Rowing shells are human-powered and wind-powered racing boats. Rowing shells are thick, narrow, long, and light in weight. The word ‘shell’ is used in reference to these boats, as the thickness of the hull ranges from 1/8″ to 1/4″, thus making these lightweight. Rowing shells used for racing are narrow, while those used for recreation are wide. Presently, these boats are made from composite materials such as fiberglass, wood, and carbon fiber. Oars are used to row the rowing shells. The design of a rowing shell has evolved over thousands of years to improve efficiency and speed. There are two types of rowing, sculls and sweep. A scull is different from a sweep in terms of the number of oars rower handles. In sculling, each rower uses two oars, while in sweep rowing each rower has one oar. Users can propel themselves with the help of a single oar in sweep rowing. Scull and sweep rowing are low-impact activities that can improve strength, flexibility, and aerobic fitness. It can be undertaken as a hobby, competitive sport, or as a fun activity during the holidays. The activities can be done on lakes, rivers, and in seas. Rowing shells can be used in competitive water sports such as racing and slipping through whitewater rapids due to their aerodynamic design.
Demand for rowing shells is anticipated to increase at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Increase in awareness about leading a healthy lifestyle and rise in interest in rowing as a sport are key drivers of the rowing shells market. Rise in participation in soft adventure sport activities and increase in the number of water sports enthusiasts are boosting the rowing shells market. Major players operating in the rowing shells market have been using aggressive marketing strategies and diversifying their product portfolios to improve their position in the market. This has increased availability of a variety of rowing shells in the market, primarily in terms of quality, size, utility, and capacity. This has helped in the expansion of the market.
The global rowing shells market can be segmented based on type of boat, outer layer, and region. In terms of type of boat, the market can be classified into sweep and scull. The sweep segment can be sub-segmented into pair, four without coxswain, four with coxswain, and eight. The scull segment can be divided into single scull, double scull, and quadruple scull. Based on outer layer, the rowing shells market can be categorized into wood, fiberglass, composite, sandwich, and others. In terms of region, the global rowing shells market can be segregated into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America. North America is anticipated to be a major region for the rowing shells market during the forecast period due to well-established infrastructure for rowing sports competitions, large number of rowing shells enthusiasts, increase in the number of sports championships, and rise in rowing shells manufacturing units in the region. Asia Pacific and Europe and are likely to hold large share of the global rowing shells market due the increase in the number of water sporting activities in these regions.
Key players operating in the global rowing shells market include Ripple, WinTech, POCOCK, ECHO ROWING, Row Alden, Maas Boat Company, Durham Boat Company, Virginia Rowing Company, ELITE ROWING, Inc., Empacher, FILIPPI LIDO SRL, and Fluidesign Inc. These players are anticipated to sponsor events and championships in the next few years. The replacement rates of the equipment is expected to rise due to the introduction of technological advancements by major players.
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