Year by year

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 and onwards – coming soon!