Note – unless otherwise stated, all dates shown are in the year of the regatta.
Novice: Any sculler who has not competed in a sculling race prior to January 1 and who has not been a member of any senior national team nor has been a finalist in any sculling event at any national championships, the Independence Day Regatta or Canadian Henley.
Youth: Any rower 18 years of age or younger as of September 22.
Master: Any rower at least 30 years of age as of September 22.
Senior Master: Any sculler at least 40 years of age as of September 22.
Grand Master: Any sculler at least 50 years of age as of September 22.
Veteran: Any sculler at least 60 years of age as of September 22.
Senior Veteran: Any sculler at least 70 years of age as of September 22.
Handicaps will be based on the USRA 1000m handicaps adjusted for the 2.8 mile head race distance. A listing of time handicaps used for different boat classes is available online.
Lightweight: Men: 165 pounds or less; Women: 133 pounds or less.
Club Eights: Raced by individuals who, in the current year, did not finish in the top six places of any race at the EARC, EAWRC, Western Sprints, IRAs, PAC-10s or at NCAAs, or the top six places in any elite or open event at any national championships or national team trials.
Parent-Child: This division of event 13 will be raced after the Club Double. This race is for fun: no age requirements or handicaps, no gender requirements, no DNA, no arguments. Separate medal awarded, all requirements (three boats to start, representing at least two organizations) having been met.
Adaptive Inclusion Double: Crews in this event include one athlete with a verifiable and permanent physical or intellectual disability and one athlete without any qualifying disability. Inclusion crews may be mixed or same gender. Competitors must at a minimum be enrolled in high school. There is no age maximum and no age handicap. Separate medals will be awarded for the PR 1 or 2 (fixed seat) and PR 3 (sliding seat) categories.
Mixed Eights: The crew shall be at least half female (i.e., no fewer than four women), excluding the coxswain.
Grand Challenge Octuples: Entries must be submitted under only one club/school name. Four of the eight scullers must be from the same club/school. Mixed gender crews are acceptable.
In Masters Events 8, 15, 16, and 20: Masters crews (minimum average age, no rowers under age 27) will receive a handicap but will not race in a separate division. Masters handicaps are based on the USRA Standard
In Events 15 Mixed, 20 Mixed, 22 and 23: Masters crews (minimum average age 35, no rowers under age 30) will receive a handicap but will not race in a separate division. Masters handicaps are based on the USRA standard.
Coaches and Coxswains and Packet Pickup (Race Day Only)
The coxswains and coaches meeting will be held at Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Rock Creek Parkway) at 7:00 a.m. on race day, Sunday, September 22.
Race packets may be picked up at Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. (at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Rock Creek Parkway) on race day, Sunday, September 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Competitors may not pick up a packet until all completed waiver forms have been received and entry fees have been paid.
Potomac Boat Club crews and out of town single and double scullers launching from PBC may pick race packets up from Potomac Boat Club.
Lightweights must report to weigh-in between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 22 at Thompson Boat Center. Lightweight rowers will not be allowed to pick up a race packet until after weigh-in.