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Scull Boats

Single Sculls (1x)

Single Sculls (1x) 1 Rower

Average length: 8.2 m (27 ft)
Minimum weight: 14 kg (30.8 lbs)
WCH Events: W1x, M1x, LW1x, LM1x
Double Sculls (2x)

Double Sculls (2x) 2 Rowers

Average length: 10.4 m (34 ft)
Minimum weight: 27 kg (59 lbs)
WCH Events: W2x, M2x, LW2x, LM2x
Quadruple Sculls (4x)

Quadruple Sculls (4x) 4 Rowers

Average length: 13.4 m (44 ft)
Minimum weight: 52 kg (114 lbs)
WCH Events: W4x, M4x, LW4x, LM4x

Sweep Boats

Pair (2-)

Pair (2-) 2 Rowers

Average length: 10.4 m (34 ft)
Minimum weight: 27 kg (59 lbs)
WCH Events: W2-, M2-, LM2-
Coxed Pair (2+)

Coxed Pair (2+) 2 Rowers with cox

Average length: 10.4 m (34 ft)
Minimum weight: 32 kg (70 lbs)
WCH Events: M2+
Four (4-)

Four (4-) 4 Rowers

Average length: 13.4 m (44 ft)
Minimum weight: 50 kg (112 lbs)
WCH Events: W4-, M4-, LM4-
Coxed Four (4+)

Coxed Four (4+) 4 Rowers with cox

Average length: 13.7 m (45 ft)
Minimum weight: 51 kg (110 lbs)
Eight (8+)

Eight (8+) 8 Rowers with cox

Average length: 19.9 m (62 ft)
Minimum weight: 96 kg (221 lbs)
WCH Events: W8+, M8+, LM8+

Scull Boats

Single Sculls (1x)

Single Sculls (1x) 1 Rower

Average length: 8.2 m (27 ft)
Minimum weight: 14 kg (30.8 lbs)
Olympic Events: W1x, M1x
Double Sculls (2x)

Double Sculls (2x) 2 Rowers

Average length: 10.4 m (34 ft)
Minimum weight: 27 kg (59 lbs)
Olympic Events: W2x, M2x, LW2x, LM2x
Quadruple Sculls (4x)

Quadruple Sculls (4x) 4 Rowers

Average length: 13.4 m (44 ft)
Minimum weight: 52 kg (114 lbs)
Olympic Events: W4x, M4x

Sweep Boats

Pair (2-)

Pair (2-) 2 Rowers

Average length: 10.4 m (34 ft)
Minimum weight: 27 kg (59 lbs)
Olympic Events: W2-, M2-
Four (4-)

Four (4-) 4 Rowers

Average length: 13.4 m (44 ft)
Minimum weight: 50 kg (112 lbs)
Olympic Events: M4-, LM4-
Eight (8+)

Eight (8+) 8 Rowers with cox

Average length: 19.9 m (62 ft)
Minimum weight: 96 kg (221 lbs)
Olympic Events: W8+, M8+

What is Elite Rowing

Becoming an elite rower takes years of hard training and it is usually the athletes with longer experience who achieve the best results. Rowing's most successful Olympic medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave (GBR), obtained his fifth Olympic gold medal at 38 years of age.

An elite rower can start competing as a junior (18 years of age and under) at national and international championships. To become a junior World Champion, a junior rower must win a gold medal in his/her boat class at the World Rowing Junior Championships.

The next step is the World Rowing Under 23 Championships which acts as a stepping stone to the senior elite ranks.

The senior World Rowing Championships are held every year and World Champions are crowned in 12 men's boat classes and nine women's boat classes. These include Olympic and International boat classes. During an Olympic year the World Rowing Championships include only International boat classes.

The ultimate goal of an elite rower is to become an Olympic Champion. The Olympic Regatta is held every four years during the Olympic Games.