LIGHTWEIGHT ROWING SURVEY (June 2020)
At a recent European Masters Championships, lightweight divisions were introduced into the single scull races, resulting in an increase in the number of single scull entries in many of the male and female age categories.
With the objective of increasing participation in the Australian Masters Rowing Championships, it is proposed that for the 2021 event one of the following options would be considered.
For either option it is unlikely that there will be any increase in competitor numbers in the older age grades where there are other barriers to entry. Apart from the possibility of increased entries in the younger age grades, the effect on regatta scheduling will be minimal.
At the 2021 AMRC, Rowing Australia is proposing to introduce a Lightweight Masters option for all single scull events.
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.
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.
ROWING AUSTRALIA MASTERS COMMISSION
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: ra.rowingmanager.com
In addition to these events, there are a number of regattas the Masters community enjoy domestically and internationally. More information of which is below.
|APRIL / MAY||
Australian Masters Rowing Championships. SIRC, Penrith/ Date TBC
World Masters Games – Rowing (held every four years) / 14-30 May 2021, Kansai, Japan: www.wmg2021.jp/en
Henley Masters Regatta: http://www.henleymastersregatta.org.uk/
World Rowing Tour: TBC
|AUGUST||Canadian Henley Regatta, St Catharine’s, Canada: http://www.henleyregatta.ca/
|SEPTEMBER||World Rowing Masters Regatta: http://www.wrmr2020.com/
World Rowing website information here: http://www.worldrowing.com/events/2020-world-rowing-masters-regatta/event-information
Please note, that following the cancellation of the 2020 event, the 2021 World Rowing Masters Regatta will be staged from 1-5 September 2021 in Linz Ottensheim, AUT.WRMR Banyoles, ESP will move to 2025
Australian Masters Games: http://www.australianmastersgames.com/
Head of the Charles Regatta (Boston):http://www.hocr.org/
|NOVEMBER||Head of the Yarra: http://www.headoftheyarra.com|
Keep in contact with the Australian Masters Community via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AustralianMastersRowing
Contact regarding this page: [email protected] (include in the subject line “Masters Rowing”)