Fun Facts

The different types of boats

The prefixes M and W indicate the sex of the rower(s). For national regattas, this is followed by the category of rower, J12 to J18 for juniors, S for seniors and M for masters. This prefix is followed by the number of rowers (1, 2, 4, or 8). The letter X indicates a sculling boat (two oars per rower). The absence of an X indicates a sweep boat (one oar per rower). Finally, a + means the boat has a cox and a – means there is no cox.

Olympic Events
W1x Women’s Single Sculls Length: 8m
Beam: 1m60
M1x Men’s Single Sculls
W2- Women’s Pair

Length: 10m
Beam: 1m70

M2- Men’s Pair
W2x Women’s Double Sculls  

Length: 10m
Beam: 1m60

M2x Men’s Double Sculls
LW2x Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls
LM2x Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls
LM4- Lightweight Men’s Four  

Length: 13m
Beam: 1m70

M4- Men’s Four
W4x Women’s Quadruple Sculls  

Length: 13m
Beam: 1m60

M4x Men’s Quadruple Sculls
W8+ Women’s Eight

Length: 18m
Beam: 1m70

M8+ Men’s Eight
Non-Olympics Events
LW1x Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls Length: 8m
Beam: 1m60
LM1x Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls
LM2- Lightweight Men’s Pair Length: 10m
Beam: 1m70
M2+ Men’s Coxed Pair Length: 11m
Beam: 1m70
LW4x Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Sculls Length: 13m
Beam: 1m60
LM4x Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Sculls
W4- Women’s Four Length: 13m
Beam: 1m70
M4+ Men’s Coxed Four Length: 14m
Beam: 1m70
LM8+ Lightweight Men’s Eight Length: 18m
Beam: 1m70