Dating back thousands and thousands of years, the sport of rowing is still going strong in the year 2019. Believed to be invented during the Ancient Egyptian times, competitive sport rowing is thought to have come to existence in the 10th century. It was also one of the first Olympic sports, being penciled in for the 1896 Games before weather forced it to be cancelled. Men rowers finally put their oars in the water at the 1900 Olympic Games, while women had to wait another 76 years to be allowed to compete at the highest level.
The governing body of elite-level rowing is FISA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron), aka The World Rowing Association. You can check out the info about it, including rules and regulations, at www.worldrowing.com.
The most decorated star in rowing history is Romania’s Elisabeta Lipa, who won eight Olympic rowing medals, including five golds. For the men, it would be Great Britain’s Steve Redgrave, who won six Olympic medals, five gold. The current top ranked male is Germany’s Richard Schmidt, while the U.S.A.’s Emily Regan is the top female.
For the most part, rowing has been pretty controversy-free, with a small number of doping violations and generally good behaviour by its competitors.
What U.S. and British betting sites accept bets on rowing?
And to add to the fun, why not put some money on the events? Yes, you can bet on rowing, at Betfair: www.betfair.com/sport/rowing or William Hill: sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/c/357/Rowing.html or if you are located in the UK you can do betting on rowing competitions at good odds on Ladbrokes site: news.ladbrokes.com/betting/rowing-odds.While bookmakers such as Betfair and William Hill are available, and legal, for United States’ citizens, unfortunately Ladbrokes is not. But the good news is betting exchange Betfair and sportsbook William Hill US are also available in mobile app form.
Rowing events in 2019
Despite 2019 not being an Olympic year, there is still plenty of elite rowing action on the calendar. Here’s the upcoming schedule for 2019, from www.worldrowing.com/events/calendar
- 2019 BRUGGE BOAT RACE ELITE 2 – 3 MAR
- 2019 HEINEKEN ROEIVIERKAMP ELITE 9 – 10 MAR
- 2019 INTERNATIONAL BUDAPEST CUP REGATTA ELITE 6 APR
- 2019 MEMORIAL PAOLO D’ALOJA ELITE 12 – 14 APR
- 2019 CROATIA OPEN ELITE 13 – 14 APR
- 2019 GHENT INTERNATIONAL SPRING REGATTA ELITE 13 – 14 APR
- 2019 GRAVELINES INTERNATIONAL REGATTA ELITE20 – 21 APR
- 2019 OPEN SEASON INTERNATIONAL REGATTA ELITE 26 – 28 APR
- 2019 INTERNATIONAL DRV JUNIOR REGATTA ELITE 4 – 5 MAY
- 2019 INTERNATIONAL REGATTA SVETI DUJE ELITE 4 – 5 MAY
- 2019 BELGRADE INTERNATIONAL REGATTA ELITE 4 – 5 MAY
- 2019 WORLD ROWING CUP I ELITE 10 – 12 MAY
- 2019 INTERNATIONAL GHENT MAY REGATTA 41ST INTERNATIONAL BELGIAN SENIOR & U23 ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS 1 ELITE 11 – 12 MAY
- 2019 INTERNATIONAL BELGIAN SENIOR AND U23 CHAMPIONSHIPS ELITE 11 – 12 MAY
- 2019 BRNO INTERNATIONAL REGATTA ELITE 18 – 19 MAY
- 2019 EUROW INTERNATIONAL REGATTA ELITE 24 – 26 MAY
- 2019 GRAND MOSCOW REGATTA ELITE 30 MAY – 3 JUN
- 2019 EUROPEAN ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS ELITE 31 MAY – 2 JUN
- 2019 HAMBURG INTERNATIONAL DRV JUNIOR REGATTA ELITE 1 – 2 JUN
- 2019 INTERNATIONAL JUMBO REGATTA ELITE 1 – 2 JUN
- 2019 RATZEBURG INTERNATIONAL REGATTA ELITE 8 – 9 JUN
- 2019 AFRICAN BEACH GAMES ELITE 14 – 23 JUN
- 2019 BLED INTERNATIONAL REGATTA ELITE 14 – 16 JUN
- 2019 WORLD ROWING CUP II ELITE 21 – 23 JUN
- 2019 DUTCH MASTERS OPEN ELITE 23 JUN
- 2019 MASTERS SPRINT REGATTA ELITE 28 – 30 JUN
- 2019 AMBER OARS INTERNATIONAL REGATTA ELITE 28 – 30 JUN
- 2019 WORLD ROWING CUP III ELITE 12 – 14 JUL
- 2019 EUROW INTERNATIONAL MASTERS REGATTA ELITE 25 – 28 JUL
- 2019 OPEN LITHUANIAN SENIOR, U23 AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ELITE 17 – 18 AUG
- 2019 TREBON INTERNATIONAL REGATTA ELITE 23 – 24 AUG
- 2019 VOJVODINA OPEN INTERNATIONAL REGATTA ELITE 23 – 25 AUG
- 2019 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS ELITE 25 AUG – 1 SEP
- 2019 EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES CHAMPIONSHIP ELITE 4 – 7 SEP
- 2019 KRAMER HARBOUR RACES ELITE 8 SEP 2019
- 2019 EIGHTS AT PAG INTERNATIONAL REGATTA ELITE 22 SEP
- 2019 INTERNATIONAL SKIFF REGATTA ROSE VOM WOERTHERSEE ELITE 5 OCT
That’s a whole lot of rowing!
Where to watch rowing competitions live?
If you want to watch the top rowing events in the United States, then the NBC Sports Group is the place for you. In 2018 NBCSN signed a three-year U.S. media rights contract to broadcast the premier rowing events each year, including the World Rowing Championship, the World Rowing Cup, and the European Rowing Championships. In Europe, Eurovision Sport is the place to go; down under it’s Fox Australia.
Rowing 2019 results
If you unable to watch the events live, you can also check out the results as they happen on FISA’s website www.worldrowing.com/events/results
Photo by Akshay Chauhan