Róðrarfelagið Knørrur is a Faroese rowing club in Tórshavn, which was founded on 28 February 1985. The club has its boat house on Skálatrøð in Tórshavn. The boats compete in the rowing competitions which are held every summer around the islands. The row boats are blue with a white line around the top of the boat. All of the boats have names from the Faroese ballad Ormurin Langi. The boats of the row club has won several Faroese Championships. One of the former rowers of the club is Olympic rower Katrin Olsen, who became Faroese Champion with Róðrarfelagið Knørrur in 1997 and 1999, before she moved to Denmark. Later she became Danish champion in a different kind of rowing; in Denmark she was rowing in a lightweight double sculler. In 2008 she participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics together with Juliane Rasmussen, they ended up as number seven in the Women's lightweight double sculls. The Faroese word for boat race or rowing competition is Kappróður.
Winner of the Faroese Championships in Rowing
The row club Knørrur has won several Faroese Championships since the club was founded in 1985. The boat Jarnbardur has won 11 Faroese Championships in the category for women in 6-mannafar boats, they won in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Jarnbardur (women 6-mannafar) is the most winning boat in the category "Women 6-mannafør" in the Faroese rowing competitions. Jallurin has won 1 Faroese Championship in the category for boys under 18 in 5-mannafar boats, they won in 2011. Knørrur won already the first year in 1985. Knørrur has won the Faroese Championship in the category 8-mannafør men four times. There are rowing competitions held around the islands every summer in village festivals. The boats who win most points after the final boat race, which is held on 28 July in Tórshavn at the Ólavsøka boat race, win the Faroese championship (FM).
The Row Boats of Knørrur
Knørrur Row Club owns seven boats:
- Jallurin, 5-mannafar, built in 2011 by Sámal Hansen, boat builder. The former boat was built in 2006, also by Hansen, and is now called Pílur.
- Tambar, 5-mannafar, built in 2008 by Kaj Hammer, boat builder.
- Pílur, 5-mannafar, previous Jallurin, built in 2006 by Sámal Hansen, boat builder.
- Jarnbardur, 6-mannafar. The club had two other boats with the name Jarnbardur prior to the present one. The first Jarnbardur was built by Hanus Jensen, the club bought it in 1990. The second Jarnbardur was built by Sámal Hansen in 2002 and the third one was built by Sámal Hansen in 2009. Jarnbardur has won the Faroese Championship (FM) eleven times in the category 6-mannafør kvinnur (rowing competition for women in boats of the size which in Faroese is called 6-mannafar, six persons row these boats, and one is steering).
- Herningur, 6-mannafar, the boat was built in 2002 by Sámal Hansen, it used to be called Jarnbardur, but now it is called Herningur, in 2010 it was used by old girls and men for the rowing competitions.
- Knørrur, 8-mannafar, built in 2000 by Sámal Hansen, boat builder. The former boat was built in 1974 by Niclas í Koltri, boat builder.
- Ormurin Langi, 10-mannafar, built in 2008 by Sámal Hansen, boat builder.
The Board of Róðrarfelagið Knørrur
- Gunnvá F. Ellingsgaard, Chairman
- Rúni Joensen, Vice chairman
- Ninna R. Ørvarodd, Chief financial officer
- Valborg Hammer, Secretary
- Petur í Gong, Board member
- Anita Poulsen, extra board member
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