Sarasota Hosts 2017 World Rowing Championships

Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota is the site for the 2017 World Rowing Championships from September 24 to October 1, 2017.

There will be seven events for men, six for women, five for lightweight men, three for lightweight women, and five for para-rowing. Teams from over 70 countries are expected to participate. It is the first time in more than 20 years that the event will take place in the United States.

The Opening Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017. The event will feature a number of local acts including, Circus Sarasota (Circus Arts Conservatory and Sailor Circus), Jah Movement Reggae Band, Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, Sarasota Pops Orchestra, Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Team, and Florida Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

Tickets are available for purchase on event’s website: The site also provides information about opportunities to volunteer and get involved. On the final day of competition a special Row for a Cure Event is scheduled to raise money and awareness for women affected by breast cancer.

Live audio commentary and live race tracker will be available for ALL races and live video streaming will be available for the A/B Semifinals and the A-finals on

To learn more about the 2017 World Rowing World Championships, visit