Driving through the early morning drizzle, expectations may have been tempered. But as we rigged the many boats we had taken down to the Dee and the large Inverness contingent gathered, the sun broke through heralding what would be a great days rowing. Inverness had entered 29 crews, including eights, fours, a coxed quad, doubles, pairs and singles. Some members were tasting racing for the first time and some were slightly more seasoned competitors. There were several excellent close-run races which made for some exciting viewing, including our R2 and masters pairs races and the mixed R2 fours, with one of the best races of the day being between two inverness crews!
Inverness also made off with a decent haul of medals with wins in both the open and women’s novice 2x (Harry Ratcliffe & James Luke and Hannah Luke & Rachel Seed), the open novice 1x (Steven Andrews), the open J16 2x (James Luke & Samuel Roxburgh) and the women’s J16 1x (Megan Bromham). There was such enthusiasm from some club members that rowing wasn’t enough and so some swimming was also thrown in, maybe just to cool down!
Brilliant performance all round: captains, organisers, drivers, coaches. Lets hope we can take some of these crews on through autumn and to our November Head Race.