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Masters Rowing

The Rowing Australia Masters’ Commission are exploring the option of introducing an interstate para master’s event at the Australian Masters Rowing Championships in addition to the championship events normally offered.  We are keen to reach as many prospective rowers as possible to gauge interest and we hope that this concept will help to extend the amount of time para rowers stay in the sport as well as providing opportunities for masters rowers to represent their state at this regatta.
We’re interested to hear comments and opinions through the survey and are keen to start the process of introduction if the concept proves popular.
A short survey can be found here

The Club Point Score at the AMRC will, from 2021 onward, be calculated as outlined here: AMRC Club Point Score

The Masters Commission are happy to confirm that we will be conducting Lightweight Single Scull events at the AMRC in 2021.
More detail on this will come in the upcoming bulletin but we can confirm that there will be an event offered at each category (combined with the regular 1x of that age category if entries are low and are allowed for in the number of lanes available).  All rowers entered in this event will be required to provide a medical certificate from their regular doctor or a Sports Physician confirming that they are naturally and healthily at or below the weight required, and that they will not need to take any measures on a normal day to weigh in at the appropriate weight.

Masters Rowing is open to rowers from the beginning of the year during which they turn 27. Masters rowers fit in categories A to L depending on their age or the average age of their crew.

The masters rower may then compete against others with the same average age in the respective category, or against rowers/crews of an older or younger category with a handicap.

The aim of a masters rower can be everything from recreational rowing to competing at regattas. Masters rowers compete in every type of regatta from local, state, national and international events.  Many masters rowers enjoy travelling to race on different courses around the world.  Competition on a straight course is generally over 1000m, however sprints and long distances races are also popular.

Masters rowing also focuses on the health and fitness benefits of rowing, socialising and forming friendships.

The age of a rower in a masters rowing event shall be that which he/she attains during the year of the event. Masters rowing events shall be held in the following crew age categories:

  • A. Minimum age: 27 years
  • B. Average age: 36 years or more
  • C. Average age: 43 years or more
  • D. Average age: 50 years or more
  • E. Average age: 55 years or more
  • F. Average age: 60 years or more
  • G. Average age: 65 years or more
  • H. Average age: 70 years or more
  • I. Average age: 75 years or more
  • J. Average age: 80 years or more
  • K. Average age: 83 years or more
  • L. Average age: 86 years or more
  • M. Average age: 89 years or more

Age categories do not apply to coxswains of masters crews. Each competitor shall be responsible for his/her own health and fitness.

The RA Masters’ Commission was created in 2013 to provide advice, leadership and guidance for the Australian Masters rowing community.
More details about the Commission, it’s members and to access minutes of it’s meetings are available here

Regattas that are popular with Australian Masters include:

State Masters Regattas including Championship Regattas (various dates throughout the year). These can be found here:

In addition to these events, there are a number of regattas the Masters community enjoy domestically and internationally. More information of which is below.



Australian Masters Rowing Championships
Sydney International Regatta Centre
1 – 4 June 2023


World Masters Games – Rowing (held every four years) / next event TBA


Henley Masters Regatta:

World Rowing Tour:
11 – 17 September 2022


Canadian Henley Regatta, St Catharine’s, Canada:

Australian Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints Championships
18 – 21 August 2022
Noosa Main Beach, QLD



World Rowing Masters Regatta: 
World Rowing website information here:
7 – 11 September 2022

New Zealand Masters Championships
17-18 September 2022
Lake Karapiro



Australian Masters Games:
17 – 14 October 2023

Head of the Charles Regatta (Boston):

NOVEMBER Head of the Yarra:



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Contact regarding this page: [email protected] (include in the subject line “Masters Rowing”)

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