Last weekend on the famous Henley regatta course on the River Thames Alan Sinclair from Belmaduthy in Ross-shire achieved success in the Stewards’ Challenge Cup for Elite coxless fours.
Steered from the bow seat by Alan, stroked by Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell and backed up by crewmates Scott Durant and Tom Ransley, the current European champions navigated a potentially tricky semi-final on Saturday against the University of Pretoria to reach the final of the men’s four event to race the Greek four who were silver medallists behind them in Poznan at the end of May.
Sinclair said ‘ The South Africans were a bit of an unknown quantity – their stroke man has obviously got a pretty good pedigree as Olympic gold-medallist in the lightweight four – so we were knew they weren’t going to be a pushover and we’d have to bring our A game. We delivered a solid row and are happy with how it went ’.
A tighter race ensued for the British four in Sunday’s final – racing as Leander Club and the University of London. Only two-feet separated the two crews at the quarter-mile mark and the British crew needed to dig deep to build a lead through the middle part of the race and then close out the Greeks in the final quarter-mile to achieve a fine win by two lengths in 6 minutes 49 seconds.
Next weekend sees the last of the three World Rowing Cup regattas which takes place on the famous Rotsee course in Lucerne in Switzerland where Sinclair and his crewmates will race in the men’s heavyweight coxless fours event. 2011 World Quadruple Sculls Champion Imogen Walsh races in the lightweight women's single sculls event.
Nearer to home in Inverness, the Inverness club will be holding their club sprint regatta on the Caledonian Canal starting at 5pm on Friday 10th July with the finish line close to the boathouse near the Tomnahurich Bridge.