Sarasota is thrilled to be the host of the World Rowing Championships with over 2,000 participants from over 60 countries and hundreds of thousands of spectators.  This special event is to be held September 23 to October 1 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.  This is the first time in 20 years that the United States has hosted the world rowing championships.  In honor and celebration, there will be an opening ceremony spectacle on September 23.