Highlights 2016


From January 2016, we’ve changed the way we look and talk. Our fresh new design reflects the bright future of world class rowing in Switzerland. Our new name, Lucerne Regatta, emphasizes our close links with the host city; the change to English underlines the event’s global reach. Our new online presence is another clear sign of our forward-looking strategy.



The “Naturarena Rotsee” organization was founded in 2010. Its aim is to ensure a successful future for rowing in Lucerne. The key is modernization of the lakeside infrastructure in harmony with the Rotsee’s role as a special conservancy and leisure area. With a budget of 16 million francs, the step-by-step project reaches final completion this May. The result will be a unique combination of world class rowing venue and nature reserve.

Find out more on www.naturarena.ch
(in German only)

Lucerne Regatta

Lucerne Regatta Association has been writing rowing history for over a century. Founded in 1903, its name was its aim: to run regattas in Lucerne. In 1933, racing moved to the Rotsee. The first-ever World Championships took place here in 1962.

Lucerne was host again in 1974, when women and lightweights joined the program. The Worlds returned in 1982 and 2001; Lucerne has also staged four European Championships and hosts the annual Swiss Championships.

More details about our organisation you can find here






The best rowers of the world are our guests in Lucerne. The Lake Rotsee is known as the ‘Wimbledon of Rowing’ and offers the most fair rowing conditions worldwide. The Lucerne Regatta Association is writing history for more than 100 years and the Lucerne Regatta is the traditional venue for the final of the World Rowing Cup.

To win at the Lucerne Regatta is one of the highlights in a rowers international career. The spectators experience athletics, excitement and emotions first-hand. Every year, more then 900 athletes from 50 nations are travelling to Lucerne.


Not only rowers love the beauty of the so-called ‚lake of the gods’. Also families, walkers, recreational sportspersons and nature lovers are attracted by the area. The idyllic location and the magnificent nature are absolutely unique and very easy to reach for the citizens of Lucerne and it’s neighbouring cities. The Lake Rotsee is the perfect local recreation area, which offers everyone relaxation and distraction of the stressful everyday life.

The peace and protected location is also appreciated by many water birds and other animal and plant species. That’s why the Rotsee isn’t only the perfect Lake for the rowing sport, it is also a nature reserve. The visitors care about the abundance and variety of flora and fauna. Therefore the nature reserve is to be retained.

Thomas Keller Medal

On Saturday evening of the Lucerne Regatta weekend, the Rowing Night takes place at the Hotel Palace. The highlight of the evening is the award of the Thomas Keller Medal.

The Thomas Keller Medal is the most valuable award in rowing. Its winners are looking back on an extraordinary international rowing career with exemplary fair play.

The Medal consists of 18-carat gold and is named after the former FISA President and Swiss rower Thomas Keller (1924–1989).

Previous winners of the Thomas Keller Medal:

1990: Alf John Hansen (Norway)
1991: Thomas Greiner (Germany)
1994: Juri Pimenow (Russia)
1996: Francesco Esposito (Italy)
1996: Nikolai Pimenov (Russia)
1996: Rolf Thorsen (Norway)
1997: Giuseppe Abbagnale (Italy)
1997: Carmine Abbagnale (Italy)
1997: Jana Sorgers (Germany)
1997: Thomas Lange (Germany)
1998: Kerstin Köppen (Germany)
1998: Roland Baar (Germany)
1999: Silken Laumann (Canada)
1999: Kathleen Heddle (Canada)
2001: Steven Redgrave (UK)
2002: Marnie McBean (Canada)

2003: Peter Antonie (Australia)
2004: Nico Rienks (Netherlands)
2005: Matthew Pinsent (UK)
2006: Agostino Abbagnale (Italy)
2007: Mike McKay (Australia)
2008: Elisabeta Lipă (Romania)
2009: Kathrin Boron (Germany)
2010: James Tomkins (Australia)
2011: Jüri Jaanson (Estonia)
2012: Václav Chalupa (Czech Republic)
2013: Eskild Ebbesen (Denmark)
2014: Drew Ginn (Australia)
2015: Iztok Čop (Slovenia)
2016: Caroline Evers-Swindell / Georgina Evers-Swindell (New Zealand)