Phil Monckton (East Canada)
I have been involved in the sport of rowing for almost five decades, as a competitor, coach and administrator. A few years ago, a friend in Norway introduced me to coastal rowing and Liteboat. Although I was initially intimidated by the waves on the Oslo Fjord, coastal rowing caught my fancy. So, next I had to buy a Liteboat for use at our cottage in Nova Scotia. But there was no Liteboat dealer in Eastern Canada. So, instead of buying one boat, I bought a container load of boats. And here we are.
Over the past 3 years we have seen tremendous growth in Canada, not just in coastal rowing but in recreational rowing. Clubs are realizing the value of having Liteboats in their fleet. Because of their versatility, Liteboats are often the most used boats at the Club. Plus we are seeing interest from individuals who want to enjoy rowing in a boat that is stable and fun. As coastal racing becomes more prevalent, we expect to see more growth in the sport within Canada.