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Welcome to sunny Florida!

Nathan Benderson Park is proud to host the 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida USA.

The park is one of a handful of sites in the United States identified as having all the natural attributes that make up a world-class rowing and recreational facility. The park was created from a manmade borrow pit, spring fed with additional surface water holding capacity. The 161.8-hectare lake was previously used for mining sand and shell. Since then, the pit was filled by the Cooper Creek drainage basin and the underground aquifer system.

The 243-hectare community park was built to FISA racing standards and boasts 8 x 13.5 meter lanes with 50 meters of clear water between the west shore and the course and 27 meters between the wave attenuator and the course. The course is 2,180 meters long, 630 meters wide and, on average, 6 meters deep. In addition, the course has separate warm-up and cool down lanes.

The completed venue consists of a state-of-the-art floating wave attenuator platform that doubles as a dedicated TV road for broadcast requirements, exclusive 3-meter-wide paved coaches’ cycle path and a 12-hectare secure event island.

Venue highlights

• World-class rowing course
• Nine-lane protected, buoyed course
• Long-distance training
• Wave attenuator
• Coaches lane spans entire course length
• Running/biking trail encircling the picturesque 400-acre lake
• Ample parking
• Picnic areas
• World-class facilities


The regatta venue will be functional and open to training from Sunday, July 21, 2019, onward.