US Rowing Age Classifications
Some of you new folks might wonder what all the talk is about age classifications for regattas. Here is a little blurb from US Rowing about Masters classifications:
(1) Masters crews shall be classified by age according to the following categories: (AA) 21 to 26 years, (A) 27 to 35 years, (B) 36 to 42 years, (C) 43 to 49 years, (D) 50 to 54 years, (E) 55 to 59 years, (F) 60 to 64 years, (G) 65 to 69 years, (H) 70 to 74 years, (I) 75 to 79 years, (J) 80 and over. The age category of a Masters crew shall be determined by the average age of the rowers in the crew, rounded to the nearest integer. The age of a coxswain shall not be counted. The ages of individual rowers need not fall within the age category, so long as each rower is a Master and so long as the average age of the crew falls within the applicable category.
And the reason there are age classifications is because there are handicaps associated with the difference in ages. So yes, it’s GREAT to be old!!
(This is a very general discussion, so if any of the coaches or experienced rowers want to add to the topic, please feel free to do so!)