Sulkava Rowing Race, also known as one of the world’s biggest rowing events, is approaching in July. It all started in 1968 on the 14th of July as 21 boats competed of rowing around Partalansaari for the first time. All boats reached the 12 hour time limit and the fastest rowers were Antero Tiainen and Esko Miettinen with a time of 7.32,05. The event kept growing over the following years and two years later it was called “The grand Sulkava rowing race”. Over the history of 49 years the largest amount of participants during one year has reached the astonishing limit of 10 000 people.