Coastal rowing in – Lightweight boats out?

At the FISA 2020 Extraordinary Congress it was decided to forward a new Olympic event programme proposal for the IOC Executive Board for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

On 10 June 2020 the IOC Executive Board (EB) agreed to maintain the previously set deadline of December 2020 to confirm the event programme and athlete quotas for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The programme proposal has been adopted to comply with the IOC EB decision that underlined the decision should be based on the following previously established key principles:

•Reducing the overall athlete quota (including for all new sports) to 10,500;

•Achieving gender equal participation across the Olympic Games at event and discipline level where possible;

• Prioritising new events that accommodate athletes within the sport’s existing quota allocation; and

• Using existing venue for any proposed new events

The Council has taken careful note of the position of the IOC on separate weight categories for sports that do not involve combat or weightlifting. The Council believes that CoastalRowing adds value for the sport -increases diversity, expands the number of countries that can participate, adds value to the Games-Youth Appeal and innovative TV programming as well as meets and will surpass all the criteria sought by the IOC EB. Therefore, the Council proposes that the Olympic rowing programme for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games should consist of the following classes:

MenWomenMixed Gender
Single ScullsSingle ScullsCoastal Rowing Double Sculls
Double ScullsDouble ScullsCoastal Rowing Solo
Quadruple ScullsQuadruple ScullsCoastal Rowing Solo
PairPair
FourFour
EightEight

This means that Lightweight boats will disappear from the Olympic event programme and Coastal boat will be introduced.

Continental qualification events and finals schedule announced for rowing’s indoor championships

The 2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships (WRICH), presented by Concept2, is to be held virtually and will include a Qualification Tournament starting on 28 November 2020 and concluding on 7 February 2021.

The European Continental Qualifier for the WRICH will take place on 5-6 December 2020, and will be hosted by British Rowing. This Continental Qualifier will be held as a part of BRIC Online (this year’s edition of the British Rowing Indoor Championships), which will also act at the 2021 European Rowing Indoor Championships. For more information on this event, and to register once entries have opened, please visit www.britishrowing.org/BRIConline.

RACE CATEGORIES

The following race categories will be included in the 2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships.

Lwt = Lightweight


2000m

Open Men
PR3 Women
Masters 40-49 Women
Open Women
Masters 30-39 Men
Masters 50-54 Women
U23 Men
Masters 40-49 Men
Masters 55-59 Women
U23 Women
Masters 50-54 Men
Masters 60-64 Women
Junior/U19 Men
Masters 55-59 Men
Masters 65-69 Women
Junior/U19 Women     Masters 60-64 Men
Masters 70-74 Women
Lwt MenMasters 65-69 Men
Masters 75-79 Women
Lwt Women
Masters 70-74 Men
Masters 80-84 Women
U23 Lwt Men
Masters 75-79 Men
Masters 85-89 Women
U23 Lwt Women   
Masters 80-84 Men
Masters 90-94 Women
PR1 Men
Masters 85-89 Men
Masters 95-99 Women
PR1 Women
Masters 90-94 Men
Masters 100+ Women
PR2 Men
Masters 95-99 Men
PR3-II Men
PR2 Women
Masters 100+ Men
PR3-II Women
PR3 Men
Masters 30-39 Women
 
Masters 30-39 Lwt Men    
Masters 85-89 Lwt Men     
Masters 65-69 Lwt Women
Masters 40-49 Lwt Men    
Masters 90-94 Lwt Men     
Masters 70-74 Lwt Women
Masters 50-54 Lwt Men     
Masters 95-99 Lwt Men     
Masters 75-79 Lwt Women
Masters 55-59 Lwt Men     
Masters 100+ Lwt Men      
Masters 80-84 Lwt Women
Masters 60-64 Lwt Men     
Masters 30-39 Lwt Women      Masters 85-89 Lwt Women
Masters 65-69 Lwt Men     
Masters 40-49 Lwt Women     
Masters 90-94 Lwt Women
Masters 70-74 Lwt Men     
Masters 50-54 Lwt Women       
Masters 95-99 Lwt Women
Masters 75-79 Lwt Men     
Masters 55-59 Lwt Women      
Masters 100+ Lwt Women
Masters 80-84 Lwt Men     
Masters 60-64 Lwt Women      
 

