• Greetings from the Minister President of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia

    Greeting by the Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst,

    to the 2023 European Rowing U 23 Championships in Krefeld


    Dear athletes,

    dear fans of rowing,

    dear guests,

    welcome to the sports state of North Rhine-Westphalia! We hope you can experience the warmth, hospitality and huge enthusiasm the people in our state have for sports!

    This year, the best young athletes from around 40 nations will be rowing in Krefeld for the title of European Champion. Lake Elfrath offers the best conditions for this international regatta, which is the most important competition for European rowers in the U23 category after the World Championships.

    I would like to thank the Crefelder Ruder-Club 1883 e. V. and its many volunteers for their great commitment to organising these European Championships. With great passion and enormous team spirit, they show why their club is able to celebrate its 140th anniversary this year as well as so many sporting successes. I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart and with best wishes.

    I hope you all have an exciting competition on the water and a good time!


    Hendrik Wüst MdL

  • Greetings from the Lord Mayor of the City of Krefeld

    Greetings from the Lord Mayor of the City of Krefeld

    Dear participants and guests of the 2023 European Rowing Under 23 Championships,

    Frank Meyer Lord Mayor of the City of Krefeld
    Frank Meyer – Lord Mayor of the City of Krefeld

    In May 2017, Krefeld hosted the prestigious European Rowing Under 19 Championships and it was an unforgettable experience. Over 15,000 visitors flocked to Lake Elfrath on that beautiful weekend to witness the world’s top athletes compete, and they were able to witness thrilling competitions and revel in an incredible atmosphere. Teams from 33 countries celebrated a peaceful and joyous event alongside Krefeld’s passionate sports fans.

    For this year, we are honoured to have the opportunity to host another exciting international tournament at Lake Elfrath: European Rowing Under 23 Championships. Hosting the event will be the Crefelder Ruder-Club 1883 (CRC), which boasts an excellent infrastructure on site, meeting the highest standards. Lake Elfrath, known in Krefeld as the “E-See” for short, offers a wonderful backdrop for the event, providing beautiful lakeside areas to view the competitions.

    We are proud of Krefeld’s rich history of hosting international sporting events, including hockey and ice hockey competitions. The citizens of Krefeld are not only passionate about sports, but are also known for their hospitality and openness. Therefore, our goal will be to provide a warm and welcoming environment for rowers from all over Europe, along with their teams, fans, and companions.

    I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the CRC and all of the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to organize this tournament. This commitment is invaluable for strengthening Krefeld’s position as a City of Sport, especially in view of the fact that the European Rowing Under 23 Championships come at just the right time: Krefeld is 650 years old this year and the CRC is also celebrating its 140th birthday. We are more than happy that Europe’s young rowing elite is joining in the celebrations!

    To all the athletes, we wish you the best of luck in your competitions and a fair and injury-free tournament. And to all the spectators, we wish you an unforgettable weekend of thrilling sportsmanship and camaraderie.

    Best regards, Frank Meyer

  • A greeting from Annamarie Phelps, OLY President, European Rowing

    Annamarie Phelps OLY President, European Rowing

    Welcome to Krefeld! European Rowing is thrilled to be back in Germany for the 2023 European Rowing Under 23 Championships.

    Annamarie Phelps OLY
    Annamarie Phelps OLY

    This event brings the best under-23 athletes from our continent to western Germany for competitive and compellingracing, showcasing our future stars. Itis the highpoint of the season for many competitors and I am particularly pleased to welcome all of the teams who have been preparing for this competition over the past weeks and months.

    The regatta course on the Elfrather See in Krefeld has proved to be a highly successful regatta venue in the past and one of Germany’s top rowing courses. It is also the 140th anniversary of the Crefelder Rowing Club this year and we are more than happy to be bringing Europe’s young rowing elite here to join the celebrations.

    I would especially like to thank the organising committee and the large number of volunteers without whom this event would not be possible and to welcome the stars of the show, our athletes, their coaches, support staff and, of course, the fans and supporters to Krefeld and its environs for a great weekend of racing.

    Viel Glück; here’s to a wonderful event!

    Annamarie Phelps OLY

  • Greetings from the Chairman of the Crefeld Rowing Club
    Dear Athletes, dear Representatives of World Rowing and National Associations, dear Rowing Fans, dear Guests, On behalf of the entire Organisation Committee as well as the complete Crefelder Ruder-Club 1883 e.V. membership I take pleasure in welcoming you to Lake Elfrath in Krefeld. Having hosted many national and international regattas, our club has acquired the knowledge and the experience to be able to organise and host these European Rowing Under 23 Championships. This event is the largest and most significant of our 140 year history.< This huge sporting event is also a highlight for Krefeld as host city as part of its busy calendar while celebrating the 650th anniversary of its founding. Many members and friends of club have spared no efforts to ensure that this highlight will remain a wonderful and unforgettable memory for years to come. I look forward to a sunny regatta weekend with you, our friends from 25 European countries. My wishes for you athletes and coaches as well as for you as spectators include fair and exciting races, thrilling entertainment and lots of fun with each other. With best personal regards Christoph Lüke President Crefelder Ruder-Club 1883 e.V.