About us

We have worked through a lot of the differences and challenges in moving from traditional rowing to coastal rowing so are well positioned to help you into a situation where Coastal Rowing Boats are a fun and very useful part of your rowing boat fleet. You won’t look back !


NZ Rowing Tours plans and delivers tours and events that set the global benchmark in rowing and beach-sprint racing. We sell quality coastal rowing skiffs built to handle rough water conditions safely. We strive to grow our business with the same honesty and sense of adventure that we use to provide unforgettable experiences for our rowers.

We want Nelson to become the hub of coastal rowing in New Zealand, with Rabbit Island Beach near Nelson the beach sprint capital, from where we will run iconic events.

Integrity | Safety | Fun | Competition | Growth | Lifestyle

The Team

Sally Knight

Sally is a born organiser and has been rowing for years. She is a regular volunteer all around the course at national regattas. She and Phil both have other boating experience prior to becoming rowers, with motorboat and kayaking experience in the Top of the South Island.

​Sally looks after:

Rowers as the Tour Manager
PR & Marketing
Liaising with customers, suppliers & providers




Kevin Strickland

Kevin has been around rowing in NZ for a long time, including working for NZ Rowing as Domestic Rowing Manager for over 10 years. He is actively involved in Nelson Rowing Club.

Kevin looks after:

Safety & Weather decisions
Swift Boat Sales


Phil Knight

Phil was the first Coastal rower in the Nelson region, when he bought a Coastal single to allow him to row in less-than-perfect conditions. He quickly discovered that Coastal rowing is great fun – and fast forward a few years, we have a fleet of Coastal rowing boats, and are running tours and events around the South Island. Phil is a qualified NZ Race Official.

Phil looks after:
Account Management





Trisha Strickland

Trisha is a keen rower, also in Nelson Rowing Club with experience in long-distance rowing. Kevin and Trisha have both rowed the Canal du Midi and Hoea Kaha (a multiday race on the Waikato River, NZ), and regularly include rowing outings on their travels to see family and friends around the world.

Trisha looks after: