On 1st April 2010 our 'veteran' rowers became known as 'Masters'. There has also been a change in the lower age so that rowers from 27 years to over 80 can now compete in Masters events. This brings us in line with the international programme and, with its age-related handicap system, Masters racing is often highly competitive.
British Rowing's Masters Commission is responsible for pursuing all aspects of the sport that concern Masters rowing, such as increasing participation and developing opportunities for competition.
Internationally, Masters rowers have an annual championships called the FISA Masters Championships.
There is a British Rowing Masters Championships which takes place annually in June and the Vesta Veterans Head (March) and the Veteran Fours Head (November) are also hotly contested events.
You can talk to other Masters rowers on the Explore Rowing website where there is a discussion group and forum to help you find matching competition.
There is also a Masters Handicap Interpolations spreadsheet available, to help work out interpolated handicap times for masters crews in head races.