Masters Rowing Information

What is masters rowing?

A masters rower is defined by the rower’s age at the beginning of the year in which he or she turns 27.  Masters rowers categories A to K,  are determined by the age of the rower at the year of the event.  The masters rower  competes against other rowers in the same age category. The average and minimum age of a crew excludes the coxswain.

Masters rowers can row for fitness, recreation or to compete at regattas. These competitors may be former elite rowers or beginners.  The annual World Rowing event is the World Rowing Masters Regatta. Racing takes place over a 1000m distance.  This event takes place in different locations every year.  For more information see:

U.S. rowing also has many Master’s events.   These can be found at

Masters rowing focuses on the health and fitness benefits of rowing as well as socializing and forming friendships.

  • Masters rowing age groups
    The age of a rower in a masters rowing event is determined by the age he/she attains during the year of the event.   A rower who is a member of the current year’s National Team shall not be eligible to compete during the current year of the Masters National Championships. 
  • AA. 21-26
  • A. Minimum age: 27 years
  • B. Average age: 36 years or more
  • C. Average age: 43 years or more
  • D. Average age: 50 years or more
  • E. Average age: 55 years or more
  • F. Average age: 60 years or more
  • G. Average age: 65 years or more
  • H. Average age: 70 years or more
  • I. Average age: 75 years or more
  • J. Average age: 80 years or more
  • K. Average age: 85 years or more

Age categories do not apply to coxswains of masters crews.