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Shell game: World’s longest rowing race vessel takes to Hillsborough River

Exotic in many parts of the country, racing sculls are a common sight in the Hillsborough River as University of Tampa students often practice rowing near the riverfront campus.

Not so common: the world’s longest racing shell, measuring nearly 50 yards from bow to stern.

The Stämpfli Express, made in Switzerland, is on its first tour across the United States.

The vessel has 24 rowers, 48 oars and measures 144 feet. Members of the public can see it —and maybe even take a ride — at UT’s crew dock from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

From staff reports

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