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Thread: 2018 Færing & seksaring 'raid' in Austevoll, Norway

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    Default 2018 Færing & seksaring 'raid' in Austevoll, Norway

    I had the pleasure of organizing the first rowing 'raid' in what the regional Coastal Federation hopes will become an annual event.... 'Den Store Roen'. The idea was to put together a family-friendly arrangement for traditional boats of the area with reasonable distances between stops and include cultural-historic presentations at points of interest along the route and good food to help keep spirits up.

    We planned several different routes to cover different wind and wave conditions, arranged for admission to the historic town center (located on a very small island in the archipelago because before roads, it was the sea that connected people in the town) with the present owners, rowed through a series of tidal channels with reversing direction - some hardly wider than the boats we were rowing - having timed our passage to the direction of the tidal flow.... stopped in at a local boat workshop where færing have been built for decades and passed between some hundred of the 667 islands that comprise the town.

    The raid was officially a two day event, but many of those that came from afar arrived the day before to be ready for an early start. We were lucky and had fine weather the entire weekend and the town showed itself from its best side. All in all, we rowed 20 km the first day and 12 km the second, with a number of stops along the way.

    The national Coastal Federation of Norway posted this film about the event. Its Norwegian language, but the filming is very nice and it shows just how easily these boats row... hope you can enjoy it even if you don't understand what is being said.
    Last edited by lagspiller; 09-24-2018 at 05:05 AM.

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    Default Re: 2018 Færing & seksaring 'raid' in Austevoll, Norway

    Nice. We have something similar here in the area, but I have never attended a raid like that. But I plan on doing so next year in Saltdal with Nordlandsboats.
    ;-)

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    Default Re: 2018 Færing & seksaring 'raid' in Austevoll, Norway

    Looking forward to seeing a video of that. Wouldn't mind joining either, except for the distance.

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