World Championships
Number of entries in each event

Unofficial summary;  non-Olympic senior events are shown in italics, as are the equivalent boat classes at U23 and Junior categories.
Olympic & Paralympic events are marked with an asterisk (*) in Olympic year, as no World Championships in those events that year.


Event 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Men
M1x 21 17 28 * 25 24 32 * 22 23 36 * 36 31 41 * 39
M2x 16 18 25 * 20 24 27 * 18 15 22 * 18 23 29 * 21
M2- 21 16 28 * 19 16 24 * 13 14 24 * 21 20 27 * 19
M4x 16 17 22 * 14 15 21 * 14 10 20 * 18 20 16 * 15
M4- 12 16 24 * 17 18 25 * 16 12 22 * 17 17 21 * 16
M8+ 12 12 16 * 12 16 16 * 10 11 13 * 10 12 13 * 12
M2+ 9 7 7 11 3** 6** 10 15 7 4 ** 8 9 4 ** 12 8 15 8 - Deletion of this event was discussed at the 2013 Extraordinary Congress, but the event was retained. Discussed again 2017 and removed.
M4+ 9 7 10 13 6 ** 6 ** 5 ** - - - - - - - - - - Event no longer in the programme
Women
W1x 15 15 20 * 15 20 29 * 18 13 18 * 24 28 35 * 21
W2x 12 11 16 * 11 15 17 * 13 11 19 * 15 22 25 * 15
W2- 13 17 17 * 13 11 13 * 15 10 16 * 14 15 22 * 12
W4x 9 10 14 * 9 8 13 * 8 11 11 * 11 13 11 * 9
W4- 10 7 5 ** 11 4 ** 7 6 ** 7 6 ** 4 ** 5 ** - 6 ** 10 5 ** 7 12 Event was briefly no longer in the programme, after 2011, but FISA reintroduced it at the 2013 Extraordinary Congress, & returned to Olympic programme at 2016 Extraordinary Congress.
W8+ 8 7 8 * 8 12 10 * 8 9 8 * 9 11 10 * 8
Lightweight Men
LM1x 17 15 29 22 22 24 27 26 24 14 18 26 27 28 36 25 30
LM2x 21 23 28 * 25 28 33 * 19 18 33 * 24 26 33 * 24
LM2- 12 19 11 15 14 13 13 17 11 11 16 21 10 17 15 16 8
LM4x 13 10 9 11 7 5 ** 9 7 7 6 ** 8 15 10 10 10 12 17
LM4- 16 19 22 * 15 23 27 * 20 18 24 * 17 16 24 * 6 ** Removed from programme by 2017 Congress.
LM8+ 9 6 ** 6 ** 5 ** 2 6 6 9 9 5 ** 5 ** 9 3 ** 5 ** 5 ** - - Event no longer in the programme, as fewer than 7 entries in 2013-2015 Event would have previously been no longer in the programme, was retained by decision of FISA Extraordinary Congress 5.2.05, but from 2009 again subject to rule 31.
Lightweight Women
LW1x 12 21 21 18 20 21 22 20 17 9 20 23 23 13 22 22 16
LW2x 14 18 23 * 16 22 19 * 16 16 24 * 18 22 27 * 20
LW2- 6 ** 4 ** 6 ** - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Event was no longer in the programme, but reinstated by 2017 Congress.
LW4x 11 8 10 8 7 6 ** 8 7 5 ** 6 ** 12 10 9 9 10 5 ** 9
Para-Rowing Events
PR1M1x, was ASM1x 12 11 17 * 12 12 24 * 16
PR2Mix2x, was TAMix2x 11 7 12 * 8 11 14 * 6 **
PR3Mix2x, was LTAMix2x 5 ** 7 1 ** 4 ** 6 ** Event would have no longer been in the programme, as fewer than 7 entries in 2015-2017, but retained by 2017 Congress.
PR3Mix4+, was LTAMix4+ 11 9 16 * 6 ** 7 17 * 5 **
PR1W1x, was ASW1x 6 ** 6 ** 12 * 9 10 15 * 9
LTAIDMix4+ 2 ** 3 ** 4 ** - - - - - - Event no longer in the programme
Under 23 Men
BM1x 23 20 25 29 22 21 28 27 27 29 23 26 27
