With 2026 seeing coastal rowing introduced to commonwealth games - and it potentially becoming an Olympic sport by the year 2028, Carrick Rowing Club based in Falmouth is leading the way in bringing the new and exciting sport to Cornwall.

After starting during the lockdown, the club has seen huge success with a crew coming 13th in the World Coastal Rowing Championships (2nd in GB) as well as small teams entering at various British Offshore Rowing Championship across the year.

Carrick Rowing Club first founded in 2020 with help and support from the National Maritime Museum as a fine and coastal club.

Two years on Carrick is the only coastal rowing club in the whole county and is one of only three sliding seat clubs across the Duchy, including Greenbank and Castle Dore.

Penny Chuter, Carrick Rowing Club coach and former chief coach of British International rowing, said: "I was part of that early foundation group with Carrick.

"I just enjoy rowing and even now I get a real thrill in helping people improve. Coastal rowing has been going for around 20 years but it’s still young in the UK.

"Overall people have contributed to the successes of the club.

"Those successes have been acquired by people of a younger age and people of an older age both men and women.

"It really has been a combined effort."

Falmouth Packet: Mixed C4x at Exmouth. Picture: Tom HurleyMixed C4x at Exmouth. Picture: Tom Hurley

Now the coastal season has ended and the club has taken home the trophy for the South West Coastal Rowing Mixed Champions and came third in the South West league overall.

Carrick now hopes to continue to inspire people to get involved in the benefits of the exciting sport in Cornwall.

Harry Gooby, Coastal Captain at Carrick Rowing Club, said: "It’s been my ambition for most of the last decade of my life to bring sliding seat Coastal Rowing to the South Cornish Coast.

"Having it now so well established at the heart of Carrick Rowing club is the perfect scenario and a dream come true.

"The club has huge wealth of rowers with a plethora of knowledge and tenacity, all are keen to share and pass on their experience to other members regardless of their skill or time as a rower.

"There’s a great atmosphere for teaching and learning."