Nordiska Roddföreningen i Zürich grundades 1878 och är den enda samnordiska föreningen som överlevde unionsupplösningen 27 år senare. Föreningens fokus ligger på idrott – särskilt rodd – och festlig samvaro mellan nordbor i Schweiz.
På Mythenquai vid Zürich-sjöns södra strand ligger vårt vackra 100-åriga klubbhus. Vid sidan om rodden ägnar sig våra medlemmar åt att grilla, bada, eller bara koppla av från stadens stress i fin miljö. Vi hjälps åt att ordna fester med skandinavisk prägel året runt!
För att bli medlem krävs att man har fyllt 18 år och att man antingen talar ett skandinaviskt språk eller är medborgare i ett nordiskt land. Vi välkomnar nya medlemmar varje månad under vårt styrelsemöte. Föranmälan behövs inte. Närmare information om nästa styrelsemöte hittar du på www.nordiska.ch.
Storm - New Costal Skiff for Nordiska 2020
Dear rowing friends at Nordiska!
I’ve come up with the idea for Nordiska to test a coastal rowing boat on Lake Zurich during 2020 after having tested coastal rowing in rough ocean conditions (>1m waves) in Mölle, Sweden and enjoyed this very much. I have occasionally also sworn loudly when getting to Nordiska early in the morning only to find out the water conditions are too bad to go out. So why not combine fun with safety, and why not invite other Nordiska rowers in on the fun?
Lake Zurich is a quite large lake and therefore sensitive to even moderate winds which create unpleasant and sometimes even unsafe waves, which is the reason some other rowing clubs at Mythenquai have training facilities away from the lake at more calmer waters (e.g. Seeclub Zurich’s center at Eglisau). Coastal rowing boats are more stable than regular sports sculling boats and can therefore be used by experienced rowers also during winter or in waves, but on the rower’s own responsibility! The boat has been designed in Sweden by Mats Leo http://www.leocoastalrowing.com/. It is also a great boat for new sculling rowers to learn to row during good and warm water conditions. The boat model has won several gold medals in coastal rowing competitions over the last years; coastal rowing is also on the way to becoming an Olympic discipline. You’ll notice that the boat is enjoyable to row despite being heavier than a sports rowing boat. Hopefully having a C1X boat will allow us to be out on the water more, almost any time we like. No more excuses (pointing finger at myself). Since the boat is on a trolley, it is in some ways also easier to launch than regular boats, for those with back issues.
When using Storm, please consider the following items:
Launching and landing (NEW)
Only row if you are experienced and know how to get back into the boat if you fall in. You can get back in from the side or from the rear of the boat, but only if you have tested it already on other boats and know how to do it. Again, your responsibility.
PS. Fun fact: If you’re close enough to big waves (e.g. Pfannenstiel wake or Wake boarder waves), you can actually surf the waves by going in the direction of the wave propagation. Use 2-3 smaller high energy strokes to get the speed up before increasing stroke length, then feel the speed. Don’t attempt this if the water is cold or you’re inexperienced!
PS2. If desired, I will be glad to assist and guide during the first time of usage. Contact me through Whatsapp directly (telephone number in members registery) to agree on a time to meet up or grab when I’m at the boat house.
PS3. Here’s an example of what it looks like rowing in some waves with the boat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbXf5iB6F20 (the Storm C1X designer is the rower)
PS4. It would be awesome if as many as possible tried using the boat. The first rower (other than myself), achieving 100km with Storm, wins a special price!