Rowing Competitions

Racing is a vital and popular part of rowing, whether at regattas or head races on the water, or indoors on the rowing machine

There are two main types of rowing competition affiliated to British Rowing. Regattas are sprint races that allow for side by side racing, or at bigger events, multi-lane racing. Distances vary but cover anything from 500m to 2000m. The regatta season runs throughout the spring and summer (generally from April to August).

Head races are time trials, generally over longer distances with boats starting one after the other. The head season runs throughout the autumn and winter.

These pages will tell you more about rowing competitions, whether you want to compete or organise one.

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Competition Calendar

See the season at a glance including information about changes to dates and cancellations.

Entering Competitions

Everything you need to know about entering rowing regattas and head races

Organising Competitions

Advice and information to help you run affiliated regattas and head races, including private matches

Competition Framework

The Competition Framework is designed to deliver close, fair, exciting racing

Ranking Points

Here’s a brief overview of the key things you need to know about Ranking Points and the Personal Ranking Index (PRI)

Rules of Racing

The Rules of Racing apply to all rowing and sculling competitions that are affiliated to British Rowing

Insurance

Information about insurance cover for rowers, coxes, coaches, affiliated competitions and clubs

Clean Sport

British Rowing strongly believes in clean sport and works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and our international federation, World Rowing, to ensure that rowing's integrity is protected


British Rowing Championships and Regattas

British Rowing Junior and Senior Club Championships

This new competition offers Championship events for Juniors, and Senior events at Championship, Club and Beginner levels

British Rowing Masters Championships

High-quality racing in Championship events plus other categories for rowers aged 27+

British Rowing Offshore Championships

Coastal sculling endurance format racing for juniors, seniors and masters

British Rowing Beach Sprint Championships

Coastal sculling racing in the beach sprint format

British Rowing Indoor Championships

Racing on Concept2 rowing machines for rowers and fitness fanatics

Junior Inter-Regional Regatta

The Junior Inter-Regional Regatta (JIRR) is a competitive but fun event for J14-J16s


International Competitions

Olympic Games

Rowing is one of Britain's most successful Olympic sports.

Paralympic Games

Great Britain has won gold medals in rowing at every Paralympic Games since the sport was first added to the programme

World Rowing Championships 2023

Crew lists, results and more about the GB Rowing Team racing at the World Rowing Championships 2023 in Belgrade, Serbia

World Rowing Cup I 2024

GB Rowing Team crew lists and results for World Rowing Cup I 2024 in Varese, Italy

World Rowing Cup II 2023

GB Rowing Team crew lists and results for World Rowing Cup II 2023 in Varese, Italy

World Rowing Cup III 2023

GB Rowing Team crew lists and results for World Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland in 2023

European Rowing Championships 2024

Crew lists, results and daily roundups for the European Rowing Championships 2024.

World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals 2022

Crew lists, results and more about the GB Rowing Team racing at Saundersfoot, Wales from 14-16 October


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British Rowing Event Dates and Venues

Details for British Rowing Championships and regattas in 2024

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Competition Calendar

Click on a competition for more details. If you would like your competition listed on this calendar please email competitions@britishrowing.org

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Competition Framework

The Competition Framework is designed to deliver close, fair, exciting racing

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