Oldřich Bubeníček

Dear friends,
After two major tests in the form of May‘s European Rowing Championships and August’s ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, next year will see a further important event at the Račice Labe Arena; the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships.
I am confident that the Czech crews and individual rowers will rise to the challenge of international competition and land a few medals from the Račice rowing channel and that we will see as many Czech flags as possible flying over the Labe Arena. The numerous major events it has hosted demonstrate that Račice is perfectly prepared and able to provide comfortable conditions for both competitors and spectators. It is therefore no surprise that the two largest events held here this year are part of the programme Ústí Region Family Silver.
I’m sure it will be an entertaining event for spectators in the stands and I wish all competitors a favourable following wind.

Oldřich Bubeníček
Governor of the Ústí region

Jiří Kejval

Dear rowing friends,
In the Czech Republic rowing has experienced a renaissance in popularity in recent years, which is in part due to the success of our
rowers on the international stage. As a result of this we have been able to attract many more young people to the sport of rowing and have
upgraded and improved rowing facilities across the country. We hope and believe that success will continue to breed success. It will therefore be a great pleasure for us to welcome the young generation of international rowers to Račice near Prague for the World Rowing Junior Championships. Based on previous experience hosting major championships here, I am confident it will be a well-organised and memorable regatta that will showcase the future of our sport and be followed enthusiastically by the public.

Jiří Kejval
President of the Czech Olympic Committee

Dušan Macháček

Dear rowing friends,

On behalf of the Czech Rowing Association, we are looking forward to next year when we will be welcoming your national teams to the
2018 World Rowing Junior Championships. The Championships are being held in Račice, a traditional rowing venue in the middle of Europe.
The European Rowing Championships 2017 were held with great success at Racice and were the latest in a series of top international rowing championships held here (1986, 1992, 2002, 2009, 2010 and 2015). Now, once again, our experienced Organising Committee is working hard to prepare the perfect conditions for next year. I look forward to welcoming you to our great venue in Račice next in August 2018.

Dušan Macháček
President, Czech Rowing Association

The Truth Will Take You Furthest, Believes the Czech Head of the Swedish Team

Simple is the life creed of Jan Knejp, originally from Prague, former rower at the Czech Rowing Club and an expert in water works, who in 1969 left for Sweden. There was a Czech wedding with the Czech nurse Ludmila, starting a family, work in his profession and long-term involvement in Swedish rowing. In Račice he is a team manager of the Swedes. And on Sunday just before the noon he celebrated gold medal thanks to "his" women’s lightweight scull with Emma Fredh!


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We Touched the Medals

Still without medals will be Saturday's rowing program at the 2017 World Championships. But everyone is looking forward to that moment, closer it is when they find new owners. Seventeen sets of Swiss-made FISA International Rowing Federation medals will be decided in Račice tomorrow, and the special edition will go to the best ladies of the women's four without a coxswain. Who will take them home? We've had a chance to see them even before the rowers, and they look like this!








Rowing Euro in Pictures - Day 1

After a long 56 years, the European Rowing Championship went to the Czech Republic. And the very first day there was plenty to watch. Directly on the rowing channel, but also outside of it. Czech fans delighted with the Sovereign Ondřej Synek with his sovereign progress to the semifinals. But we could also look behind the scenes at the upcoming battles for European precious details. See also...

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„I remember feeling bad for the crews we rowed against. I knew how hard we had trained. I knew before they did, they would lose this race.“
Bob Valerian

Venue Features

Technical Parameters of Regatta Course
  • Total length of the artificial water course is 2,350 m
  • Total width is 130 m
  • Depth of the course is about 3.5 m
  • The return lane – 30 m width
  • 8 lanes of 12.5 m width
  • Total area of regatta course is 73 hectares
  • Asphalt road circling the channel
  • Constant water level kept by water filling if necessary
  • 6 pontoons
Finish Tower
  • Provides the perfect conditions for all activities connected with race operations
  • Total area of 600 m2
  • Operations Centre
  • Jury
  • Judges
  • VIP meeting room with observation deck on the top floor
Spectator’s Area
  • Grandstands for 5,000 spectators
  • Parking area for several thousand cars
  • Food and beverage sales points
  • Information services (including a souvenir programme and daily results and start list summaries, giant TV monitor)
  • Merchandising and marketplace
  • Medical services
  • Banking services
  • Grandstand with wheelchair access
  • Ceremonies in front of grandstands