Join the Coastal Barbarians

Join the Coastal Barbarians as we train for coastal rowing events in the UK; national competitions across Europe and the next World Rowing Coastal Rowing Championships in Oeiras, Portugal in 1-3 October 2021 – and then Wales in 2022.


The Coastal Barbarians go on tour to coastal rowing events


Row For Life supports the Coastal Barbarians providing access to its coastal rowing boats at the Coastal Rowing Centre, Studland Bay, Dorset.

Row for Life’s Liteboats (predominately LiteRace 1X) are ideal for novice coastal rowers through to experienced athletes.

Alternatively you can bring your own coastal rowing boat and join in. Please let us know if you are coming down, especially if you are bringing a trailer as we can help arrange parking and access to the slipway.

If you want specific coaching let us know. If you want to know more about the level of athletes in a specific outing, just ask as we will try to match you with a suitable group.

Studland Bay is an ideal location for training, the large bay normally offers a range of sea conditions suitable for novices through to experienced Coastal Barbarians, changing with the weather.

The Coastal Barbarians is a ‘vehicle’ to bring individuals and members of different (often river) rowing clubs together to train and compete.


Typically there are two formats for coastal rowing events; the long distance ‘Enduro’ coastal races which range from 4km to 8km; and Beach Sprints over a 250m out and 250m back course.

At the World Champs, British Champs heats are 4km, finals 6km. In the South West Coastal Rowing League (SWCRL) there are typically 8km races for Mens quads and Womens quads, then 4 km races for Masters quads, Novice quads, doubles and singles.

At the Coastal Rowing Centre we primarily train for Enduro racing with distance endurance training, but all the sea crafts and experience you gain is useful for Beach Sprints.


 The Coastal Barbarians go to many events with a trailer full of Liteboats. You can book a boat, turn up and row.  Some Coastal Barbarians bring their own FISA boats; which is great.

We also put crews together for quads; we are often asked by clubs to help make up crews; we do what we can to get as many people racing as possible.

In the SWCRL many people enter a couple of events during the day, giving you plenty of time on the water.


To train with and go on tour with the Coastal Barbarian contact

This is part of Row For Life’s commitment to the growing coastal rowing community.

Feel free to drop us a line at or call 01305 257 774