Masters Rowing

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A rower may compete as a Masters rower from the beginning of the year during which he or she achieves the age of 27 years. A Masters rower is placed in the age category corresponding to the age attained during the current year. The average and minimum ages exclude the coxswain.


Known throughout the rowing world as Masters rowing, until recently it was known in the UK as Veteran rowing. British Rowing has now adopted the global description: Scotland has yet to make the change so, for the time being, Scottish events are still classed as Veteran (not to be confused with the Chelsea Pensioners).


Masters rowing comprises the biggest proportion, by participation, of rowers in world rowing. It provides many and varied racing events from beginner/novice races through to an annual World Masters Regatta. There is even a separate Henley Masters Regatta (usually run the week after Henley Royal Regatta).


According to World Rowing's e-Magazine, the average masters rower is a European male (70% are male) mostly formerly on their country's national or international rowing team, rowing is their primary sport, and they train about five days each week.


St Andrew BC has a long and successful history of Masters rowing. Over the years the club has achieved wide ranging success at domestic, regional, and international Masters regattas.


Our Masters squad is small in numbers but large in commitment (and is occasionally augmented by members of the senior squads who qualify for Masters by virtue of their age).  Quite often we team up with members of other clubs to make-up composite crews, particularly for more important and international events.


We welcome participation from anybody keen in the sport of rowing. Since we do not have a dedicated Masters coaching staff, we ask beginner and less experienced athletes to work with the beginners and/or senior squads first. For more experienced athletes, who can commit to a minimum of 6-8 training sessions each week, please get in touch.


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