Meeting from 29.09. to 02.10.2017 Inn and Lake Chiemsee

     Day 1: From Rosenheim to Wasserburg - a rowing event on the Inn River

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 6.30h Get up in joyful anticipation!
Today is the first day of an auspicious three days of rowing by the International Fellowship of Rowing Rotarians, a fledgling association of rowing Rotarians that combines sport, nature experience and Rotarian friendship.

After the details and organizational steps for the next three days were discussed at dinner the night before and the last of the teams had arrived in Rosenheim by midnight, we can now get started!
7 o'clock breakfast, a last straightening of the necessary utensils and then it goes to the boathouse of the Rosenheim rowing club. This should not hide the fact that the realization of these rowing trips on the Inn had already experienced many months of meticulous preparations, so on the one hand by the friend Paul Geisenhofer of the RC Rosenheim-Innstadt on the spot, as well as the friends Hartmut Jaeger and Wolfgang Litzenburger of the RC Mainz, who took over the coordination for the members of the Fellowship.

Impressive for the "out-of-town" rowers from various rowing and Rotary clubs from Mainz, Worms, Darmstadt, Simmern, Frankfurt and Prien were the wonderful, very well equipped and maintained boat and rowing house on the banks of the Inn. The still relatively young rowing club has created this with a lot of commitment and own work, many of the rowing boats were lovingly reworked "second hand" and made available to the out-of-town rowers generously and well prepared.

After the usual preparations of the boats, four gig boats could then be brought to the northern limit of the Rosenheim barrage with special "boat transport racks" and then be launched.

Since the Inn, in contrary to the Rhine, on which most of the guests usually row, is provided with many barrages, two of these "transport racks were also carried along with the boats. Perhaps this explains why we did not encounter any other boats - neither rowboats nor canoes - on the Inn during the following two days. The transports of the boats around the respective barrages are necessary several times a day and quite demanding, since the places for disembarking and embarking or lifting out and putting down the rowing boat can be quite complex. On the other hand, these activities were rewarded by the wonderful, lonely and quiet nature that the Inn offers without any other boat activity. Few rivers in Germany seem as sparsely populated and natural as the Inn, even between two smaller towns like Rosenheim and Wasserburg.

The "rowing feeling" was characterized by the friendly and affectionate interaction of Rotarian friends, some of whom met here for the first time. Especially when the "rowing rhythm" could really flow, there was also an "enthusiasm in the moment" that "mono-sports" cannot offer. Watching storks and herons gliding over the Inn then had a special magic in it.

Saturday was marked by 32 kilometers of rowing, but quite interrupted by convivial breaks, such as a midday snack in the Fischerstübel below the monastery Attel. Even if its official address is "Elend 1", the mood of the IFFoR troop among the Rotarians was exuberant and enthusiastic.

The arrival in the evening at the rowing club Babensham-Wasserburg was obligatory connected with the preparation of the boats, sculls and utensils for the night, because on Sunday morning it should go from here immediately further the Inn to the north.
The evening itself was then spent in the magnificent historic old town of Wasserburg and at the convivial dinner the day could be relived in conversation, before one could then already look forward to the next rowing day.

Jochen Blum
RC Mainz

    2. Tag von Wasserburg bis Jettenbach

Boathouse on the Inn

In the evening on 30.09.2017 we could strengthen ourselves in Wasserburg in the cozy circle of 18 active and 5 passive rowers (inside) and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of the old town.
In the morning of October 01, we made our 4 rowing boats (2 double - four; 1 four with coxswain; 1 two with coxswain) ready to go. Thankfully we had been allowed to store all our rowing equipment at the rowing club Babensham-Wasserburg the night before and could enjoy the great hospitality.

The current has it in itself, the weather looked quite gloomy at first, but we were rewarded! Practically without rain we experienced the untouched nature, without ships, motorboats, etc.. In fact, we did not encounter a single boat and became one with nature as can be seen in the following pictures......

The oars - fours newly assembled on this rowing day - With at the cast off.

The impressive landscape from the Inn viewed virtually at the front door with mirror-smooth water...
taken by Dagmar Gillmann-Blum from Mainz as she steered the double -four:
Wolfgang Blumschein – RC Wiesbaden-Rheingau,
Simone Emmelius – RC Mainz-Aurea Moguntia,
Klaus Willimczik – RC Darmstadt-Kranichstein,
Walter Müller – RC Worms-Nibelungen im Bug verdeckt

Here during the small lunch break after the transfer of the boats at the weir Gars am Inn

The casting off turned out to be quite challenging. First, a large stone had to be moved out of the way so that the boats did not run the risk of leaking in the very strong current. With our combined forces, we were able to master this challenge as well.

Here, as well as on the entire trip, the togetherness and the TEAM spirit was the focus of this hiking trip! A very successful community experience, which could combine all virtues of rowing and the Rotarian spirit in the best way. Thus, this trip is an excellent example of how the very young "International Fellowship of Rowing Rotarians" (IFoRR) is actively working.

