The European Rowing Championships are among the oldest pan-continental sporting events and are able to trace their history back to 1893. The event has progressed a long way from its 19th century origins – with just three races and all for men – and 18 titles will be up for grabs across four days when the event forms part of the inaugural multisport 2018 European Championships.

Like the triathlon events, rowing will be held at Glasgow’s Strathclyde Country Park.

Rowers competing at the 2015 European Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland
Rowers competing at the 2015 European Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland
Image credit: FISA Igor Meijer

The European Rowing Championships saw a four-fold increase in its TV viewing audience between 2010 and 2015 with expectations high this upward trend will continue thanks to rowing becoming part of the European Championships.

The European Rowing Championships saw a four-fold increase in its TV viewing audience between 2010 and 2015.

"The chance to have our European Rowing Championships packaged together with other leading European sports through the European Broadcast Union, our long-term television partner, is the right opportunity for our sport at a time when our own television audiences are increasing year-on-year,” commented World Rowing Federation President Jean-Christophe Rolland.

European Rowing is coordinated by the World Rowing Federation's European Rowing Management Board, whose chair, Ryszard Stadniuk, added:

The European Championships will complement the dramatic growth of the European Rowing Championships.

The 2018 European Rowing Championships will also build on the success of the European nations at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

For the third consecutive Olympics, Great Britain topped the final medal table – meaning that local support will be plentiful in Glasgow – but six other European nations also struck gold in Rio, including continental powerhouses Germany, the Netherlands and Croatia.

The European Rowing Championships in 2018 should see these rivalries revisited as leading European rowing nations have become fully committed to the event over the last decade.

An estimated 600 rowers from more than 40 European nations are expected to take to the water in Glasgow. The pan-European appeal of the Championships and the sport can be demonstrated by the fact that 23 nations were among the medallists at the 2016 European Rowing Championships in Brandenburg, Germany.

Venue

Strathclyde Country Park

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The hosts are able to showcase a venue that has also previously hosted the 2005 World Rowing Masters Regatta and 2007 Under 23 World Rowing Championships.

The European Rowing Championships are among the oldest pan-continental sporting events and are able to trace their history back to 1893.

Federation

The history of European Rowing dates back to 1893 when the first European Championships were held. Today, European Rowing comprises of the 46 European national rowing federations. It is governed by the European Rowing Management Board (ERMB). The ERMB is made up of four elected members and three members appointed by the World Rowing Federation (FISA) Council. It monitors and manages the staging of the European Rowing Championships, the European Rowing Junior Championships and the European Rowing Indoor Championships.