In occasionally sunny and relatively calm, cold weather conditions, over 400 crews from all over Scotland took part in the Hawco Inverness Fours/Quads and Small Boats Heads on Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th November on the superb rowing waters of the Caledonian Canal in Inverness over a course of approximately 4500 metres from Dochgarroch to the Inverness Rowing Club's Boathouse close to the Tomnahurich Swing Bridge. All crews raced over the full length course with the exception of Novice and the younger Junior 14/15 crews which raced over a slightly shorter course length of approximately 3500 metres.
Much excellent racing was witnessed on both days of the regatta with the host club winning the Women's Veteran Quad Sculls on Saturday and the Women's Junior 18 Double Sculls and the Novice Coxed Quad Sculls on the Sunday. Edinburgh University BC which is classified as a sub-division of GB Rowing boated some crews with athletes of national and international status and were the club which won the most events during the course of the two day regatta.
In the Fours/Quads events, the fastest men's fours crew of the regatta weekend and winning the traditional set of mounted antlers was the Edinburgh University BC Open Quad Scull stroked by Matt Curtis in a time of 15 minutes 1 second. The fastest women's crew was the Edinburgh University BC Open Coxless Four stroked by Alex Rankin in a time of 16 minutes 44 seconds.
In the Small Boats events, fastest men's crew on Saturday was the Edinburgh University BC single sculler Dale Flockhart in a time of 17 minutes 38 seconds. Fastest women's crew on Saturday was the veteran double scull from Strathclyde Park RC stroked by Ailie Ord in a time of 18 minutes 19 seconds. Fastest women's crew on Sunday was the Inverness RC's junior 18 double scull stroked by Sara Johnston in a time of 19 minutes 22 seconds, whilst the medals for the fastest men's crew went to the Edinburgh University BC open double scull stroked by Gavin Horsburgh in a time of 16 minutes 14 seconds.
Full sets of results from both days of racing may be accessed on our events page.