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Free Video "Introduction to Rowing a Virus Scull" is included with each boat!
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Any time is the best time for rowing on Longboat Key, rowing at it's best in Florida. The water is "thin", the days are sunny (mostly), and the temps are in the 70's – 80's. Learn to row in Virus sculls or if you are a rower, pay us a visit and take a boat out. To the "pros" we can offer the thrill of rowing a vintage (40years young) Staempfli 70kg shell and a MAAS – flyweight shell. We even have a sea kayak or two for the narrow spots through the Mangroves.

Sarasota / Longboat Key makes for a perfect break during wintertime. Our area is full of wonderful spots for the arts, places to go, beaches to linger, eateries to endulge and miles of free water space to row it all off again.

2005 Events

Demos every where in North America

If you are interested in trying a Virus rowing scull call us for the closest contact. We will be swift in making the connections with enthusiastic Virus scullers.

Amelia Island, Jacksonville Florida - Virus Rowing Boats Demo and “learn to row” day

November 19th 2005 11am-2pm At Kayak Amelia with Ray and Jody Hetchka, 13030 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226. For more information call 1.904.251.0016 or e-mail Ray and Jody (

For direction call Ray of Jody or get a map from MapQuest.

We will be there with the Yole, Turbo IIs Classic and Wing, and the Seadogshell “the parkis”

We hope to see you then.

Where to discover rowing
and have a good time.

Longboat Key (Sarasota) Florida - Row in calm and open waters. Row the bay or out into the Gulf of Mexico. Introduction to rowing a Scull, one on one, in 60 minutes. Start in stable boats with instant gratification. Introductions are gratis with the purchase of a boat. Or $25.00 for the Hour. After a first introduction, boats can be rented for modest fees of $13-20.00 /hr. Rowing Virus Boats for exercise and pure pleasure is a whole new experience. Rowing is a fast growing sport in North America.

Contact or call Urs Wunderli at 1 888 767 8824 for details.

Attractive weekdays or weekend packages can be arranged by the Florida Vacation Connection, Longboat Key – call Michele Lynn Knuese at 1.941.387.9709 or e-mail We too are happy to recommend and assist in booking your accommodations.

Maine - the Town of Orland – Orland River Day is held in June and Alvion and Cynthia Kimball eagerly participate – see the pictures of that day. Check out the Kimball’s B&B – the Orland House. or call Alvion or Cynthia, the Innkeepers at 207.469.1144. The Orland house has Virus Sculls available to row the wonderful and calm Orland River. It is a perfect spot. Don't miss this year's event!

California - Row on Morro Bay with Rick Hernandez at Baywood Park (Central Coast). Mapquest Directions. There are both the Turbo II Wing and Yole Club available for demos and test rows. Call Virus Rowing Sculls - Rick Hernandez for more information at 805.528.7078 or e-mail

British Columbia (Canada) - Victoria - visit West Coast Rowing. Howard and Marilyn Campbell offer convenient "learn to row" programs and rowing clinics for the advanced. Rentals and scheduled tours in stable boats. For more info contact Howie or Marilyn on the web at West Coast Rowing or 250.727.0966.

Visit a Virus Representative nearest you (see list for contact info.)

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