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Masters Rowing

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


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 (Handicaps can be found here in Appendix 10).

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
(normally held every four years)
Next Event 2025 in Taipei, Taiwan
17 May – 30 May 2025

World Masters Games – Rowing
Following Event 2027 in Kansai, Japan
14 May – 30 May 2027


Henley Masters Regatta:

World Rowing Tour:

Australian Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints Championships
27 – 30 July 2023

AUGUST Canadian Henley Regatta, St Catharine’s, Canada:

World Rowing Masters Regatta 

21-24 September 2023
Tshwane, South Africa

New Zealand Masters Championships
16-17 September 2023
Lake Ruataniwha


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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