Aberdeen North East Regatta and British Universities Championships

posted by Roy R Sinclair ( Vice President - 8 May 2007

Inverness Rowing Club achieved success at the Aberdeen North East Regatta last weekend in blustery conditions on the River Dee with Inverness members featuring in two winning crews.
Hazel Geddes and Hazel Smith raced well in the Veteran Double Sculls in beating their opponents from Aberdeen Boat Club by two lengths in the final of this event. In the Veteran Coxless Pairs, they also won their semi-final by two lengths against another crew from Aberdeen Boat Club but were unfortunately disqualified for faulty steering.
With Inverness member Colin Sinclair rowing in the No 4 seat, the Aberdeen University Boat Club's R2 Eight convincingly won the final of this event by just under two lengths against an experienced Aberdeen Boat Club crew.

Also at the weekend at the British Universities Rowing Championships in Nottingham, Colin's elder brother Alan and his crew-mate Peter Shannon competing for Aberdeen University in the Double Sculls event qualified for the semi - final with a fine performance recording the fastest time in their preliminary round. Their quest for Gold was thwarted in their semi-final when horrendous cross wind conditions struck the field which saw them fighting all the way to the line but missing out on a place in the final by the narrowest margin of one foot.

The next main season regatta at which Inverness athletes will be competing will be the Castle Semple Regatta which takes place at Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire on Saturday 19th May when some of the Inverness club's youngest members will be keen to emulate their winning performances of last season's visit to this regatta..



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