Coupe de la Jeunesse
The Coupe de la Jeunesse, is an international rowing regatta rowed over 2,000 m every year. It was founded in 1985 and is open to rowers who are 18 or under by the end of the current calendar year. It is a two-day team event, with points awarded to nations based on finishing position in each category. As a result a strong overall team is required to take overall victory in the Coupe, and the event has only ever been won by Great Britain (11 wins), Italy (9 wins), and France (8 wins).
Each category is raced separately on the first and second day of the regatta, allowing different Coupe de la Jeunesse event winners on each day. Many countries use this regatta as a destination for athletes who do not reach the standard required for the Junior World Championships.
In 2011 the Coupe will be held in Ottensheim near Linz, Austria from 29th until 31st of July, and is organised by the Wassersportverein Ottensheim.
Events are raced in the following boats (using standard abbreviations):
- Men: 8+, 4+, 4-, 2-, 4x, 2x, 1x
- Women: 8+, 4-, 2-, 4x, 2x, 1x
The Women's Eight was added to the competition in 2007 at the match in Varese (Italy) for the first time officially. Before it stayed as a demonstration race in the programme for two years. The Women's Eight is only raced once right before the Opening Ceremony. The Eight consists of rowers competing also in other events at the Coupe de la Jeunesse.
The Coupe has a four member Executive Committee elected by the Delegate Assembly. Four Delegates join the Coupe Executive as consultants from previous and future host countries of the event.
Currently the Executiv Committee consists of:
- Geoffrey Brook, President (Great Britain)
- Christian Stofer, Secretary General (Switzerland)
- Daniël Deweert, Technical Assessor (Belgium)
- Bas Labordus, Technical Assessor (The Netherlands)