Inverness RC members perform well at the World Rowing Masters Regatta 2011 - Poznan

posted by Roy Sinclair - 14 Sep 2011, 12:48 p.m.

Last weekend in variable and sometimes difficult tailwind conditions, Masters oarsmen and oarswomen from many clubs throughout the length and breadth of Scotland took part in a wide variety of rowing and sculling events at this year's annual FISA World Rowing Masters Regatta held on the 2009 world championship rowing course on the Malta Lake in Poznan, Poland.

A total of nine masters athletes from the Inverness Rowing Club took part in the variety of events offered with many challenging well for the top places in their chosen events, some narrowly missing out on gold medals.

Hazel Smith, Hazel Geddes, Susanne Standish-Hunter and Claire McDougall Smith raced well in category C and D women's events for quadruple sculls, coxed and coxless fours, achieving some fine results in those events. In the men's events for similar boat categories, Gary Hunt (also RAF RC), Ken Sinclair, Dave Rothwell and John Sharkey also produced determined performances but were just off the pace to achieve gold medal positions as did Sharkey and Rothwell in their coxless pairs event and Hunt and Graham Hinshelwood of Strathclyde Park RC in their double sculls event. In his category D single sculls event, Sharkey got off to a determined quick start and led the field by over one length at the 400 metre mark but was overtaken by several of his opponents as he raced for the finishing line. Roy Sinclair raced in category G quadruple sculls and coxed fours events with athletes from other Scottish clubs, just missing out on top three places in both events.

In the mixed events on a sunny Sunday morning, Inverness members combined well in various events to bring a most enjoyable regatta to a successful conclusion although just missing out on gold medals. B)

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