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ERRV Team MoBo
About the team
The Essener Ruder-Regattaverein (ERRV) is the competitive racing association of the rowing clubs in Essen, Germany. It is the organiser of one of the oldest rowing regattas in the world, the International Huegel Regatta. This regatta was first held in 1901 and every two years attracts the best rowers in the world to compete on Lake Baldeney in Essen, Germany. Such an event takes a lot of work and Essen is in the lucky position to be able to motivate over a hundred volunteers each time to make both the Huegel Regatta Series, and other national regattas held in the years in between, a continuing success. For the past thirty years, I have had the honour of supporting these events as part of the motorboat team. ERRV Team MoBo, as it is known, is responsible for logistics, transport, on-water marshalling, and umpire driving before during and after these events. Over the years Team MoBo has developed a persistent core team of 5-8 members with further members bolstering the team as required, especially for the regattas. Recently, Team MoBo has been invited to assist in numerous international rowing regattas. These include:
- International Wedau Regatta 2014 in Duisburg, Germany
- European Rowing Championships 2016 in Brandenburg / Havel, Germany
- European Rowing Junior Championships 2017 in Krefeld, Germany
- European Rowing Junior Championships 2019 in Essen, Germany
- International Wedau Regatta 2019 in Duisburg, Germany
- European Rowing Under-23 Championships 2020 in Duisburg, Germany
Given this experience, ERRV Team MoBo is arguably one of the most experienced motorboating teams in international competitive rowing.
The video above contains some impressions from the 100th International Huegel Regatta in 2018 of the work done by ERRV Team MoBo. Video © 2018 by Sebastian Ständer
Want to get involved?
We are always looking for motivated volunteers to join the team. Whether you want to give back to the sport you love, or you simply like to be out and about “messing about in boats”, we’d love to hear from you.
A motorboat license is required on most waters we operate on, but we regularly train team members to help them pass the test and get their license.