About masters rowing

A rower may compete as a masters rower from the beginning of the year during which he or she turns 27. Masters rowers are then placed in categories A to M, ‘A’ being a crew with an average of 27 years or over, and ‘M’ being an average of 89 years or over. Dependent on the age they turn that year, the masters rower will then compete against others in crews with the same or higher average age in the respective category. The average and minimum age of a crew competing excludes that of the coxswain.


Aim of masters rowing

The aim of a masters rower can be everything from recreational rowing to competing at regattas. The World Rowing event for masters is the World Rowing Masters Regatta. Racing takes place over a 1000m distance and the regatta can attract over 3,000 rowers. Masters rowing also focuses on the health and fitness benefits of rowing, socialising and forming friendships.

Masters rowing age groups

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

Frequently asked questions

  • Age categories do not apply to coxswains of masters crews.
  • Each competitor shall be responsible for his/her own health and fitness.
  • Every masters rower must be in a position to prove his/her age by presentation of an official document (passport or identity card).


Boat classes - Scull boats

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Single Scull
Double Scull
Quadruple Scull
Boat classes - Sweep boats

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Coxless Pair
Coxed Pair
Coxed Four

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World Rowing Masters Regatta 2023 in South Africa