Pool: the history and rules of the sport

It is certainly one of the most fun and adrenaline pumping sports that has increased in popularity in recent years rowingWater sports on board boatIts purpose is to travel a stream or river using a paddle.

The meaning of the term raft comes from the English term raft, which was used in ancient times for this practice.

Rowing history

The human activity of traveling along river roads on boats is certainly very ancient. Rivers have always been the focus of human life. used as an accelerator Transportation of goods and people.

The first known achievement of anything that could be considered rafting was that of an American pioneer in 1869 John Wilsey Powell, who led an expedition to Colorado consisting of 4 boats. The enterprise initially failed, but was successfully attempted again in 1871, covering Grand Canyon And proceed to drawing a map of the territory.

To use canoeing for tourist purposes, it will be necessary to wait for the fifties, when it will be The first descent from the slopes for tourists. Instead, the new sport arrived in Europe in the 1980s, after ordering a set of canoes on the Sesia River from California. Brian Larkey To teach them the new management techniques of the new river vehicle: the canoe.

Within a few years, this sport began to be played in most parts of Europe, so much so that in 1987 the Italian Rowing Association was founded in Milan, Italy as well.
FIRaft is currently a DSA (Associated Sports System) affiliated with FICK (Italian Canoeing Federation) and part of CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee) and WRF (World Rowing Federation). It can be practiced in a touring or competitive amateur format.

Boat classes and specialties

Students: between the completed eighth year and the incomplete tenth year in the reference year
CADETS: between the tenth and fourteenth year completed in the reference year
Junior: Between the fifteenth and nineteenth years ending in the reference year
Under 23: Between 15 and 23 years of age completed in the reference year
Senior: Between 20 and 40 completed in the reference year
Masters: between year 41 and 75 completed in the reference year
Non-competitive athletes: All those who engage in amateur and non-competitive activities such as the above categories

Terms of reference
Classic proportions: The minimum distance is 3000 metres, the maximum distance is 7000 metres. Usually on this type of descent, the crews start to lurch at different intervals of time.

meander: The maximum distance is 600 meters – minimum 8 gates, maximum 14 of which minimum 2 and maximum 6 are on the ascent. In this discipline you have to go through doors placed along the river, touching or missing one of the doors will result in a penalty.

RX: maximum distance of 600 meters. It replaces H2H, or head-to-head. It’s not a timed race but a straight elimination race: Crews start from two opposite shores, can’t contact each other for a certain time, and then go head-to-head.

marathonThe minimum distance is more than 7,000m, and the maximum is 25,000m. Usually staged along less demanding rivers, all crews leave together.

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