Macrae & Dick Eights and Small Boats Head + Scottish Rowing Long Distance Time Trial

posted by Roy Sinclair - 22 Feb 2009



A good entry of over 60 crews was received for the Macrae & Dick Eights and Small Boats Heads which took place in variable weather conditions on Saturday 21st February on the superb rowing waters of the Caledonian Canal in Inverness. Much excellent racing was witnessed over the 4.5 kilometre course in an exciting day of competition which included crews from all over Scotland and an enthusiastic contingent of three veteran eights crews from two separate Belfast clubs.

The Mens Open Eights was won by a Glasgow RC/Castle Semple RC crew in an excellent time of 15 minutes 11.0 seconds, just 6 seconds ahead of a crew from Aberdeen BC whilst the fastest time in Womens Open Eights was recorded by Strathclyde Park RC in 18 minutes 03.6 seconds.

Dundee University BC won both the Mens R2 and Mens Novice Eights whilst Aberdeen University BC won both the Mens and Womens R1 Eights. Aberdeen BC won the Womens R2 Eights whilst Belfast RC won a closely contested Mens Veteran Eights event ahead of crews from Belfast BC and Inverness RC. Fastest Womens Veteran Eight was the crew from Inverness RC.

Other winning crews are listed as follows:-

Men

R2 double sculls - Dundee University BC (Herbert)

Veteran double sculls - Belfast BC (Milligan)

R1 coxless pairs - Aberdeen BC (Stevenson)

R2 coxless pairs - St Andrew BC (Wilson)

Open single sculls - Clydesdale ARC (McConnell)

Novice single sculls - St Andrew BC (Wildenhain)

Veteran single sculls - Aberdeen BC (Mathieson)

Women

Open double sculls - Strathclyde Park RC (Connal)

R2 double sculls - St Andrew BC (Spitzer)

Veteran double sculls - St Andrew BC (Spitzer)

Open single sculls - Strathclyde Park RC (Limond)

Junior 18 single sculls - Strathclyde Park RC (Santoni)

Earlier in the day, the Scottish Rowing Long Distance Time Trial took place over the longer 5 kilometre course on the Caledonian Canal. Fastest man down the course was single sculler Alastair McConnell from Clydesdale ARC in a time of 19 minutes 29.8 seconds whilst his clubmate Kelly Limond recorded the fastest womens time of 21 minutes 9.2 seconds in the lightweight single sculls category. In the womens junior events, Strathclyde Park RC (Arnold) was the fastest double sculls crew in 21 minutes 59.8 seconds whilst Nithsdale RC (Findlay) emerged as the fastest single sculler with a time of 22 minutes 55.5 seconds





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