RowmaniaFest, five years of festivals in Tulcea

The fifth edition of RowmaniaFest, a jubilee one, will take place in Tulcea between August 28th and August 30th and is organized by the Ivan Patzaichin – Mila 23 Association with the help provided by the Tulcea County Council and the Tulcea City Hall. We are waiting all those enjoying quality tourism to pay a visit to Tulcea City in the eve of this year's autumn, in order to search, tame and taste a city that means much more than a simple gate toward the Danube Delta.

The festival will last for a whole weekend and organizers see this as a magic and dynamic time for participants, full of new content and water and ground sportive activities. Those present at the event will enjoy rowing contests on the Danube River, an International Triathlon Competition and a European Triathlon Cup for juniors, as well as exhibitions, public debates and live music performed by acknowledged stars and youngsters climbing on the celebrity ladder.   

Compared to previous events, this year edition comes with a few remarkable novelties: an opening parade, to take place both on the city streets and on the water, the first edition of the international contest ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup, to take place during the same day with the third edition of Delta Rowmania Triathlon (a leg of the National Triathlon Championship) and two days of debates with international audience related to two of the most important subjects for Tulcea and the whole Danube River (the first debate is related to Danube cooperation from the Black Forest Mountains to the Black Sea – Black to Black – while the second debate relates to social integration opportunities for former convicted persons that learn an ecological craftsmanship – New houses, new chances through old crafts).

Like every year, Ivan Patzaichin will meet the guests and will be the host during the three days.

"Tulcea received us with open arms five years ago, when we launched this adventure, and I become more confident that ecotourism stands as a prosperity solution for this corner of the country. I hope this festival will contribute to confirming the good name of Danube Delta and the Tulcea County, my native places," said Ivan Patzaichin, the founder of the Festival and of the Rowmania movement.


The event is organized by Ivan Patzaichin – Mila 23 Association, under the patronage of the European Commission Representative in Romania, is co-financed by the Tulcea County Council and the Tulcea City Hall and benefits from the generosity and help provided by the partners and sponsors of the Association: DC Communication, Aqua Carpatica, Domeniile Sâmbureşti, Raiffeisen Bank, MOL România, Ciuc, Apa Nova București, Solaris, Zdrovit, the Tulcea County Gendarmerie Inspectorate, the Road Division of the Tulcea Police, the Tulcea City Police Department, the Tulcea Local Police, the Tulcea County Sports and Youth Division, the Tulcea Harbor Captain House, the "DELTA" Emergency Situations Inspectorate, the Tulcea Public Transportation Company, the Tulcea County Ambulance Service, Complex Delta, ICEM Tulcea, the Romanian Triathlon Federation, Balassi Institute – the Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, the Ecotourism Association in Romania, the Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation Administration (ARBDD), American Nautics, Egis Nautica, Tour International Danube (TID) and SUP Academy. 


Details for the Festival may be found in the program bellow:




The International Festival of Rowboats, fifth edition, August 28-30, 2015, Tulcea






Friday, August 28th


The Official opening of the fifth edition of the festival (the pontoon-promenade)



18:30 – 20:00           RowmaniaFEST 2015 opening parade    

18:30 – 19:30          The ground parade – Preview of the most important moments during the festival. The parade includes: fanfare show, horse breed parade with horses belonging to the Real Racing Tulcea Horse Club, representatives of local ethnic minorities, representatives of communities taking part in Ivan Patzaichin Competition, wheelmen and many other surprises (stage-promenade – civic square – stage – promenade)


19:30 – 19:45         Danube parade of the Romanian champions for rowing sports – Ivan Patzaichin and his guests, together with SupAcademy and members of CSM Danubius Tulcea sports club (the naval shipyard – pontoon – stage promenade)


19:45 – 20:00    Opening speech (pontoon-promenade)




20:00 – 23:00           Rock'n Row live concerts (promenade – stage)


                                InFusion Trio


Mahala Rai Banda


Saturday, August 29th


08:30 – 12:00          Delta Rowmania Triathlon – the MiniTRI contest (for youngsters aged between 9 and 12 years) (Ciuperca lake)


08:30 – 09:45           Taking over the participation kits – registration program, completing and filing in the own responsibility statements (start area, Ciuperca lake)

                                Opening of the transition zone



09:45 – 10:00           Technical meeting

10:00                       Start MiniTRI (ages between 9 and10 years)

11:00                       Start MiniTRI (ages between 11 and 12 years)


10:00 – 10:30       Official opening of the Eco Delta Crafts Fair and of the photography exhibition (Promenade)

Participants include non-governmental organizations, representatives of local minorities, manufacturers and traditional craftsmanship artisans from Danube Delta communities.

The fair will be open between August 29 and August 30, between 10AM and 6PM.  


10:30 – 14:00       The "New homes, new chances through old crafts" conference (Esplanada hotel) Debate regarding social reinsertion opportunities for former convicts that learn an ecological craft



10:30                    Discover Tulcea Quest – the official launch of urban adventure contest (promenade)

                            The contest takes place for two days, between August 29 and August 30


10:30 – 11:30           Fanfare Concert (promenade)


11:30 – 12:30       Ivan Patzaichin fishing competition – rowboats rowing contest on Danube, between teams of fishermen from the Danube Delta local communities.

