Although the AARC, in the end, decided to focus all its attention and funding on the Olympic team and not select crews for these championships, lightweights were called up for the selection trials.
The outstanding lightweight crew of that year was the Mercantile four of Terry Thurtell, lan Porter, Peter MacCartney and John Hawkins.
This crew refused to attend the trials saying that they had already proven themselves for selection. These controversial circumstances perhaps made the AARC's decision to focus on the Olympic Games somewhat easier.
The Championship was combined with the Juniors for the first time.
Men's Lightweight Single Scull
E1: 1st AUT, 2nd FRG, 3rd GBR, 4th ITA, 5th BEL
E2: 1st CAN, 2nd JPN, 3rd IRL, 4th GRE, 5th SWE
E3: 1st FRA, 2nd SUI, 3rd NED, 4th CHN, 5th FIN
E4: 1st USA, 2nd DEN, 3rd MEX, 4th NOR
R1: 1st DEN, 2nd NED, 3rd BEL, 4th GRE
R2: 1st ITA, 2nd SUI, 3rd IRL
R3: 1st GBR, 2nd NOR, 3rd JPN, 4th SWE
SF1: 1st AUT, 2nd NED, 3rd FRA, 4th NOR, 4th ITA, 6th FRG
SF2: 1stb USA, 2nd DEN, 3rd MEX, 4th CAN, 5th SUI, 6th GBR
Final B: 7th SUI, 8th CAN, 9th GBR, 10th NOR, 11th ITA
Final: 1st AUT (Raimund Haberl); 2nd DEN (Morten Espersen); 3rd France (Roland Weill - future FISA Vice President), 4th SUI, 5th NED, 6th SWE
Men's Lightweight Coxless Four
E1: 1st NED, 2nd ITA, 3rd FRG, 4th USA, 5th GBR
E2: 1st NOR, 2nd FRA, 3rd DEN, 4th SUI, 5th SWE, 6th CAN
R1: 1st DEN, 2nd SUI, 3rd ITA, 4th GBR, 5thn TUR
R2: 1st FRA, 2nd SWE, 3rd FRG, 4th CAN, 5th USA
Final B: 7th FRG, 8th ITA, 9th CAN, 10th USA< 11th SUI, 12th YUR
Final: 1st FRA; 2nd NOR, 3rd DEN, 4th SUI, 5th NED, 6th SWE
Men's Lightweight Eight
E1: 1st USA, 2nd FRG, 3rd GBR, 4th CAN, 5th ITA
E2: 1st NED, 2nd AUT, 3rd JPN, 4th SWE
R1: 1st FRG, 2nd SWE, 3rd JPN, 4th ITA
R2: 1st GBR, 2nd CAN, 3rd AUT
Final B: 7th AUT, 8th JPN, 9th ITA
Final: 1st FRG, 2nd GBR; 3rd USA, 4th NED, 5th CAN, 6th SWE