500m

Open Men
PR2 Women
Masters 55-59 Women
Open Women
PR3 Men
Masters 60+ Women
U23 Men
PR3 Women
Masters 30-39 Lwt Men
U23 Women
PR3-II Men
Masters 40-49 Lwt Men
Junior/U19 Men
PR3-II Women
Masters 50-54 Lwt Men
Junior/U19 Women       
Masters 30-39 Men
Masters 55-59 Lwt Men
Lwt Men
Masters 40-49 Men
Masters 60+ Lwt Men
Lwt Women
Masters 50-54 Men
Masters 30-39 Lwt Women
U23 Lwt Men
Masters 55-59 Men
Masters 40-49 Lwt Women
U23 Lwt Women
Masters 60+ Men
Masters 50-54 Lwt Women
PR1 Men
Masters 30-39 Women
Masters 55-59 Lwt Women
PR1 Women
Masters 40-49 Women      
Masters 60+ Lwt Women
PR2 Men
Masters 50-54 Women       
 

Other

Team Test – Men
Team Test – Women
Team Test – Mixed (2 Women, 2 Men)
1hr – Men
1hr – Women

Nordic rowers excel at EC in Poznan

Rowing crews from Finland, Norway and Denmark participated with success in the European Rowing Championship at Lake Malta in Poznan in Poland.

In M1x Sverri Nielsen from Denmark was first rower to pass the finish line and won the gold medal to claim the EC title in front of Poland in second position. Kjetil Borch from Norway finished third and claimed the Bronze medal with a margin of 0.02 sec before the reigning world champion Oliver Zeidler from Germany.

In LM1x Kristoffer Brun from Norway won the gold medal and in LW1x Maia Lund from Norway came at 4th position in the A-final.

Denmark finished the EC regatta with three 4th positions in the A-finals all in women’s races. In W1x Women’s Single , W2- Women’s Pair and W4- Women’s Four.

The danish M2- Men’s Pair came 6th in the A-final.

2020 World Rowing Masters Regatta

The 2020 World Rowing Masters Regatta that previously was cancelled by World Rowing has now been turned into an alternative regatta as the 2020 World Rowing Virtual Masters Regatta (WRVMR).

The WRVMR will take place on September 2-6, 2020. These are the same dates on which the original regatta was supposed to be held.

Designed to be done anywhere in the world, Masters Rowers are invited to complete a 1000m piece on any kind of indoor rowing machine.

Read more about the event and how to sign up for the 2020 WRVMR.

Feature: Rowing in Faroe Islands

Rowing is considered the national sport of the Faroe Islands. The Faroe Island Rowing federation is in 2020 celebrating 40 years anniversary with 33 rowing clubs with a total of 136 boats consisting of a mix of boats for 5, 6, 8 and 10 rowers. These boats are traditional open Faroe boats that are different from the coastal boats used in FISA Coastal rowing regattas. This boat type has now also been introduced to the Faroe Rowing clubs so hopefully we will see strong Faroe Island rowers participate in the FISA Coastal rowing regattas.

There are no inland rowing venues. All regattas take place in the ocean with race distance from 1000 to 2000 meters in tough water conditions which means that the rowers in addition to racing against their competitor boats also has to fight against the wind, waves and currents from the open North Atlantic sea. 

The rowing season is short, from early June to late July. There are seven rowing races held individually at regional village festivals. The final race is held in late July during   St. Olavs Day which is the National holiday of Faroe Island.

With a short rowing season due to the sea and weather condition indoor rowing has grown considerably in the Faroe Island. Strong Faroe rowers participate in various big indoor regattas in Scandinavia and the Worldrowing indoor rowing championships.  

CANCELED: Nordic Junior NM 2020

Due to the uncertain Covid-19 health situation and the current travel ban in Denmark, Finland and Norway for going to the Stockholm area,  it has been decided by the Nordic Rowing Federation to cancel the Nordic Junior NM 2020.

We look forward to see you all at the Nordic Junior NM 2021 in Sweden.

Regards

Nordic Rowing Federation