The European Rowing Championships, staged at Strathclyde Country Park in North Lanarkshire, will see over 600 athletes compete across four days of exhilarating action as they attempt to row their way to European victory. Spurred on by cheering crowds, expect impressive feats of strength as athletes battle it out in rounds of heats, repechage and semi-finals, culminating to two days of finals, with nail-biting photo finishes as the crews come into the final 500m of the race.
Medal Events: 17
Competition Days: 4
First Edition: 1893
Aim of the Game
Six lanes, six boats and 2,000m sprint. First boat to cross the line – wins!
Athletes will race in a variety of boats, ranging from a single scull (one athlete), double sculls or pairs (two athletes), to quadruple sculls or fours (four athletes), up to eights (eight rowers with a cox). There are two different types of boats in rowing, sculling and sweep boats. In sculling, athletes have two oars each and one each in sweep boats. The only events at the European Rowing Championships to have a coxswain (cox) will be the men’s and women’s coxed eights. In rowing, the cox is responsible for steering the boat and encouraging the crew. In some of the boat classes, lightweight categories are offered for men weighing less than 72.5kg and women less than 59kg.
Image credit: FISA Igor Meijer