second Sunday of July.