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Competitive Rowing 

Programmes for competitive season rowers 


Programmes are offered across all levels of competitive rowing from Novice through to Senior-level. Coaching occurs under a coordinated schedule that is fixed to best accommodate rowers and the coach.

Returning rowers from one competition season to the next can stay active by continuing low-level winter training on and off the water, as membership fees are for a full year.

Opportunity exists for competent rowers to join the club in time for the start of the competition season.


Structured training both on and off water varies in intensity to progressively prepare crews for competition and racing. Alongside technical skill acquisition and increased fitness, the rowing journey develops such skills and attributes as teamwork and time management. High value is placed on a commitment to the journey. Important, too, is having fun on the way in a supportive and safe environment.

The rowing season begins officially on 1 September each year, with firmed crews and training in place by October. 


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Racing and regattas

There are many competitive regattas for club rowers held throughout NZ, with racing opportunities across levels of ability, and age-group events for those under 18. 

Every rower is classified according to ability into one of five classes (Classes listed in order of increasing ability from lowest to highest):

  • Novice

  • Intermediate

  • Club

  • Senior

  • Premier


A person who has never rowed in a race is unclassified according to ability and is eligible for Novice events.

All rowers competing must be affiliated with a Regional Association (for Cure rowers this is with the Canterbury Rowing Association) and carry an annual license with Rowing NZ. Association fees are built into the club's annual membership fee and passed on to each body.

Key competitive season regatta dates 2023-24

  • 25-26 November 2023   Ashburton Regatta

  • 9-10 December 2023    Otago Champs – Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel

  • 13-14 January 2024       Canterbury Champs – Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel

  • 27-28 January 2024       South Island Champs – Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel

  • 13-17 February 2024     National Champs – Lake Karapiro, Cambridge*

* Competition rowers may go on to row at the National Club Championships, this season being held at Lake Karapiro. The event is held over 5 days and more than 60 events are offered on the programme.

School rowing

The club supports school rowing. Members attending high school row for Cure during the club season, and school crews from local high schools periodically go on to row at school regattas, subject to numbers. The school regattas are held during late February and March after the conclusion of the club competition and culminate in the National Secondary Schools Championships (commonly known as the Maadi Cup regatta). 


School Regattas (if carrying local high school crews through)

  • 1-3 March 2024            Meridian South Island Secondary School Championships

  • 18-23 March 2024         Aon NZ Secondary Schools Championships

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