2007_07_fisausa.jpgThe 2007 FISA Rowing Tour USA makes a stop in New York City today by rowing around the isle of Manhattan. The last leg of the week-long rowing tour is a "Row Around New York" where participants will row 30 miles around the island. The boats began at 6 am today at Pier 40 (Houston St. and the Hudson River) and should finish there at around 5 pm. Participating rowers, there are 70 of them, hail from 17 different countries with ano additional 50 rowers from the New York area.

Here's what's left of the schedule. All times approximate:

The boats will continue up the East River and gather at Socrates Park in Queens at 9:30 am. The rowers will then travel to 96th Street and FDR Drive, arriving at 10:00 am. By 11:00 am they will pass Roberto Clemente Park, marking the last time the boats will be in plain view until they reach Inwood Park at 2:00 pm. By 2:30 pm they will pass Dyckman Street and Riverside Drive. At 4:00 pm rowers will pass Pier 84 at 44th Street and will finally return to Pier 40 at approximately 5:00 pm.

Because participating in the event wasn't hard enough, the rowers will probably be splashed by water (possibly ingesting it too) in the East River, Harlem River and Hudson Rivers as well.

Lest you be concerned for their safety, participants won't be in traditional rowing shells, but in historic Whitehall boats. The "Row Around New York" is the last stage of the 2007 FISA Rowing Tour USA and the first time the event is in New York. The first stage was from Bellows Falls, VT to Essex CT and the second was from Avery Point to Mystic, CT.

FISA is working with Floating the Apple which seeks to restore access to the public waterways and reintroduce the public to rowing and sailing.