You qualify as a Masters rower in the year you turn 27. Avon welcomes social and competitive Masters rowers from beginners to experienced.

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 (2020 South Island Masters Champs have been cancelled)
Block 3 June – mid September (NZ Masters Champs)

Club membership options

The fees vary depending on the type of membership you choose. Your club fee is a contribution to coaching costs (if relevant) and use of facilities.

Membership Fee per block
Competitive, coached 100
Social, coached 80
Competitive or social, no coaching 50
Club athletes 27+ (rowed for Avon during club season)

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 (or rowsuit for the brave!). A singlet costs $57.50; a rowsuit costs $90.

For some regattas you must register with Rowing New Zealand. If you do this, you must also pay an affiliation fee to the Canterbury Rowing Association (our regional body).

2019-2020 affiliation fees

Rowing NZ competition license   $92.00
CRA affiliation fee$57.50


Coached on-water and erg sessions will be offered in each block, but frequency will vary.

Block Erg On-water
1 1 1
2 1 2
3 1 2-3

Regattas 2019-2020

Club champs include some Masters events. The Masters Coordinator will decide which regattas Masters will attend.

  1. NZ Masters Champs, 14-15 September, Twizel
  2. Marlborough Champs, 30 Nov-1 Dec, Blenheim
  3. Otago Champs, 14-15 December, Twizel
  4. Canterbury Champs, 18-19 January, Twizel
  5. South Island Champs, 1-2 February, Twizel
  6. South Island Masters Champs, 30-31 May, Lake Hood – cancelled

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!