posted by Roy Sinclair - 14 Jul 2015, 8:05 a.m.
Last weekend saw the last of the three World Rowing Cup regattas which took place on the famous Rotsee course in Lucerne in Switzerland where Imogen Walsh raced in the lightweight women’s single sculls and Alan Sinclair and his crewmates raced in the men’s heavyweight coxless fours event.
GB’s European Champion lightweight women’s single sculler Imogen Walsh excelled in winning her heat to qualify directly to the final of this event in which she had an outstanding race to win silver just behind New Zealander Zoe McBride who had earlier set a world best time for this event in her qualifying heat.
The GB’s European Champion men’s four of Alan Sinclair, Scott Durant, Tom Ransley and Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell have not re-found their form since winning in Poznan. Following their success at Henley Royal Regatta the previous weekend, they won their qualifying heat to progress to their semi-final A/B. Narrowly missing out by a mere three tens of a second to move into the A final, they were fifth just before halfway in the B final before surging through to take third in a close finish with the Czech Republic who were second to Germany.
Walsh and Sinclair now proceed to their European training camp bases in July and August to prepare for the World Rowing Championships being held in early September on the lake at Aiguebelette in France.
Nearer to home in Inverness, the Inverness club held a most successful club sprint regatta on the Caledonian Canal starting on Friday 10th July in which many experienced and novice rowers achieved fine wins in a most enjoyable event.