Before you start, it’s worth getting to grips with a little background about the European and World Rowing Championships and the Olympic Games, and the key changes to them involving women’s rowing.
1951 (Macon), 1952 (Amsterdam) and 1953 (Copenhagen): The “trial” regattas
European Rowing Championships
1954 (Amsterdam): The first Women’s European Rowing Championships
1955 (Bucharest) and 1956 (Bled): No money, no crews
1957 (Duisburg): Fantastic facilities but only 11 races
1958 (Poznan) and 1959 (Macon): Avoiding a ‘tiring journey’
1960 (Willesden): International women’s rowing comes to Britain
1961 (Prague): All aboard the bus!
1962 (East Berlin): Penny’s silver medal
1963 (Moscow): To Russia with bug
1964 (Amsterdam): New blood (well, some), new funding, ‘new’ land training
1965 (Duisburg): Even more amateur than usual?
1966 (Amsterdam): Di Ellis strokes GB eight
1967 (Vichy) and 1968 (East Berlin): No teams. That is all.
1969 (Klagenfurt): One sculler’s creditable performance
1970 (Lake Tata, Hungary): Nearly making two finals
1971 (Copenhagen): High hopes blown away
1972 (Brandenburg): GB women’s last European Championships
1973 (Moscow): The end of an era
World Rowing Championships and Olympic Games
1974 (Lucerne): The first World Championships incorporating women’s events
1975 (Nottingham): A step up, but only a small one
1976 Olympics (Montreal): When women first rowed at the Olympics
1977 (Amsterdam): GB women reach their first World Championships final
1978 (Lake Karapiro, New Zealand): Good quality but little quantity
1979 and onwards – coming soon!