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University Rower in Focus

Boat classes

Scull Boats

Single Sculls (1x)

Single Sculls (1x) 1 Rower

Average length: 8.2 m (27 ft)
Minimum weight: 14 kg (30.8 lbs)
University 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)
University WCH Events: W2x, M2x, LW2x, LM2x

Sweep Boats

Pair (2-)

Pair (2-) 2 Rowers

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

Four (4-) 4 Rowers

Average length: 13.4 m (44 ft)
Minimum weight: 50 kg (112 lbs)
University WCH Events: W4-, M4-, LM4-
Eight (8+)

Eight (8+) 8 Rowers with cox

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

What is University Rowing


There is something remarkable about the combination of rowing and academics. Ask a rower how they manage to study and train and they will tell you that the two complement each other. Studies demand focus of the mind and athletics demand focus of the body. The two harmonise together to create the ultimate profile: a university rower. Some might argue that one takes away from the other, not allowing a person to fully devote their attention to either. But, just as in rowing, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and university rowing adds to the wholeness of the student.

Rowing at university varies from one country to the next with some countries boasting a university rowing history that goes back over 100 years. The Oxford-Cambridge University Boat Race in Great Britain is one of the oldest university races and dates back to 1829. In the United States, the Harvard-Yale Regatta was first raced in 1852. University rowing in the United States is especially big and prestigious especially women’s rowing. US universities are known to recruit top rowers from around the world to be student-athletes at their university.

The best university athletes can be selected for the World University Rowing Championships, staged every two years. Many elite rowers first started rowing at university.

To support all young rowing scholars, Filippi Boats joined with World Rowing to create the Filippi Spirit Award - learn more here.

About You


It can be difficult because rowing is very time consuming, but it definitely motivates me to set a schedule for myself everyday of what I need to get done to stay on top of my work

Team Mates

Your teammates provide the backbone to your university experience. They are your support, your friends, your family. They understand your struggles and they celebrate your triumphs


Rowing has transformed and defined my lifestyle beyond any sort of college experience. Besides the euphoria of victory, rowing has also reminded me how to lose. The need for dedication and passion in a sport that is rarely gratifying cannot be understated, and it has developed into a hunger for success

Your Future

The skills necessary to being a successful university rower- dedication, determination, teamwork, balance, time-management - are highly sought after skills in the job market

For some, university opens the door to rowing opportunities. For others, it enables them to continue with their rowing experience and for a few it affords them with the chance to go to university. Being a student and a rower helps shape and influence the lives of young students. It comes at an important stage in life, often a time of exploration, of new experiences and of learning. There is little doubt that it is difficult and it is known to be time consuming, but it offers so much more than it takes away