The country has sent six boats to the World Championships starting in Ottensheim, Austria, today when five crews will be looking to qualify for the quadrennial showpiece in Tokyo.
The Tuks-based team will have a strong heavyweight presence featuring four boats including Olympic medallists John Smith and Lawrence Brittain partnering in the men’s pair.
Four heavyweight boats - the men’s pair, double sculls, four and the women’s pair - and the lightweight women’s double skills will be aiming for qualification.
Former world lightweight single sculls champion Kirsten McCann will rekindle her partnership with Ursula Grobler, who was with her in the doubles boats at the Rio 2016 Games. Nicole van Wyk will be in the sixth boat at the regatta in the lightweight single sculls which is not an Olympic class event.