Just found that there is rowing at the Commonwealth Games – hooray for Bonnie Scotland. It used to be a part of the main event, but that got
discontinued and a special, parallel organisation formed to host regattas in the years when the event was in a part of the world who wanted to row (just my bias talking there).
The Commonwealth Rowing Championships is held every 4 years in the same year as the Commonwealth Games. It is organised by the host nation under the direction of the Commonwealth Rowing Association.
And it appears the crews are racing 500m or 1500m races…. WTF?
… browse to Team Composition page and I learn how they’ve composed the event and the teams – quite a smart offering mix of scull and sweep, light and heavyweights.
1. Teams are restricted to a maximum of 6 male and 6 female athletes.
2. For the Men’s 4- and Women’s 4x events two members of the crew must be lightweight athletes and all members of the crew must have competed in events earlier in the Championships.
So that’s why there is a limited programme. See image below for the full schedule of original events (lighties in with heavies) and an exhibition 8s race at the end! I guess that’s a mixed sex crew… who coxes?
And maybe they have to wear the amazing Scottish team kilts too…. picnic rugs all round.
UPDATE: The Draw is up there is a link from the Scottish Rowing website – a good entry including entries from countries not usually associated with rowing. Thanks to Ian “Chalky” White for the update here.