World Rowing Championships are open to all member federations. A rower may compete in an Under 23 rowing event until 31st of December of the year in which he reaches the age of 22.
About the Netherlands and Amsterdam
The Netherlands, also known as Holland, gained its independence from Spain in the 17th century where it became the leading commercial nation and maritime power in the world. Increasing prosperity in the 17th century created a cultural and intellectual boom, the fruits of which are still enjoyed today. Every year, tourists from around the world visit the Dutch museums to admire paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and many other old Dutch masters. Amsterdam was founded in the Middle Ages near a dam on the River Amstel. The City truly blossomed in the early 17th century, where it became the world’s largest centre for trade and art. The historic heart of the city known as the ‘Grachtengordel’ (canal ring) has remained beautifully intact to this day. Holland has a population of 16,847,007 (July 2011 est.) of which 752,162 inhabitants live in Amsterdam.
Rowing in the Netherlands
The Royal Dutch Rowing Federation (KNRB) is the umbrella organization of all rowing clubs in the Netherlands. There are currently 110 member organizations which represent approximately 27,000 rowers.
About the Bosbaan
The Bosbaan rowing course is a man-made course. In the 1930’s it was constructed through a social welfare project and was officially opened on June 12th 1937. It was the venue of several European Rowing Championships in the fifties and sixties. The facilities and course were upgraded in the early seventies to a 6 lane race course plus 1 spare lane. Amsterdam successfully organised the European Rowing Championships in 1964 and 1967, and the World Rowing Championships in 1977. In 2001, the city of Amsterdam, together with the Royal Dutch Rowing Federation, broadened, deepened and renewed the regatta course to upgrade the Bosbaan to meet the 21st century standards. The new 8 lane course was completed in 2002, with a total length of 2300 metres, which runs from southwest to northeast. The upgraded Bosbaan has been the venue of many national and international regattas and championships. In 2005, Amsterdam successfully hosted the FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships and in 2006 the FISA World Rowing Junior Championships. From 2003 onwards, the international Royal Holland Beker Regatta started again. The Holland Beker was combined with the second Rowing World Cup in 2007. In 2011, the Bosbaan will host the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.