Competitor Information

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Competitor Eligibility

 Rowing Canada Aviron Rules of Racing will be in effect unless otherwise noted in official event information.

  • All participants must be registered members in good standing with their national governing organization, i.e. Rowing Canada Aviron or US Rowing .
  • All competitors must register with the regatta registrar producing a government issued document as proof of age and identity prior to racing. Note: as per RCA Rules of Racing, proof of identity and age may be checked randomly by Umpires at any time throughout the regatta.
  • All competitors, regardless of nationality are eligible for championship medals.
  • A competitor may compete as a Master in the year in which he or she attains the age of 21.
  • Composite crews are welcome provided they are identified at the time of regatta registration. Individuals may represent only one club at the regatta.
  • Members of the same crew shall compete wearing uniform clothing (tops only). Each member of a composite crew shall wear his/her own club singlet.
  • The blade of all club oars and sculls need not be painted in club colours.


Age Categories

  • AA age: 21 – 26 years age:
  • A age  27 – 35 years
  • B age: 36 – 42 years
  • C age: 43 – 49 years
  • D age: 50 – 54
  • E age: 55 – 59
  • F age: 60 – 64
  • G age: 65 – 69
  • H age: 70 – 74
  • I age: 75 – 79
  • J age: 80 – 84
  • K age: 85 – 89
  • L age: 90 and over


The age categories do not apply to coxswains. The age category of a Masters crew shall be determined by the average age of the rowers in the crew, rounded down to the nearest whole number. The age of a coxswain shall not be counted. The ages of individual rowers in a crew boat need not fall within the age category, so long as each rower is a Master and so long as the average age of the crew falls within the applicable category. A Master’s crew or sculler may compete in a lower (younger) age category, but not in a higher category. In this case, the crew rowing down will be assigned an age adjustment equivalent to the oldest possible age of that category.


Meaningful Competition

The Cascadia /RCA Organizing Committee seeks to create a rewarding and high-level competitive experience.  In order to be awarded first, second or third, there must be at least four competitors in the race. This ensures that each award represents a well-earned result for the top three positions.

 If there are not four entries in a race, where logical, the organizing committee will combine age groups in an attempt to reach four or more competitors.  Age adjusted times will be assigned as necessary and one first, second and third prize will be awarded for that combined race using the handicap to determine the winners. Where at all possible the span of age categories will not be more than three.



 Novice Rowers are new to rowing as of January 2019.


Lightweight Events

  • Men – 72.5 KG/160 lbs. maximum individual weigh
  • Women – 59 KG/130 lbs. maximum individual weight

 A weigh in time will be determined by the OC where all Lightweight rowers racing in Lightweight events on the day’s program, shall weigh in. As per RCA Rules of Rcaing, the designated time will be not less than one hour and not more than two and a half hours before the time of the first scheduled male or female Lightweight event.

 Lightweight rowers shall weigh in wearing a minimum of their racing uniform.

 All crew members, including coxswains, need to be present at weigh in.

 A test scale will be available during the hours the course is open for training and racing but closed during official weigh-in designated time.

 Government issued photo ID will be required at the weigh-in station.



Coxswains may be of either gender. Age classification for coxswains will not apply at this regatta.

 The minimum weight of a coxswain wearing a racing uniform, shall be 55 kilograms. If under the minimum weight, a coxswain shall carry deadweight to make up the difference between the weight of the coxswain and the minimum required weight and may be checked randomly by Umpires.



The use of FISA Standard Adaptive boats is mandatory for all adaptive PR1-1x and PR2-2x events.