Boating skills

The race course is nearly 23 kilometres long, and its route through central Amsterdam – with all its low bridges and big canal cruise boats to navigate around – presents a challenge for even the most hardened rowers and helmsmen. The race starts behind the Jan Schaefferbrug in the IJhaven and finishes at the Oosterdok, making it easy for spectators to follow the action on foot or by bike.

Head to the Grachtenrace website for more information.

[Image: J.P. Vroemen]