WORLD ROWING CUP SERIES
The World Rowing Cup is an annual series of three regattas that act as a lead-up to the World Rowing Championships. It is held over three days with racing a progression system from heats through to finals.
Racing at the World Rowing Cup includes the 14 Olympic boat classes and a selection of International boat classes. Para-rowing is contested at some World Cups. Each Olympic boat class earns points based on the finishing order. The highest placing boat from a country is awarded the following points:
1st = 8 points, 2nd = 6 points, 3rd = 5 points, 4th = 4 points, 5th = 3 points, 6th = 2 points, 7th = 1 point
If a country has more than one crew in a boat class points will be awarded only to the first crew. The crew with the most points in each boat class is declared the World Rowing Cup leader and receives the yellow 'World Rowing Cup Leader Bib'. After the third World Rowing Cup regatta, the crew with the most points in each boat class is declared the World Cup winner and receives the World Rowing Cup for that boat class.
At the end of each World Cup the country with the most points will be declared winner of that World Rowing Cup regatta and will receive the leading nation cup. After the third World Rowing Cup regatta the country with the most points overall from all boat classes is declared overall winner of the World Rowing Cup.
WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
2017 World Rowing Championships- Sarasota-Bradenton, USA
The World Rowing Championship regatta is the biggest annual World Rowing event and the most important of the season. It is held at the end of the season. The regatta is held over eight days using a progression system from heats through to finals and ensuring that there is sufficient rest time between boat classes for the athletes.
In an Olympic year the World Rowing Championships is held for International boat classes only and is held in conjunction with the World Rowing Junior Championships.
WORLD ROWING UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS
2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships- Plovdiv, Bulgaria
The World Rowing Under 23 Championships is an annual event for rowers under the age of 23. Sometimes called 'senior b' the event is held over five days in July.
WORLD ROWING JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
2017 World Rowing Junior Championships- Trakai, Lithuania
The World Rowing Junior Championships is held annually for rowers 18 years of age or younger. It consists of 13 boat classes which are raced over five days using the progression system of heats through to finals. In an Olympic year the World Rowing Junior Championships is combined with the World Rowing Championships.
WORLD ROWING MASTERS REGATTA
2017 World Rowing Masters Regatta- Bled, Slovenia
The World Rowing Masters Regatta is held annually and open to rowers 27 years of age and older. Rowers race in age categories starting at 'A' for those with a minimum age of 27. The categories continue through to 'K' for crews with an average age of 85 or more.
There is no progression system so a medal is awarded to the winner of each race. The event is held over four days with the final day including mixed crews.
WORLD ROWING COASTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
2017 World Rowing Coastal Championships - Thonon, France
The World Rowing Coastal Championships is an annual event in which specifically designed coastal boats are raced. The course is a triangle shape with buoys for the crews to navigate. It is often held along a beach. There are no lanes. The event takes place usually in October and is held over three days.
2020 Olympic Games Regatta - Tokyo, Japan
The Olympic Games happens every four years and includes rowing. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sets a quota of 550 athletes competing in the 14 boat classes. This quota means that the World Rowing Federation carries out qualification regattas. The main qualification regatta is the World Rowing Championships that is held in the year prior to the Olympic Games. There is also continental qualification regattas for Africa, Asia/Oceania, Latin America and European. A final qualification regatta is held about three months before the Olympic Games.
The Olympic regatta follows a progression system of heats through to finals and is held over eight days in the first week of the Olympic Games.
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES (YOG)
The Youth Olympic Games is held every four years with the inaugural event taking place in Singapore in 2010. Four boat classes are raced - the men's and women's single sculls and the men's and women's pair. A total of 96 athletes can compete with qualification regattas and a country quota system used to determine the athletes that can participate. The main qualification regatta is the World Rowing Junior Championships that take place in the year before the YOG. There are also continental qualification regattas for Asia, Africa and Latin America.
To row at the YOG athletes must be 17 or 18 years old.