2018 New Zealand Masters Rowing Championships
While the Elites are racing in Bulgaria, the first major regatta of the 2018/19 season will take place at Lake Karapiro this weekend. The 2018 New Zealand Masters Rowing Championships will see 266 rowers from 27 clubs including a few Australian clubs compete across 2 days of racing over the 1000 metre course built for the 2017 World Masters Games.
Last year’s regatta saw a new trophy donated by the Union Rowing Club to be awarded for the most successful club at the NZ Masters Championships. Points are awarded on a 5 – 3 – 1 basis. Points are only awarded to crews that are made up from crews from one club – composite crews are ineligible to earn points.
The regatta is broken up to 8 blocks - with blocks 1-4 held on Saturday, blocks 5-8 on Sunday. Heats are held first for each block with the subsequent finals run in order for that same block. Mixed Events are being run as divisions only with medals awarded to all the place-getters in each division.
Masters rowing is open to rowers 27 years of age and older. Rowers race in age categories starting at 'A' for those with a minimum age of 27. The categories continue through to 'K' for crews with an average age of 85 years or more - the oldest competitor at the 2017 event is 87 years of age.
Follow the results live on rowit.nz