BM2x 19 17 11 19 16 24 16 18 17 20 18 15 21
BM2- 15 14 18 21 13 13 22 18 18 16 13 10 15
BM4x 14 15 16 15 19 18 15 19 17 15 14 17 14
BM4- 11 12 15 18 16 14 13 13 11 13 12 14 15
BM8+ 15 11 13 12 9 15 8 10 12 10 11 13 11
BM4+ 6 ** 11 4 ** 7 10 9 10 10 9 8 9 12 7
Under 23 Women
BW1x 15 18 15 15 16 17 17 19 19 21 15 26 19
BW2x 15 14 11 17 10 8 10 14 11 9 15 15 14
BW2- 10 11 6 ** 8 9 9 13 9 12 12 10 11 12
BW4x 11 8 10 8 9 12 9 12 10 9 12 11 9
BW4- 11 7 7 10 10 8 7 9 11 10 11 10 14
BW8+ - 8 5 7 7 6 ** 5 ** 5 ** 7 7 6 ** 8 8 Although fewer than 7 entries for 3 consecutive world championships, U23 events for Olympic boat classes are exempt from the "natural death" rule, so BW8+ continues.
Under 23 Lightweight Men
BLM1x 25 20 23 24 30 24 25 18 27 25 21 29 34
BLM2x 15 18 18 22 20 22 24 20 19 19 28 19 22
BLM2- 12 14 10 11 9 19 13 13 17 14 14 15 12
BLM4x 9 10 10 12 13 15 15 11 6 ** 5 ** 10 13 13
BLM4- 15 15 17 12 19 15 14 14 12 12 9 14 5 ** -
Under 23 Lightweight Women
BLW1x 19 18 18 23 18 17 20 22 18 20 18 23 17
BLW2x 10 12 17 16 14 15 14 16 13 18 18 18 14
BLW4x 9 7 8 4 ** 7 9 9 9 10
Junior Men
JM1x 23 26 21 27 29 25 32 30 36 27 27 32 35 33 25 29 39
JM2x 23 23 20 21 30 28 23 31 34 28 24 32 26 27 18 30 27
JM2- 16 19 18 18 18 20 16 26 26 18 18 21 28 26 13 25 22
JM4x 21 19 23 20 23 24 24 22 32 24 21 27 24 27 20 25 18
JM4- 19 11 16 17 17 13 15 14 19 12 17 14 18 17 16 14 21
JM8+ 13 10 7 13 13 13 8 12 12 12 7 10 14 10 7 12 10
JM2+ 8 6 ** 4 ** 6 ** - - - - - - - - - - - - - Event no longer in the programme
JM4+ 10 12 8 11 13 11 8 9 11 14 9 11 11 11 8 10 9
Junior Women
JW1x 21 20 20 16 17 20 18 24 31 20 19 28 27 33 23 25 29
JW2x 21 18 13 17 18 18 27 16 20 21 19 18 24 22 19 24 28
JW2- 10 8 10 9 13 15 11 10 16 9 8 13 15 12 12 13 15
JW4x 12 19 11 8 13 18 12 15 19 12 16 16 20 15 12 19 14
JW4- 9 9 7 7 12 10 9 9 7 12 11 14 12 13 10 14 17
JW8+ 7 8 6 ** 9 7 5 ** 7 5 ** 7 7 3 ** 6 ** 8 7 7 10 9

** Under Rule 36 (previously Rule 31) for FISA World Championships, any event in which there are fewer than seven starters in three consecutive World Championships will be automatically removed from the programme of the World Championships for the following years.  After the Dubrovnik Extraordinary Congress in Feb 2005, this provision no longer applied to events for eights, nor for any Olympic events.
Adaptive events were included in this provision from 2009, but Paralympic events were excluded, as were Olympic boat classes in U23 and Junior categories. The exemption for eights was removed in the 2009 change.
Further possible changes were discussed at the 2013 Extraordinary Congress.


Note that the above summary is unofficial;  any comments or corrections to me please.  

In some cases the numbers in this list are the number of entries, rather than the number who started which is what matters for the FISA rule.

Page created 21 Sep 02, last updated 2 Oct 2017

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