“Canal du Midi” Boat Race

Canal du idi
France’s Canal du Midi

A less known sporting event that takes place in August each year since 1982 is the “Canal du Midi Boat Race”.
Canal du Midi is of course the artificial “river” that links Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea built in the second half of the 17th century by Pierre Paul de Riquet.
The competition gathers more then 200 rowing enthusiasts from all over the world.
The event, organized by the “Toulouse Pierre Paul de Riquet” Association with the support of French Rowing Federation, lasts 6 days during which time the teams row their way on the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to the Naurouze at the watershed point and further to Béziers where the canal meets the Mediterranean sea – covering around a 200km distance and crossing 48 locks.
The teams consist of athletes that take turns on boats of four rowers and a coxswain.
The locks are crossed …by feet, the boat being lifted and transferred to the next canal segment in chariots.
Canal du Midi Boat Race
Canal du Midi Boat Race

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