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2021 FISA World Indoor Rowing Championships

Starts: February 23, 2021
Ends: February 27, 2021
Location: Virtual

The World Rowing Indoor Championships (WRICH) are held annually, typically near the end of February. The 2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships, presented by Concept2, will be held virtually. The WRICH comprises two phases: Qualification, 27 November 2020 (23:59 CET) – 7 February 2021 (23:59 CET) and Finals (23-27 February 2021). Competitors who qualify for the WRICH finals will race virtually, and in real time, against other finalists in their race category.

The registration deadline is SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH  5:59EST
• Athletes will need a valid passport to complete the registration
• FISA or VIRTUS Eligibility (for athletes with intellectual impairment) is required
• Your 2021 Rowers Choice Global Challenge 2000m submission CAN be used as your submission when that is due.

2021 RowersChoice Global Challenge Para Regatta (Virtual)

Starts: January 14, 2021
Ends: February 22, 2021

The RowersChoice Global Challenge is back and committed to making virtual races exciting in 2021! With categories for juniors, collegiate, open, masters and para, there is a race for everyone…with different distances every week. Every bracket has an opportunity to win prize money!

Open/Individual & Para Regattas: In addition to open individual events, we are looking for para rowers and future para rowers who seek a race for tough competition, prizes and fun!  All para events are self-classified so athletes do not need official classification or eligibility to race.

Para Regatta Schedule:

  • Para Registration will remain open until first submission is due
  • Para Event: Week of Jan 25 (submit by Jan 28) – Round of 32 = 350m
  • Para Event: Week of Feb 1 (submit by Feb 4) – Round of 16 = 1:00min
  • Para Event: Week of Feb 8 (submit by Feb 11) – Round of 8 = 1000m
  • Para Event: Week of Feb 15 (submit by Feb 18) – Round of 4 = 500m
  • Para Event: Week of Feb 22 (submit by Feb 25) – Championship = 2000m

Open/Individual Schedule:

  • Open Registration Closes January 14, 2021
  • Week of Jan 11 (submit by January 14)  – Time Trial Distance = 750m
  • Open: Week of Jan 18 (submit by January 21) – Round of 64 = 4:00min
  • Open: Week of Jan 25 (submit by Jan 28) – Round of 32 = 350m
  • Open: Week of Feb 1 (submit by Feb 4) – Round of 16 = 1:00min
  • Open: Week of Feb 8 (submit by Feb 11) – Round of 8 = 1000m
  • Open: Week of Feb 15 (submit by Feb 18) – Round of 4 = 500m
  • Open: Week of Feb 22 (submit by Feb 25) – Championship = 2000m

Please see Rower’s Choice Global Challenge website for details on races schedules and distances. While competition rules apply only to the RowersChoice Global Virtual Challenge of 2021, the rules of this competition are adapted from USRowing’s rules and standards with consideration made for upcoming US Rowing rule changes being voted upon and recent confirmed FISA & VIRTUS rule changes.

Athletes with intellectual impairment and other para classes do not need official Virtus eligibility or Para classification to enter. Athletes with intellectual impairment or para Military veterans may contact AWL for entry assistance.

RegattaCentral registration for the para event at has been extended until the first entry is due. Open/individual event registration closes on January 14th. 



With our Winter Fit season wrapped up we look forward to 2021 Summer/Fall training and racing!
Athletes Without Limits integrated DC Rowing Programs remain underway with COVID safety protocols offering a combination of virtual and in-person winter erg and fitness training for athletes with intellectual impairment, Veteran Leaders/Freemdom Rows and more. This unique season we’ve also got Zoom social activities and “Sunday Fundays” through our partnership with Adaptation Athletics. Travel or virtual participation to races and events will be posted as those events  are confirmed viable and safe for athletes and staff. Each year we offer two seasons:
November 2020 thru April 2021: DC WINTER FIT ROWING
May 2021 thru October 20201:
Programs are based out of the Anacostia Community Boathouse in Washington DC and through our partnership with DC Strokes Rowing. Interested athletes with intellectual impairment or disabled Veterans can use our contact form to reach out!

Virtus Global Challenge Rowing Series (Virtual)

Starts: October 9, 2020
Ends: December 10, 2020

The 2020 Virtus Global Challenge Series has been developed to help Virtus athletes remain connected to their sports. In times of COVID-19 the online or video format provides an opportunity for global competition where athletes can compete safely in their own environment. New challenges will be announced every three weeks for athletes to work towards and test themselves against others Virtus athletes worldwide.

The Virtus Global Rowing Challenge is for anyone who has competed previously in the sport or would like to start. There will be three rowing machine virtual challenges posted, each open for a period of 3 weeks:

  • Challenge 1 will be posted Oct 9 with entries due Oct 29 (GMT)
  • Challenge 2 will be posted Oct 30 with entries due Nov 19 (GMT)
  • Challenge 3 will be posted Nov 20 with entries due Dec 10 (GMT)

Full event and entry details as well as opportunities in other sports are posted on the Athletes Without Limits National website.

AWL Rowing Single Household Sculling Weekly Sessions

Date: July 5, 2020
Location: Anacostia Community Boathouse, Washington DC

With the June 27th Phase 2 re-opening of the ACBA Boathouse, AWL DC’s Rowing for team members with intellectual and developmental disabilities will begin sessions for experienced single sculling or ‘single household’ sibling doubles with weekly sessions starting Sunday, July 5th from 4-6pm.

The team will be closely following COVID-19 safety guidelines implemented by the Anacostia Community Boathouse (ACBA) and DC Strokes developed in consultation with ACBA members, guidance from USRowing, the DC Harbor Patrol, and the orders from Mayor Bowser and other DC officials.

