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 World Rowing Masters Regatta.
There is a British Rowing Masters Championships which takes place annually in June and the Vesta Veterans Head (March), the Henley Masters Regatta (July), and the Veteran Fours Head (November) are also hotly contested events.
You can talk to other Masters rowers and find matching competition on Facebook - www.facebook.com/GBMastersRowing.
From 2015, events may request a local rule - which should be agreed with their Regional Umpire Committee - to offer Master Category 'K', average age 85-89. Details of the Masters handicap are included in the document below.