Avon welcomes social and competitive Masters rowers from beginners to experienced. You qualify as a Masters rower in the year you turn 27. See Rowing NZ for information about age categories.

Training blocks

Masters is divided into three blocks throughout the year because adults have busy lives! You can opt into any block according to your availability and interest.

Block 1 October – February (club regatta season)
Block 2 April – Queen’s Birthday (South Island Masters Champs)
Block 3 June – September (NZ Masters Champs)

Masters fee per block $150

Your club fee is a contribution to coaching, use of facilities, and repairs and maintenance of equipment.

Other costs

If you compete at regattas there are additional costs. You will need to pay an entry fee for each regatta (cost varies), boat transport contribution, accommodation, travel and food.

You will also need to buy an Avon singlet ($20 or $63.25) or a rowsuit ($90).

To compete in regattas held at Lake Ruataniwha and Lake Karapiro you must be registered with Rowing New Zealand. If you do this, you must also pay an affiliation fee to the Canterbury Rowing Association (our regional body). These fees cover you from 1 September 2020 – 31 August 2021.

2020-2021 affiliation fees

Rowing NZ competition license   $46.00 (usually $92)
CRA affiliation fee$57.50


Coached sessions are offered in each block, but frequency varies.

Block Erg Water
1 0 1
2 1 3
3 1 3

Regattas 2020-2021

There are local events and regattas through the year.

Club champs include some Masters events. Your coaches will decide which regattas Masters will attend.

  1. Otago Champs, 12-13 December 2020, Twizel
  2. Canterbury Champs, 16-17 January 2021, Twizel
  3. South Island Champs, 30-31 January 2021, Twizel
  4. South Island Masters Champs, 5-6 June 2021, Lake Hood, Ashburton
  5. NZ Masters Champs, 18-19 September 2021, Twizel

Please note: All weekend regattas require you to travel to the venue on Friday afternoon/evening and return Sunday afternoon/evening. Regattas are very weather dependent and finishing times, as well as water conditions, can’t be guaranteed!