|European Rowing Championships boat classes|
|Men||(M)||1x, 2x, 2-, 4x, 4-, 8+|
|Women||(W)||1x, 2x, 2-, 4x, 8+|
|Lightweight men||(LM)||2x, 4-|
All European Member National Federations plus Israel should be eligible to compete in the European Rowing Championships. An athlete must present a valid passport from the country for which he wishes to compete (as per FISA rules).
|Official Opening of the Regatta Venue||
Wednesday, 14th September 2011.
|Official Daily Opening Times of the Course|
|On training days||07:30 hrs to 19:00 hrs|
|Venue opens||07:00 hrs to 19:30 hrs|
|On racing days||07:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs|
|Venue opens||06:30 hrs to 19:30 hrs|
|Preliminary Team Managers Meeting||Wednesday, 14th September 2011|
|Team Managers Meeting and Draw||Thursday, 15th September 2011|
|Opening Ceremony||Thursday, 15th September 2011|
|Heats & Repechages||Friday, 16th September 2011|
|Repechages, Semi-finals and Finals A, B, C||Saturday, 17th September 2011|
|Nations Dinner||Saturday, 17th September 2011|
|European Federations General Assembly||Saturday, 17th September 2011|
|Finals A and B||Sunday, 18th September|
Bulgaria is in the heart of the busiest and historically the most reliable transport and communication junction in Europe, a natural cross-road between the West and the East, between Europe and Asia. Plovdiv is the second biggest Bulgarian city, situated in the most prosperous region of the country, not only in terms of natural resources and economic output, but also in terms of cultural and historical heritage. The favorable climate and the strategic location contributed to its progress during all historical eras. The six rock hills give to the city a picturesque beauty that is second to none. Plovdiv is a town that has had the extraordinary destiny to witness many historical turning points. Its 8000 years of history make the city contemporary of the human civilization and one of the most ancient cities in the world. The venue was first opened for competitive events in 1988. The population of Bulgaria is 7,093,635 (July 2011 est.). The city of Plovdiv has a population of approximately 560,000 including the suburbs.
Rowing in Bulgaria
The sport of rowing in Bulgaria came into existence and further developed together with the newly instituted Bulgarian Navy and River Navigation. On different occasions boat races were organized during various celebrations in the towns on the Danube bank and the Black Sea coast. It was only in 1924 that the first rowing competition took place in Bulgaria. In 1955 Bulgaria started a national team comprising of 6 men and 4 women. The following year Bulgaria entered its first two boats into the European Championships in Bled (Yugoslavia).
About the Regatta Venue
The regatta course is located in the center of the city of Plovdiv. It was first opened for competitive events in 1988. It has many permanent facilities and can hold eight training and seven racing lanes. The course is in line with the nearby river “Maritza”. The regatta course has hosted the 1993, 1998, and 2007 Balkan Rowing Championships as well as the 1999 World Rowing Junior Championships.