The History of Rowing

A Trireme

A model of a trireme
Fig.1- A trireme

Rowing first appeared in the Mediterranean and was used by the Romans as a means of war and transportation. It was also used by the Anglo-Saxons and Norwegians to enable their famed coastal raids. It eventually found its way to 13th century England, and was used as transport on the River Thames. In the 16th century, wagering on which boats were faster began, leading to organized racing. It expanded over the next two centuries, making its entrance into universities in England, and expanded overseas. In 1872, FISA, or more commonly called the World Rowing Federation, was founded, and the sport has expanded ever since.