Competitor Information

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Competitor Eligibility

  • All participants must be registered members of a rowing club in good standing with their national governing organization, i.e. Rowing Canada or US Rowing.
  • 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 Master’s 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, no age adjusted time will be applied.


Meaningful Competition

Cascadia 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 where the competitors fought it out 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.


Garrett Masters’ Age Adjusted Time System

These age adjusted times are based on the best 15% of 1000m finish times in finals at US National Masters’ Championships and FISA World Masters’ Championships.  They represent the performance of rowers who choose to race as Masters.

The time allowances are designed to give an older boat an equal chance of winning when racing in the next younger FISA age category.



Novice Rowers are new to rowing as of January 2018.


Lightweight Events

  • Men – 72.5 KG/160 lbs. maximum individual weigh
  • Women – 59 KG/130 lbs. maximum individual weight
  • All lightweight rowers racing in lightweight events may weigh in between 7:00 and 9:00 Saturday and Sunday mornings. Athletes need to weigh in only once and may weigh in Saturday morning for events on Sunday.
  • 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 outside of the official weigh-in times designated by the regatta.



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.

A test scale will be available to coxswains during the hours the course is open for training and racing outside of the official weigh-in times designated by the regatta.



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


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