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The World Rowing Championships is an international rowing regatta organized by FISA (the International Rowing Federation). It is a week long event held at the end of the northern hemisphere summer and in non-Olympic years is the highlight of the international rowing calendar.

The first event was held in Lucerne, Switzerland in 1962. The event then was held every 4 years until 1974 — when it became an annual competition. Also in 1974, Men's lightweight and Women's open weight events were added to the championships. In 1985, Women's lightweight events were added to the schedule.

Since 1996, during (Summer) Olympic years, the Junior World Rowing Championships are held at the same time.

In 2002, adaptive rowing events were introduced for the following classes of disability: LTA (legs, trunk and arms), TA (trunk, arms), and A (arms-only).


Rowing takes place in 22 different boat classes, apart from during Olympic years when only non-Olympic boat classes race. National teams generally take less interest in the non-Olympic events, as the Olympic events are considered the "premier" events.

The table below shows the boat classes, "O" indicates the boat races at both the Olympics and World Championships. "WC" indicates this is only a World Championship event. After 2007, the coxed fours (4+) no longer runs as a world championship event.

Boat Men Lwt Men Women Lwt Women
1x Single sculls O WC O WC
2x Double sculls O O O O
2- Coxless pairs O WC O
2+ Coxed pairs WC
4x Quad sculls O WC O WC
4- Coxless fours O O WC
4+ Coxed fours
8+ Eights O WC O


Year City Country Date
1962 Lucerne
1966 Bled
Lake Bled
1970 St. Catharines
Martindale Pond
1974 Lucerne
1975 Nottingham
Holme Pierrepont
 Great Britain
1977 Amsterdam
1978 Hamilton
Lake Karapiro
 New Zealand
1979 Bled
Lake Bled
1980 Hazewinkel  Belgium
1981 Munich
1982 Lucerne
1983 Duisburg  Germany
1984 Montreal
Île Notre-Dame
1985 Hazewinkel  Belgium
1986 Nottingham
Holme Pierrepont
 Great Britain
1987 Copenhagen  Denmark
1988 Milan  Italy
1989 Bled
Lake Bled
1990 Tasmania
Lake Barrington
 Australia (24 October - 4 November)
1991 Vienna  Austria (24-25 August)
1992 Montreal
Île Notre-Dame
1993 Račice
 Czech Republic (8-9 May)
1994 Indianapolis
Eagle Creek Park
 United States (17-18 September)
1995 Tampere
 Finland (25-27 August)
1996 Motherwell
Strathclyde Country Park
 United Kingdom (5-11 August)
1997 Aiguebelette  France (31 August - 7 September)
1998 Cologne
 Germany September 6 – September 13
1999 St. Catharines
Martindale Pond
 Canada August 22 – August 29
2000 Zagreb
 Croatia August 1 – August 6
2001 Lucerne
 Switzerland August 19 – August 26
2002 Seville
 Spain September 15 – September 22
2003 Milan
 Italy August 24 – August 31
2004 Banyoles
Lake of Banyoles
 Spain July 27 – August 1
2005 Kaizu, Gifu
Nagaragawa International Regatta Course
 Japan August 29 – September 4
2006 Dorney
Dorney Lake
 Great Britain August 20 – August 27
2007 Munich
 Germany August 26 – September 2
2008 Ottensheim  Austria July 20 – July 27
2009 Poznań
Lake Malta
 Poland August 23 – August 30
2010 Hamilton
Lake Karapiro
 New Zealand October 29 – November 7
2011 Bled
Lake Bled
 Slovenia August 28 – September 4
2012 Plovdiv  Bulgaria July 18 – July 21
2013 Chungju
Tangeum Lake
 South Korea August 25 – September 1
2014 Amsterdam
 Netherlands August 24 – August 31
Times Hosted Host Country
4 Switzerland Switzerland, Canada Canada, United Kingdom Great Britain, Germany Germany
3 Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
2 New Zealand New Zealand, Netherlands Netherlands, Belgium Belgium, Italy Italy, Austria Austria, Spain Spain
1 South Korea South Korea, Denmark Denmark, Australia Australia, Czech Republic Czech Republic, United States United States, Finland Finland, France France, Croatia Croatia, Japan Japan, Poland Poland, Slovenia Slovenia, Bulgaria Bulgaria

See also

World Rowing Championship Website [1]



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