Latest ACBA Boathouse COVID-19 Policies

Additional details will be emailed directly to AWL DC Rowing Team members. We look forward to getting back on the water — in the meantime have a safe and Happy Fourth!





WATCH THE RECORDED WEBINAR: In case anyone couldn’t make last night’s powerful Roundtable discussion presented by Rowing in Color, below is the link. Please feel free to send these links far and wide:

USRowing is pleased to announce that a Black Rowers and Coaches Roundtable sponsored by Rowing in Color has been added to our webinar schedule for Friday, June 19th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. EDT. This experienced panel of influential Black rowers and coaches will have an in-depth discussion on the topics of race, inclusion, and equity in the sport of rowing. This panel is open to both members and non-members. Panelists include:

  • David Banks – Two-time U.S. Olympic Rower; Five-time U.S. National Team Rower; Board of Directors, Oakland Strokes
  • Richard Butler – Former Diversity and Inclusion Manager, USRowing; Former Executive Director, Three Rivers Rowing Association
  • Malcolm Doldron – Women’s Lightweight Head Coach, Boston University; Head Coach, USRowing Under 23 Lightweight Women’s National Team Selection Camp
  • Michael Green – Dartmouth Men’s Rowing, Class of 2021
  • Brannon Johnson – Owner and CEO, BLJ Rowing
  • Patrick Johnson – Lead Coach and Program Director, DC Strokes Rowing Club, Athletes Without Limits, and US Army Warrior Games
  • Asiya Mahmud – Assistant Coach, Drexel University Women’s Rowing
  • Catherine Reddick – Two-time Pan American Games Medalist (2011: 2x, 4x); Board Member, Philadelphia City Rowing
  • Kadee Sylla – 2019 U.S. Under 23 National Team Rower; University of San Diego Women’s Rowing, Class of 2020
  • Craig White – Head Coach, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School

We encourage everyone to join the webinar!
The event is sponsored by the Rowing in Color podcast.

(Cancelled) 2020 Stonewall Regatta Washington DC

Date: June 7, 2020
Location: Anacostia Community Boathouse, Washington DC

Every summer, rowers and spectators from around the greater Washington DC area, nation, and globe gather in Washington, DC for the Stonewall Regatta, hosted by the DC Strokes Rowing Club (DCSRC). Stonewall is the only regatta in North America hosted by a Gay & Lesbian rowing team. The regatta is named in honor of the Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village in 1969, which is considered the start of the gay civil rights movement. The event promotes true sportsmanship in an open and inclusive environment, created not only by the participants themselves, but also by the event sponsors and volunteers. The regatta also kicks off the circuit of adult sprint race competitions in the mid-Atlantic region and draws serious rowers of all stripes from throughout the area.

Registration is scheduled to open at Regatta Central late April 2020.


ROW NEW YORK – Veteran’s Rowing

The Tri-Team Military/Veteran Challenge is a month-long competition between three Club’s Military/Veterans Rowing Programs — to see who can rack up as many active minutes as possible throughout May 2020!

The Interwebs/At home/The outdoors when social distancing is possible (cycling, runs, hikes, walks, rows, etc.)

Workouts May 1-31, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are all trying our hardest to stay healthy, safe, and to flatten the curve by slowing the spread; which for many teams means no team training. Let’s try to create a fun and healthy competition between our teams so that they can have a competitive outlet this spring and give you all a bit of motivation. We’re logging time instead of distances so that athletes who don’t have access to equipment or are under stay at home orders can be included.

Teams will be given contact information so you can text or email with your total TIME for that day to AWL’s Patrick Johnson (or you can send it every few days) with the type of workout (walk, run, skip, row, bike, treadmill, etc.) Weekly updates will be emailed to participants with final standings posted to the website in June. Results will be categorized by:

  • Military Service Branch (ARMY, NAVY, MARINE CORPS)
  • Rowing Club (AWL, Row New York, CRI)
  • Age Groups (21-35, 36-55, 56-100)
  • Overall ‘Regatta’ Champion (Most Minutes)

*Participating clubs are US Rowing Freedom Rows programs.

(Cancelled) 2020 San Diego Crew Classic

Starts: April 4, 2020
Ends: April 5, 2020
Location: Mission Bay, San Diego

March 12, 2020 Update: The 2020 SDCC has been cancelled in keeping with California Department of Health direction to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read the SDCC Announcement at

Once again AWL/DC Strokes Veteran Leader rowers will launch the on-water season by competing at the 2020 San Diego Crew Classic. From the event website: “The San Diego Crew Classic is the premiere spring rowing regatta. It is highly regarded among rowers spanning generations. Come enjoy the competitive field of rowing from the beautiful shores of Mission Bay, San Diego….. We are privileged to be hosting competitors from Freedom Rows and Paralympians from across the country.”

(Suspended) March 2020 AWL DC Sports Practices

Starts: March 12, 2020
Ends: March 31, 2020
Location: Crossfit Adaptation / Anacostia Community Boathouse

March 2020 Update: Below is a summary of closures and event cancellations affecting AWL DC Sports programs in order to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19. We will continue to reach out to team members directly as the situation evolves and are working on ways to help with at-home fitness until practices and events can resume.

  • AWL DC Strokes / Veterans Leaders Rowing Team/Winter F.I.T.  athletes and families were alerted by email that all team training and travel has been suspended until further notice.
  • Anacostia Community Boathouse is closed for group activities.
  • The April 4-5 San Diego Crew Classic has been cancelled as is the AWL Veteran Leaders /Freedom Rows trip to the event. Read the announcement.