An impressive rowing day took after about 30 km its end in Jettenbach, the boats were loaded and brought back to the Rudersport-Club Rosenheim e.V., washed, rigged and again neatly stowed in the boathouse ...

Special thanks to the club!!!

Unsere Inn-Ruderstrecke von Rosenheim über Wasserburg nach Jettenbach 30.09.-01.10.2017

Here friend Hartmut Jaeger Rotary Club Mainz as well as from the Mainz Rowing Club and founder of IFoRR presents the Rotary pennant to friend Paul Geisendorfer RC Rosenheim-Innstadt.
In the evening we all met for a cozy dinner at the "Hirzinger" in Söllhuben. There, special appreciation was given to the main organizer Paul Geisendorfer from the Rosenheim Rowing Club, who provided all the boats, took care of provisions and worked out the rowing route.

Hans Wolfgang Blumschein
RC Wiesbaden-Rheingau

     Day 3 A new area: Lake Chiemsee in sunshine - Monday, October 1 and last day

After a foggy ride along the - invisible - Lake Simsee, we reach the Chiemsee Rowing Club, which has its boathouse not far from the "Prienavera" adventure swimming pool. Built and almost completed by the club itself and equipped with great boats, it impresses us not least with its exemplary orderliness - everything has its place here.

And off we go for the first leg. We start with three boats with such wonderful names as "Lausdirndl" or "Tollpatsch": Three fours with and without coxswain. That makes 14 rowers. That's right, there's always a bit of shrinkage! Wolfgang Blumenschein, Jan Führling and Hartmut Benning preferred the hard desk chair to the comfortable rowing bench.
After the first 4.3 nautical miles along the northern shore of the Chiemsee, the remaining rowers were rewarded with a hearty Weißwurst breakfast in Gollenshausen. Of course, not without taking a look at the Herrenchiemsee monastery. But then hurry: in Gollenshausen the moral escort is waiting!
Thus fortified, the shore leave on Herreninsel was a piece of cake. Real sandy beach paired with not inconsiderable waves due to the shipping traffic between the mainland and Herreninsel also meant that we had to pull the boats far ashore so that they didn't swim away from us.

Like every visitor, the Chapel of the Cross welcomes us as it once did the king's inspector, and we learn that the chapel has two "faces": one shows a forbidding face to the arrival, the other bids him farewell with the friendliest stone smile.

All this was experienced by our local rowing and Rotary friend Herbert Reuter from the RC Chiemsee, who incidentally also delighted us at lunch with a greeting from the convent sisters on Fraueninsel and reading fodder for future trips to Chiemsee.
Auf der Herreninsel erwartet uns auch eine exzellente Führung durch das Augustiner Chorherrenstift. Wir erleben 1200 Jahre bayerische Geschichte am historischem Ort dieses ältesten Klosters Bayerns, dessen Ursprung bis ins 7. Jh. zurückgeht.
From the canons' monastery, Ludwig II, whose fully furnished private rooms we were able to visit, supervised the construction of his Bavarian Versaille, which was never quite finished.

Of course, we explored the castle from the lake side! By the way, since the 50th birthday of our Basic Law, there is also the Constitutional Museum in the Chorherrenstift, which illustrates the creation of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany in the historic rooms of the Constitutional Convention of 1948. But unfortunately there was just as little time for this as for the permanent exhibition on the Chiemsee painters of the Munich Secession and Art Nouveau era

With an atmospheric picture that would have done honor to the Chiemsee painters, Lake Chiemsee says goodbye to us rowers. The friends who are at home on the Chiemsee and Inn will certainly be able to understand that this trip to the Upper Bavarian waters will remain an unforgettable experience for us "river boatmen from the Rhine".

And these are them - the Chiemgau rowers 2017: Jochen Blum (RC Mainz), Paul Geisenhofer (RC Rosenheim-Innstadt), Hans- Raimund Casser (RC Mainz), Philipp Jander (RC Traunstein), Dagmar Gillmann-Blum, Wolfgang Tenhaeff (RC Simmern- Hunsrück), Herbert Reuter (RC Chiemsee), Simone Emmelius (RC Mainz-Aurea Moguntia), Hans-Herrmann Schnieders (RC Simmern- Hunsrück), Michael Morath (RC Mainz), Walter Müller (RC Worms), Christof Orning, Hartmut Jaeger (RC Mainz), Klaus Willemczik (RC Darmstadt-Kranichstein), Wolfgang Litzenburger (RC Mainz). Not in the picture: Hartmut Benning (RC Mainz-Rheinhessen), Jan Führling (RC Rosenheim-Innstadt), Wolfgang Blumschein (RC Wiesbaden-Rheingau).

Simone Emmelius
RC Mainz-Aurea Moguntia

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