Rowers who are new to racing may find it confusing when they come across many event types, point systems and qualifying conditions. The following guide will help you to understand how points are awarded in rowing events and how qualifying events are conducted, even if you not a professional rower.
There are three classes of events conducted based on skill levels and they are Masters, Junior and Senior classes. The Senior class events also include races held for rowers who are Novice, Lightweight and/or Under23. There are three types of races conducted in each of these classes, Open, Women and Mixed, where Open tests are open for both genders. The rowing events are either sweep-oared, where the rowers have only one blade or oar each, and sculling, where the rowers each have two blades.
What is a Qualifying Race?
A qualifying race is nothing but a race which involved participation by a minimum of two crews and follows certain rules imposed by British Rowing. Some of such rules include not involving a head race, not open only to the members of a single rowing club, not involving rowers who are younger than U14 and events which are conducted among already existing competitors just for one day’s sake.
It is to be noted that senior class events are open to people of all sex, age and weight, until or unless they are not registered as competitors. The senior class crews will be further classified in 6 different statuses which are Elite, Senior, Intermediate1, Intermediate2, Intermediate3 and Novice.