The Czech Flag Bearer Was Makovička

The parade of 34 nations on the shore of the glamorous Labe Arena in Račice has

officially launched the 2017 European Rowing Championship. See Ondřej Kroutil’s

photo reportage.

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The flag bearer of the Czech team was Jakub Makovička, a 36-year- old doyen of

the team, called Makovec, a member of the four without a coxwain who was already

competing at the 2004 Athens Olympics or sitting in the golden eight in the first

renewed European Championship in Poznań 2007. Last year he returned to the

representation after he already said goodbye to the boats and the oars. In the

glorious sunset the fairly crowded spectator stands applauded Czechs Slovak brothers

and other participants. Many of them followed the ceremony from the water where

they had been finishing their last practice row. Already tomorrow at 9:55 am, duels

of rowing heroes will begin on the channel.

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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