(Itinerary: pontoon-promenade – 36th Mile – pontoon-promenade)



12:30 – 13:00           Awards ceremony for the winners of the Ivan Patzaichin Competition (stage – promenade)



13:30 – 17:30       Discover ROWmania – 10+1 rowboats (canoes) rowing contest – TULCEA TEAMS CONTEST (Ciuperca lake)


11:30 – 13:30         teams registration, filling in own responsibility statements, getting to know the boats


13:30 – 13:35           technical meeting, drawing of lots


13:35                       START contest (three teams series, the semifinals, the final)



16:00 – 18:00           Meeting the participants for the Tour International Danubien (TID) (Pontoon – promenade)

                                    More than 100 participants in TID arrive Saturday in Tulcea. They will leave from here to the most spectacular leg of the tour (Tulcea – Murighiol – Sfantu Gheorghe). TID means an international project that began more than 60 years ago. Teams from Danube riverine countries and from other parts of the world row for more than 2,500 kilometers, from the Danube springs to the Danube Delta.



16:00 – 20:30           2015 Tulcea ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup & Delta Rowmania Triathlon (Start area, Sala Sporturilor, 97 Isaccei street, reference marks: The Train station and Ciuperca lake)


16:00 – 20:00           Participants registration, kits taking over, FRTRI ID cards, filling in and depositing the own responsibility statements (Hall of Sports)


16:30 – 17:00          Participants acknowledgment of the bicycle contest itinerary (streets of Isaccea, Unirii, Babadag)



17:30 – 18:00           Participants acknowledgment of the swimming itinerary (Ciuperca lake)


19:00 – 20:00           ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup technical meeting (Hall of Sports)


20:00 – 20:30           Delta Rowmania Triathlon technical meeting (Hall of Sports)



17:30 – 18:00           The local communities show (I) (promenade – stage)

Promoting ethnical, language and cultural diversity from North Dobrogea.




18:00                       Award Ceremony (promenade – stage)

Discover ROWmania – 10+1 rowboats (canoes) rowing contest (the Tulcea Competition)

Delta Rowmania Triathlon – the MiniTRI contest (ages between 9 and 12 years)

Tour International Danubien (TID)



20:30 – 23:00           Rock n'Row Concerts (promenade – stage)


                                Elena Neagu & Band

                                Blue Nipple Boy



21:00 – 23:00           Film projection (Civic Square)



Sunday, August 30th


07:00 – 14:00          Tulcea ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup, part of the European triathlon circuit for juniors & Delta Rowmania Triathlon, part of the National Triathlon Circuit (Hall of Sports) (swimming – Ciuperca Lake, running and bicycle contest – streets of Isaccea, Unirii, Babadag, the Promenade)




Tulcea ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup

7AM – the opening of the transition zone for check-in (Hall of Sports)

8AM – Tulcea ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup (for males)

9:30 AM – Tulcea ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup (for females)



Delta Rowmania Triathlon

7 – 8:30 AM – taking over participation kits

10:45 AM – closing the transition zone (all equipment must be deposited at the arm rack before this moment of the day)

10:45 AM – technical meeting and warm up (start area, Ciuperca lake)

11 AM – start Olimpic (individual and relay race)

11:30 AM – start Sprint

12 AM – start Supersprint

1 PM – 3:30 PM – relaxation activities (pasta party, rehydration, shower, etc.)

2:30 PM – opening the transition area (clearing arm racks)

3 PM – competition official closing

4 PM – award ceremony



12:00 – 14:30           The "Black to Black – Cooperation from the Black Forest Mountains to the Black Sea" Conference (Esplanada Hotel)

Ideas and common projects debate between cities and communities standing between Danube springs and Danube mouths. Case studies and know-how exchanges between Romanian and German participants (Esplanada Hotel)



14:00 – 15:30           Discover ROWmania – 10+1 rowboats (canoes) rowing contest – the national final (Ciuperca lake)

1 PM – 2 PM – team registration, acknowledgment of the rowboats

2 PM – 2:15 PM – technical meeting, draw of lots

2:30 PM – Start contest for three teams series



15:30 – 16:00           The Local Communities Show (II)

                                Promoting ethnical, language and cultural diversity from North Dobrogea (promenade – stage)



16:00 – 17:30           Award ceremony (promenade – stage)

Tulcea ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup & Delta Rowmania Triathlon

Discover ROWmania – National 10+1 rowboats (canoes) rowing contest

Discover Tulcea Quest – urban adventure contest


17:30 – 18:00           Local Communities Show (III)

                                Promoting ethnical, language and cultural diversity from North Dobrogea (promenade – stage)



20:00 – 23:00           Rock'n Row Concerts (promenade – stage)


                                Niște Băieți

                                Discotheque: Stela Enache & Silvia Dumitrescu


21:00 – 22:30           Film Projection (Civic Square)



Monday – Thursday, August 31th – September 3rd – Experimenting slow tourism, inside 2 or 11 places rowboats (canoes)



The "Delta" leg of the Tour International Danubien (TID)

Marathon – tour from Tulcea to the Black Sea, inside rowboats (canoes), together with the TID convoy.




Monday, August 31

Destination – kilometers performed on Danube – shore – kilometers spent

MURIGHIOL – km 64 – (D) – 54/37* km/zi



Tuesday, September 1st


Destination – kilometers performed on Danube – shore – kilometers spent

SF. GHEORGHE – km 4 – (S) – 60/44* km/zi


Wednesday, September 2nd


Destination – kilometers performed on Danube – shore – kilometers spent


TID official closing party at Sf. Gheorghe



Thursday, September 3rd


7AM – Going back to Tulcea by ship


* depending on the chosen itinerary



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